Jim's Steaks

★★★★☆
  • 400 South St

    Philadelphia, PA 19147

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  • 215-928-1911

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Love this place.

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Love this place.

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Greasy steaks prepared long before you arrive.

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Greasy steaks prepared long before you arrive.

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The experience was amazing. The staff was excellent, the location was perfect. I highly recommended this restaurant to everyone.

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★★★★★

The experience was amazing. The staff was excellent, the location was perfect. I highly recommended this restaurant to everyone.

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best ch Steaks in philly

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best ch Steaks in philly

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I could swear the steaks at Jim's used to be sliced fresh on a slicer and then grilled without chopping the meat much at all. Now it is so finely chopped it might as well be hamburger meat and I don't think it is sliced fresh for each

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I could swear the steaks at Jim's used to be sliced fresh on a slicer and then grilled without chopping the meat much at all. Now it is so finely chopped it might as well be hamburger meat and I don't think it is sliced fresh for each

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I have tried Pat's and Geno's, and let me tell you...they are JUNK compared to Jim's!!!

Even with the traffic of South Street and hunt for a parking spot do not stop us from going to Jim's. Pat's and Geno's could be offering free steaks,

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★★★★★

I have tried Pat's and Geno's, and let me tell you...they are JUNK compared to Jim's!!!

Even with the traffic of South Street and hunt for a parking spot do not stop us from going to Jim's. Pat's and Geno's could be offering free steaks,

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soo good. I sampled several in philly. they all have their uniqueness This one is in the top 3. NO SMALL FEAT!

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★★★★☆

soo good. I sampled several in philly. they all have their uniqueness This one is in the top 3. NO SMALL FEAT!

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Great place to grab a steak sandwich....when any of my friends are in from out of town this is where we go hands down. Sometimes you will be waiting in line, but that is to be expected....its worth the wait, trust me! This place lives

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★★★★☆

Great place to grab a steak sandwich....when any of my friends are in from out of town this is where we go hands down. Sometimes you will be waiting in line, but that is to be expected....its worth the wait, trust me! This place lives

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I just got into Philly while on business, I stayed at the Omni, had a beer at the bar and asked the bartender how far Pat & Genos were from the hotel, with a look of disgust on his face, he said it was in south philly and was a decent

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★★★★☆

I just got into Philly while on business, I stayed at the Omni, had a beer at the bar and asked the bartender how far Pat & Genos were from the hotel, with a look of disgust on his face, he said it was in south philly and was a decent

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In Philadelphia, most people talk about Pat's and Geno's when they talk about cheese steaks. If they lived in the city, they would know it's wrong. Jim's is much better in my opinion. It not only has indoor seating (something that is very key during 6 months a year!) but also friendly staff and a good atmosphere. the food is really good, and they use better quality steak than most of the "famous" places in Philly. The $6.50 price tag for a cheese steak is the norm in the city, but I always feel better spending it there than anywhere else!

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★★★★☆

In Philadelphia, most people talk about Pat's and Geno's when they talk about cheese steaks. If they lived in the city, they would know it's wrong. Jim's is much better in my opinion. It not only has indoor seating (something that is very key during 6 months a year!) but also friendly staff and a good atmosphere. the food is really good, and they use better quality steak than most of the "famous" places in Philly. The $6.50 price tag for a cheese steak is the norm in the city, but I always feel better spending it there than anywhere else!

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After reading the bad reviews on this site, I knew I had to say my piece.

These are the best cheesesteaks in Philly. They also have another location in Northeast Philly which is much bigger.

Anyway, they are simply amazing. Anyone who says differently doesn't know what a true cheesesteak should taste like (especially those out-of-towners)! Trust me, if you want a real cheesesteak and some delicious cheese fries to go with it, go to Jim's Steaks. You won't regret it!

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★★★★★

After reading the bad reviews on this site, I knew I had to say my piece.

These are the best cheesesteaks in Philly. They also have another location in Northeast Philly which is much bigger.

Anyway, they are simply amazing. Anyone who says differently doesn't know what a true cheesesteak should taste like (especially those out-of-towners)! Trust me, if you want a real cheesesteak and some delicious cheese fries to go with it, go to Jim's Steaks. You won't regret it!

Pros: Fast service, best cheesesteaks.

Cons: A bit expensive.

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Went to Jim's yesterday and it was goooood. Upstairs seating was a plus.

People complaining about rude employees are right but doesn't that go along with the whole experience? Fast greasy food with "throw it at ya" service.

