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You don’t need to make the trip to Philadelphia’s famous Pat’s King of Steaks to dig into an authentic cheesesteak. In honor of National Cheesesteak Day on March 24, try one of these NJ spots instead.

Better Than Philly Cheesesteaks
693 Lyons Ave., Irvington; 973-757-2442
1515 US Rte. 22, Watchung; 908-222-3300

Keep it classic, or try a different kind of cheesesteak like the salmon, surf and turf or fried chicken.

Chick’s Deli
906 Township Ln., Cherry Hill
856-429-2022
This no-frills deli is beloved for their hoagies and cheesesteaks (namely the buffalo chicken).

Donkey’s Place
1223 Haddon Ave., Camden; 856-966-2616
Donkey’s Too: 11 Tomlinson Mill Rd., Medford; 856-810-0445

Donkey’s has been around since the 1940s, and is famous for its signature steaks with fried onions, American cheese and optional red cherry peppers, all on a seeded Kaiser roll.

Fat Stevo’s Cheesesteaks
191 Rte. NJ-15, Lafayette Twp.
862-245-8586
The kids will go gaga for the pizza cheesesteak, loaded with mozzarella, marinara and garlic seasoning. Flex your Garden State pride with the Jersey, fixed with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, raw onion, butter and garlic.

Knife and Fork
3600 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City
609-344-1133

This resto is famous for steak and seafood. Order the K&F Cheesesteak with melted emmentaler and braised onions.

Lucky’s Steak Plate
18-50 River Rd., Fair Lawn
201-796-1999
These local gems are made with thinly sliced ribeye steak or chicken; go authentic with whiz, then add peppers, onions or mushrooms.

Newark Cheesesteak House
22 Bloomfield Ave., Newark
973-412-1400
The name says it all. Choose from 20+ beef and chicken steaks.

The Original Gaetano’s
1280 Highway 33, Hamilton
609-588-8111

Worried about authenticity on this side of the Walt Whitman Bridge? This spot (with nearly three dozen types of steaks) was a top-5 finisher in the first Philadelphia Cheesesteak Festival.

Tony Boloney’s
300 Oriental Ave., Atlantic City; 609-344-8669
263 1st St., Hoboken;
201-222-8669
363 Grove St., Jersey City; 201-275-0629
72 Ocean Ave., Long Branch; 732-963-8629
Order out using the catering menu, or come through for a Oui Oui, a French onion soup cheesesteak with caramelized onions and gruyere. At the Long Branch location, try the Brotherly Love on for size, shaved ribeye with white wiz, fried onions, calabrian chili spread and fried long hots.

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