This is the Philly cheesesteak post you’ve been waiting for. Well, not really, but here it goes anyway. Right before Jen and I left Philadelphia, early on a Sunday before the crowds arrived, we stopped by the famous area where Pat’s and Geno’s are located. It’s almost comical — these cheesesteak superstars go head-to-head in plain site of each other, separated by no more than 100 feet. (No, I didn’t measure, but trust me, they’re really close!) I tried both, back to back. Here’s what I think.
First up, Geno’s, the style winner by a land-slide. Just look at how cool this place is. The cheesesteak sure looks good with that nicely sliced meat, onions, and a great roll. It’s a good value for the money too. Honestly, if I had this place in my home neighborhood, I’d take everyone here. And if I didn’t know any better, I’d say this is a darned good cheesesteak. Really, no complaints.
Next up, Pat’s. It’s got more of an old-fashioned feel to the place, without all the crazy lights and bright orange tiles like at Geno’s. But we’re here for the food. Yeow, this is the good stuff. The meat is chopped up and messy, and you’re gonna get gristly bits for sure. This is not the cheesesteak you take home to meet your mom, unless your mom is totally freakin’ awesome and cares more about the flavor than anything else. Pat’s is so good, I can hardly believe there is any debate about who makes the best cheesesteak in Philly. Go here, and don’t plan to share, because you’re gonna want one of these all to yourself. And just a note if you’re from out of town, you’ll definitely want to drive or take a cab here. Trust me, it’s worth it. I know there are mixed reviews on Yelp (for both of these places), but the haters must have lost their minds or their taste buds, and maybe both.