I'm a New Yorker so I guess you could say I get the joke. Suburbanites and country folk, try not to take it personally. Laugh when a rude employee insults you, like I did and you'll have a good time and a good steak.

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★★★☆☆

Went to Jim's yesterday and it was goooood. Upstairs seating was a plus.

People complaining about rude employees are right but doesn't that go along with the whole experience? Fast greasy food with "throw it at ya" service.

I'm a New Yorker so I guess you could say I get the joke. Suburbanites and country folk, try not to take it personally. Laugh when a rude employee insults you, like I did and you'll have a good time and a good steak.

Pros: Cheese steaks are awesome

Cons: Employees are rude

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I know that others might like some of the more well-known places, but by far, Jim's is the best and my personal favorite for cheesesteaks in Phili! Love the autographed pictures on the walls. I like eating in the upstairs area.

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★★★★★

I know that others might like some of the more well-known places, but by far, Jim's is the best and my personal favorite for cheesesteaks in Phili! Love the autographed pictures on the walls. I like eating in the upstairs area.

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When I visited Philadelphia today my friend said you must go to Jim's Steaks. I was amazed when I saw the long lines and smelled the aroma of the cooking. I have eaten cheesesteaks all my life so I feel I know a good one from a bad one. Jim's Steak unfortunately was a bad one. First it arrived with little meat.The cheesesteak was completely tasteless and so bland that I had to eat it together with potato chips just to get the taste of salt to possibly blend with this tasteless sandwich. In addition the staff were placing tomatoes in containers without any gloves.In fact I observed staff eating food with their fingers as they served customers. Not the most sanitary place.It is one thing if you come here just because you see the long lines but if you are a repeat customer and really feel this place is any good.....then you have to wonder are your taste buds awake or asleep.The whole experience has made me want to be a vegetarian.

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When I visited Philadelphia today my friend said you must go to Jim's Steaks. I was amazed when I saw the long lines and smelled the aroma of the cooking. I have eaten cheesesteaks all my life so I feel I know a good one from a bad one. Jim's Steak unfortunately was a bad one. First it arrived with little meat.The cheesesteak was completely tasteless and so bland that I had to eat it together with potato chips just to get the taste of salt to possibly blend with this tasteless sandwich. In addition the staff were placing tomatoes in containers without any gloves.In fact I observed staff eating food with their fingers as they served customers. Not the most sanitary place.It is one thing if you come here just because you see the long lines but if you are a repeat customer and really feel this place is any good.....then you have to wonder are your taste buds awake or asleep.The whole experience has made me want to be a vegetarian.

Pros: Absolutely None

Cons: Taste, Price and the Long Lines

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Forget Pat's and Gino's go to the best! While the line winds around and you are waiting your turn you can watch them thinly slice the steak in front of your eyes. I have recommended Jim's to many people and all have enjoyed the experience.

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★★★★★

Forget Pat's and Gino's go to the best! While the line winds around and you are waiting your turn you can watch them thinly slice the steak in front of your eyes. I have recommended Jim's to many people and all have enjoyed the experience.

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Jim's always has a line around the corner for a reason, they are that good! I live in the city and anytime a friend comes in from out of town they always want to make a trip to Jim's. The steaks are Philly! The place is famous as noted by all the autographed photos on the wall!

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Jim's always has a line around the corner for a reason, they are that good! I live in the city and anytime a friend comes in from out of town they always want to make a trip to Jim's. The steaks are Philly! The place is famous as noted by all the autographed photos on the wall!

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I was visiting from LA and hadn't been in Philly for awhile and much to my surprise I've ordered cheesesteaks in California that were 10 times better than this. The workers were all rude, didn't put enough cheese whiz on my steak and charged me out the ***. If you're visiting Philly, do Pat's or Geno's, but stay away from this dump.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was visiting from LA and hadn't been in Philly for awhile and much to my surprise I've ordered cheesesteaks in California that were 10 times better than this. The workers were all rude, didn't put enough cheese whiz on my steak and charged me out the ***. If you're visiting Philly, do Pat's or Geno's, but stay away from this dump.

Pros: The upstairs was kind of cool

Cons: Employees looked like they were all on work release

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This was the best. I had a cheesesteak at jim's and I craved more. Then I visited pats, Pats had bad food and the didn't care at all about you. If your in phillie and you want a cheesesteak visit jim's and not pat's

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★★★★★

This was the best. I had a cheesesteak at jim's and I craved more. Then I visited pats, Pats had bad food and the didn't care at all about you. If your in phillie and you want a cheesesteak visit jim's and not pat's

Pros: Example: best croissants in town

Cons: What are the drawbacks?

