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Philadelphia Historical Independence Walking Tour
"Are you tired of going on tours in which the guide knows less than you do? The guides for Bow Tie Tours are teachers not actors or college students who have studied a cram sheet and they are well-trained in providing people information in an interesting and entertaining manner whether you are a parent with young children or a college professor looking to gain insight into the historical activities of Philadelphia. Join us as we see Independence Hall Declaration House Franklin Court the Betsy Ross House
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Double-Decker Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour of Philadelphia
"Board the open-top double-decker bus at any of the 27 stops covering 16 miles of Philadelphia. Ride the full 1.5-hour loop with live commentary on board and enjoy access to 100 of the city's most popular attractions and landmarks. Hop on and off as you please!Travel at your leisure with this valuable today and tomorrow pass that allows to explore with added value of transportation throughout Downtown"""This hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour lets you experience the rich history and legendary sights of Philadelphia with ease. Take advantage of this 2 day pass that allows you to explore Philadelphia with the added value of transportatation. Expert local gui including the Liberty Bell Independence Hall and the US Mint. Aboard the double-decker bus
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Small-Group Tour of Philadelphia's Center City
"Meet your guide at City Hall the cultural and geographic heart of central Philadelphia and begin your holiday walking tour of downtown also known as Center City.At nearby Dilworth Park watch ice skaters glide against the backdrop of City Hall before continuing on to the Reading Terminal a US National Historic Landmark. Downstairs explore the dynamic Reading Terminal Market
From $39.00

Philly Cheese Steaks Tips (26)

Steve's Prince of Steaks: Philly Cheesesteaks

Everyone has heard of Philly Cheesesteaks and here in Philadelphia people are always finding the "best" place to get one. The famous establishments, Pats and Gino's have become more a tourist destination instead of serving up quality cheesesteaks.

I will not say that Steve's has the best cheesesteaks in the city... but, they are darn good and are always mentioned in the local newspapers when they go searching for the the best cheesesteaks in Philly. You need to know your cheesesteaks and how you want them. With cheese whiz.. yes, I know how that sounds but people like it or with other types of cheese.

So, don't let the looks of these establishments fool you, they have great food and do offer other sandwiches and Hoagies.
Regardless where you go to try your cheesesteak, don't leave Philadelphia without at least having one. The trick will be to limit yourself to only one :)

Favorite Dish Mushroom Cheesesteak with onions mmmm getting hungry just thinking about it haha

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bct341
Aug 09, 2003

A Small Place on Route 202 in BlueBell: Philadelphia Cheese Steak

When we used to work late somebody would usually pop up the road to get us some food for the evening. The usual choice would for a Philly Cheese Steak or a Hoagie. They are wonderful as a snack (big snack though) to keep you going for a while. But you do need to be careful that the juices don't leak out all down your front.

Favorite Dish Cheese steak without onions. I know - I'm missing out on a huge part of the flavour. But the texture of cooked onions makes me want to throw up. I do like raw onions though!

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pmarshuk
Aug 08, 2003

The Famous Philly Cheesesteak

The Philly Cheesesteak is apparently what Philadelphia is known for and you can find them in South Street.

Chinatown has all the Asian delicacies and South Philly has the wonderful homemade Italian cooking.

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keeweechic
Jul 27, 2003

Jim's Steaks: The best cheesesteaks!

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.

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emilesc
May 22, 2003
 
 
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Pat's, and Geno's: The Real Cheese Steak

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!

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LHOON
Apr 20, 2003

Tony Luke's Old Philly Style Sandwiches: The REAL best cheesesteak in Philly!

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.

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lewster
Apr 01, 2003

Genos's Philly Cheesesteak: When in Philly do as the Philadelphians do.

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....

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mannymiami
Mar 31, 2003

Jim's Steaks: Cheese Steak Made the right way!!!

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.

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Dec 11, 2002

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Pat's King Of Steaks: Home Of The Original Philly Cheesesteak

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.

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NitnyLeo
Sep 22, 2002

Geno's, down in South Philly...

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

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DrewV
Aug 24, 2002

Jake's Sandwich Board: Great Philly Sandwiches!

An interesting local place serving Philly-style sandwiches, including brisket cheesesteak sandwiches. Worth a try when visiting Philadelphia!

Favorite Dish I had the cheesesteak sandwich -- very delicious!

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meteorologist1
Oct 19, 2014

Philly Cheese Steaks: Jim's cheese steak

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.

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Tatpong
Feb 10, 2005

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City Hall

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Reading Terminal Market

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Historical Society of Pennsylvania

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St. Mark's Episcopal Church

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Rittenhouse Square

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