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A pilgrimage to Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s in Philadelphia

posted on December 3, 2007 at 9:57 am

One thing missing from my foodie street cred. was an authentic Philly cheesesteak. Well, I finally got my cheesesteak–actually five of them–on a recent trip to Philly this weekend. My sister and I immediately dropped our bags and jumped in a cab to the legendary corner where Pat’s and Geno’s duel it out for the title of best cheesesteak in Philadelphia.

Gino's: Philadelphia

Gino's: Philadelphia
Cheesesteak with provolone at Geno’s

Pat's: Philadelphia
Menu at Pat’s King of Steaks

Pat's: Philly
Pat’s: provolone, american, and cheese whiz.

The verdict?
Geno’s was not bad, but there was little seasoning on the meat and meat to bread ratio was off. Pat’s with cheese whiz was the hands down favorite. The meat was seasoned well and a hefty portion vs. Geno’s. I was pretty surprised that the whiz was my favorite–thought I’d be a provolone gal. The addition of the fried dried red chili peppers (from the condiment stand) was dreamy. Some construction workers, sitting next to us, were surprised at the sight of two girls with at a table littered with five cheesesteaks and a handful of chili peppers. They told us they could not believe we could handle the hot peppers so I had to say, “Yo soy Mexicana!” They found that pretty funny. On a separate note, someone told me that there is a place called Jim’s that is pretty good too, but we had a very busy weekend and never got over there. I got a great cheesesteak anyway and that is all that matters–mission accomplished.


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4 comments

  • Re: A pilgrimage to Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s in Philadelphia
    posted by: Ames31 · December 9, 2007  4:26 PM

    I am an Atlanta Native and went to school in Philly! I agree Pats is WAY better than Geno’s. I find Geno’s is quite dry and boring. Although i have to say you missed out on the true Cheesesteak atmosphere, about 3am in either PJ’s or a Formal Gown! And generally it is soooo cold you have to eat in your car. Did you try the cheese fries? They are the best!

  • Re: A pilgrimage to Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s in Philadelphia
    posted by: Anonymous · December 10, 2007  12:08 PM

    Cheesesteak is a matter of some debate. Jim’s on South Street is a good answer. Others are Larry’s in Wynnefield on 54th Street. Explorer’s Den across from LaSalle University in West Oaklane is another. Abner’s Cheesesteak at 38th & Walnut in West Philly/University City is another. (I’d rank them that way.)

    Chicken cheesesteak is not. Ishkabbibles 3rd and South is the best in town. Hands down. (Also, best cheesefries.)

  • Re: A pilgrimage to Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s in Philadelphia
    posted by: Anonymous · December 11, 2007  10:01 AM

    You have to try Tony Lukes the next time your in Phillie- get the pork sandwich with rabe……or a cheezesteak- or the chicken parm sand….out of this world……the ohters are good- but doesn’t beat Tony Lukes. Actauualy ran into Ralfie Furcak pregame a few years ago whenn they were playing the phillies……

  • Re: A pilgrimage to Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s in Philadelphia
    posted by: benjamin Webb · September 8, 2009  10:39 PM

    one day i sure hope to share that same experience…

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