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The service at this dump is downright rude and indifferent. The lazy employees have an attitude problem and don't care about friendly service with a smile.

Save your money and go somewhere else that appreciates your business.

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The service at this dump is downright rude and indifferent. The lazy employees have an attitude problem and don't care about friendly service with a smile.

Save your money and go somewhere else that appreciates your business.

Pros: None

Cons: Rude Service, Mediocre Cheesesteaks, Overpriced

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Think the best steak & cheese in Philadelphia can be found at either Pat's or Geno's? Wrong! It's at Jim's!

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Think the best steak & cheese in Philadelphia can be found at either Pat's or Geno's? Wrong! It's at Jim's!

Pros: Best Steaks

Cons: What are the drawbacks?

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It's all in the cheese wiz!!!
Although it's crowded, once you're inside there's space to sit down.

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★★★★☆

It's all in the cheese wiz!!!
Although it's crowded, once you're inside there's space to sit down.

Pros: Best cheese steaks in Philly

Cons: The wait is a bit much but definitely worth it

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Tourists to Philadelphia - Do what the locals do. We locals know that Pat's and Geno's are two tourist traps living off of their prior reputations. If you want to have a great cheesesteak, you don't have to go any farhter than Center City. Jim's Steaks offers the best! Forget the cheese whiz (which I always said was simply disgusting) - go for the provolone. You might experience a long wait - that should tell you something positive is about to be served to you.

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★★★★★

Tourists to Philadelphia - Do what the locals do. We locals know that Pat's and Geno's are two tourist traps living off of their prior reputations. If you want to have a great cheesesteak, you don't have to go any farhter than Center City. Jim's Steaks offers the best! Forget the cheese whiz (which I always said was simply disgusting) - go for the provolone. You might experience a long wait - that should tell you something positive is about to be served to you.

Pros: Best cheesesteak in Center City, Philadelphia

Cons: Seating area is not the best

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Best meat + best buns + best technique = Jim's. If you want to look like a total douche, get the Cheese Whiz which the other places prefer because they're too lazy. Stick with the American.

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★★★★★

Best meat + best buns + best technique = Jim's. If you want to look like a total douche, get the Cheese Whiz which the other places prefer because they're too lazy. Stick with the American.

Pros: Best steaks in town

Cons: LIMITED seating and long lines on Saturdays

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I've long held that the only place to get a good Philadelphia cheesesteak is in Philly itself. For some reason you just can't get one of these elsewhere. Jim's has the reputation and you won't be disappointed. Having said that, seating is very limited and there are people who will line up well outside the door to get their hands (and mouth) on one of their 'steaks. I like cheesesteaks. I've eaten cheesteaks. Cheesesteaks are a friend of my stomach. But... I'd never wait more than 10 minutes to get one and that includes Jim's. But, if you have to go to the place, I guess you have to do what you have to do. There's very little seating, the cooks are Northeast fast and rude so be ready for that if you're from Kansas sports fans. Otherwise, get ready for a great Philadelphia cheesesteak!

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★★★★☆

I've long held that the only place to get a good Philadelphia cheesesteak is in Philly itself. For some reason you just can't get one of these elsewhere. Jim's has the reputation and you won't be disappointed. Having said that, seating is very limited and there are people who will line up well outside the door to get their hands (and mouth) on one of their 'steaks. I like cheesesteaks. I've eaten cheesteaks. Cheesesteaks are a friend of my stomach. But... I'd never wait more than 10 minutes to get one and that includes Jim's. But, if you have to go to the place, I guess you have to do what you have to do. There's very little seating, the cooks are Northeast fast and rude so be ready for that if you're from Kansas sports fans. Otherwise, get ready for a great Philadelphia cheesesteak!

Pros: A great, classic Philly 'steak

Cons: Can be a long line, limited seating. Upstairs seating is singularly dirty and charmless.

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Great steak sandwiches, and don't be put off by the hustle and bustle. Nobody ever explains that part of the Jim's cheesteak mystique is the bread they use, custom-baked for Jim's in South Philadelphia. The long lines that occasionally snake out the door onto South Street are, after all, people voting for this place -- and who clearly believe it's worth the wait. It IS. Funky decor. Go upstairs with your order and grab one of the tables by the front window and you can munch while watching the activities on South and 4th Streets. The staff can be brusque if you are first in line but don't know what you want, or if you don't have your money ready to pay after you they hand you the tray with your order on it. But they mean well - they're just really busy because this place, if you seek a great Philadelphia cheesesteak, is THE PLACE TO GET IT.

