Other than South Philly, this is probably the most popular place for genuine cheesesteaks (made with Cheese Whiz). Know exactly what you want before you order - they're a bit like the Soup Nazi here and have little patience for waffling.
Beware - the place reeks of steaming meat. You might be overcome before you get your order.
Favorite Dish: Get the cheesesteak with double the cheese. Mmmm.
Don't go to Philadelphia without sampling a real Philly cheese steak. The most famous places are Pat's and Geno's, adjacent to eachother on Passyunk Ave in the south side of the town.
Favorite Dish: Cheese steak of course!
Forget Pat's and Geno's (even if they ARE open 24 hours) and head on over to Tony Luke's for the best cheesesteak in Philly! They have limited hours (business hours, with extended evening hours in the summer), but if you go when they're open you're in for a treat (just remember, for every authentic Philly cheesesteak you eat remember to subtract five years off your life expectancy due to the grease and cholesterol ...).
Favorite Dish: "Cheesesteak, Wiz, with!"
Native Philly cheesesteak afficionados should understand this lingo. If you don't understand it, order one to try an authentic Philly cheesesteak (note, it's "Wiz with" and not "with Wiz", as the "with" actually means "with fried onions")!
I typically also get hot peppers, although that is no longer considered an "authentic" Philly cheesesteak.
Philly is the home of the Phila Cheesesteak Sandwich and in the heart of South Philly this is the place to come for a Cheesesteak Sandwich. Have it with provolne cheese or cheesewiz sauce, have with mushrooms or as a pizza steak sand or have it plain , no matter how you have it its all good... Whether you have one here at Genos or at any neighborhood sandwich shop when in Philly do as the Philadelphians do, Have a steak sandwich and enjoy.... mmmmm so good....
Cheese steaks made any which way you want it. Especially light considering the ingredients. The lines may deter you, but DO NOT miss the chance to try one. Relatively well priced. And definitely filling though you may want another for the road.
Favorite Dish: Cheese Steak With provolone, peppers, and onions. MMMMMM Good.
Just a sidewalk sandwich shop open 24-7 in South Philly, that is the self-proclaimed originator of the "Philly Cheesesteak".
Favorite Dish: Personally, I don't care much for the cheez-wiz (or whatever it is). But if you get it with just the sauce and the hot peppers, it is delicious. (Actually, the best cheesesteak (made with provolone) I ever had was at a hole-in-the-wall across from Temple University on Broad St....I'm sorry, but I can't remember the name). But, no matter where you get your cheesesteak, I can't imagine anyone in Philly making a bad one.
Geno's, down in South Philly by the Vet
It's a hardcore, 'Soup Nazi'-type place, and the sandwiches are heart attacks waiting to happen, but damn! They're delicious! For the uninitiated, a cheese steak is a freshly baked hoagie filled with thinly-sliced roast beef, grilled onions and peppers, and melted cheese, hopefully Provolone, though soem swear by the Cheese Whiz (ugh!). It's a simple recipe, but for some reason, only in Philly can they do it right.
Favorite Dish: The best Cheesesteaks in the city
A good place to eat, especially, when you are in philly, try philly cheese steak. Jim is a good place. pretty crowded. but eat inside, so good for cold weather.
Try it for yourself. I like it but I'm not good at describing food. I only know how to taste them ;-)
Favorite Dish: Philly Cheesesteak.
A South Philly institution. The eclectic group of people you will see in line at Pat's any hour of the day makes it even better.
Favorite Dish: two witout with cheez whiz