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★★★★★

Great steak sandwiches, and don't be put off by the hustle and bustle. Nobody ever explains that part of the Jim's cheesteak mystique is the bread they use, custom-baked for Jim's in South Philadelphia. The long lines that occasionally snake out the door onto South Street are, after all, people voting for this place -- and who clearly believe it's worth the wait. It IS. Funky decor. Go upstairs with your order and grab one of the tables by the front window and you can munch while watching the activities on South and 4th Streets. The staff can be brusque if you are first in line but don't know what you want, or if you don't have your money ready to pay after you they hand you the tray with your order on it. But they mean well - they're just really busy because this place, if you seek a great Philadelphia cheesesteak, is THE PLACE TO GET IT.

Pros: Most likely the best cheesesteak available in Philadelphia or anywhere

Cons: If hustle and bustle bothers you, try off-hour visit. The place is often packed but turnover is rapid and the food's worth it..

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For 30 years I wanted to go to Philly & find the best Cheese Steak. Finally making it there this spring, myself and a coworker decided to visit the 3 most popular haunts in walking distance from our hotel downtown. We decided to hike to Geno's, Pat's and Jim's.

Geno's was first & we were so disappointed in the steak!!! It was dry - too much bread & it just had little flavor. The locals I asked told us & I must confirm that the price is way too much for what you get. I will say the meat was lean (& sliced), but I can get a better Philly in Denver, CO than at Geno's. My co-worker had the exact same impression.
I admire Geno's for their publicity of cops' causes, but I got to wonder if that is more for their own publicity than for the cops. This has nothing to do with the taste test (as I had already had my steak), but it was offensive none the less: Geno's will give out free bumper stickers (1 per customer the sign says), espousing their latest publicity on ordering in English. I saw a fellow in front of me get 5-10 of them. So I asked for 1. The employee turned & asked an old guy (I think it was Joey), if he had any stickers to give out - pointing to me. I guess I didn't look South Philly enough, cause he said "nah, we're out."
Very classy Joey!!! I'll just make sure that everyone knows my opinion of Geno's. Since I work in the travel industry, I'll make sure to tell folks where to steer clear in Philly.

As for the rest of the Steak trip - the next two were a quantum leap!
After Geno's we go across the street to Pat's. The employee greets us with a big smile & takes our order. Oh man - night & day! Pat's was HUGE! They piled it on & yes this is what I was expecting in a steak in SO Philly. Outstanding.

After some serious walking, I worked up enough room to venture to Jim's at South & 4th. While not as big as Pat's - it had a certain flavor that just beat out Pat's.
Locals say Gooey Louie's (huge & meaty) & Tony Luke's are the best.

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★★★★★

For 30 years I wanted to go to Philly & find the best Cheese Steak. Finally making it there this spring, myself and a coworker decided to visit the 3 most popular haunts in walking distance from our hotel downtown. We decided to hike to Geno's, Pat's and Jim's.

Geno's was first & we were so disappointed in the steak!!! It was dry - too much bread & it just had little flavor. The locals I asked told us & I must confirm that the price is way too much for what you get. I will say the meat was lean (& sliced), but I can get a better Philly in Denver, CO than at Geno's. My co-worker had the exact same impression.
I admire Geno's for their publicity of cops' causes, but I got to wonder if that is more for their own publicity than for the cops. This has nothing to do with the taste test (as I had already had my steak), but it was offensive none the less: Geno's will give out free bumper stickers (1 per customer the sign says), espousing their latest publicity on ordering in English. I saw a fellow in front of me get 5-10 of them. So I asked for 1. The employee turned & asked an old guy (I think it was Joey), if he had any stickers to give out - pointing to me. I guess I didn't look South Philly enough, cause he said "nah, we're out."
Very classy Joey!!! I'll just make sure that everyone knows my opinion of Geno's. Since I work in the travel industry, I'll make sure to tell folks where to steer clear in Philly.

As for the rest of the Steak trip - the next two were a quantum leap!
After Geno's we go across the street to Pat's. The employee greets us with a big smile & takes our order. Oh man - night & day! Pat's was HUGE! They piled it on & yes this is what I was expecting in a steak in SO Philly. Outstanding.

After some serious walking, I worked up enough room to venture to Jim's at South & 4th. While not as big as Pat's - it had a certain flavor that just beat out Pat's.
Locals say Gooey Louie's (huge & meaty) & Tony Luke's are the best.

Pros: Awesome Steak (wit wiz), nice view (&scenery) of South St from upstairs, Beer!

Cons: Slightly Rude Help, pricey for size (but worth it).

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Don't listen to the people giving this place four or five stars. It's garbage and the people who work there are miserable. If I want to get yelled at by people serving me food I'll commit a crime and go to jail instead. Oh, the cheesesteaks that people rave about? A big, fat, meh.

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★☆☆☆☆

Don't listen to the people giving this place four or five stars. It's garbage and the people who work there are miserable. If I want to get yelled at by people serving me food I'll commit a crime and go to jail instead. Oh, the cheesesteaks that people rave about? A big, fat, meh.

Pros: None

Cons: Miserable employees, mediocre cheesesteaks.

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I've tried both Pat's and Geno's and Jim's beats them hands down, the cheese-steaks are that much better. Service is likely to be a bit brusque, but as far as I'm concerned that is understandable given the giant line and continuous stream of customers who trail through the place every night. There is a seating area upstairs which is pretty utilitarian but serviceable. Overall, Jim's definitely wins for deliciousness.

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★★★★☆

I've tried both Pat's and Geno's and Jim's beats them hands down, the cheese-steaks are that much better. Service is likely to be a bit brusque, but as far as I'm concerned that is understandable given the giant line and continuous stream of customers who trail through the place every night. There is a seating area upstairs which is pretty utilitarian but serviceable. Overall, Jim's definitely wins for deliciousness.

Pros: Best Cheesesteak

Cons: Long lines

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The cheese steak was good. But wt really bothered me was the service. It was a a big black guy cooking and treated me and my friend visiting from Europe like craap. His attitude overshadowed the whole experience. He was also cooking with no gloves and touching our food with his unclipped and dirty fingernails. All I know is that, its customers that keep that place open, they should at least be polite and grateful for that. BAAD service, think again before going.......

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★☆☆☆☆

The cheese steak was good. But wt really bothered me was the service. It was a a big black guy cooking and treated me and my friend visiting from Europe like craap. His attitude overshadowed the whole experience. He was also cooking with no gloves and touching our food with his unclipped and dirty fingernails. All I know is that, its customers that keep that place open, they should at least be polite and grateful for that. BAAD service, think again before going.......

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Had a taste off this summer between Pat's, Geno's, and Jim's, and Jim's won with 5 of the 7 votes. Jim's has the most flavor, best rolls, and best service of all three. And you can't beat the South Street scene. Viva la Jim's!!

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★★★★★

Had a taste off this summer between Pat's, Geno's, and Jim's, and Jim's won with 5 of the 7 votes. Jim's has the most flavor, best rolls, and best service of all three. And you can't beat the South Street scene. Viva la Jim's!!

Pros: Taste, Service, Atmosphere

Cons: DON'T GO AT LUNCHTIME (you'll starve to death before you can order), Cheesesteaks are not date food

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Having grown up in South Philly, I have tasted nearly every cheesesteak in town. Hands down, Jim's on South Street is by far , THE BEST. I know, I know I'm suppose to say Pat's Steaks or Geno's. But, I feel that Jim's is ( so sorry Frankie) , not only the best quality steak, but also the least greasiest.

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★★★★★

Having grown up in South Philly, I have tasted nearly every cheesesteak in town. Hands down, Jim's on South Street is by far , THE BEST. I know, I know I'm suppose to say Pat's Steaks or Geno's. But, I feel that Jim's is ( so sorry Frankie) , not only the best quality steak, but also the least greasiest.

Pros: The best tasting steak sandwich around

Cons: hard to park

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Maybe I'm missing something, but my first taste of a Jim's cheesesteak was very disappointing. I'm no expert, but I've tasted Tony Luke's, Pat's, and Geno's, and this didn't come close. Tony Luke's will leave you wanting more. Jim's will leave you saying "That was OK, but I could have gone to (fill in the blank)." Maybe I was there on a bad night, because the service wasn't that rude, either. And as far as real Philly atmosphere, those other places have attitude. Jim's has tourists who don't know any better.

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★★☆☆☆

Maybe I'm missing something, but my first taste of a Jim's cheesesteak was very disappointing. I'm no expert, but I've tasted Tony Luke's, Pat's, and Geno's, and this didn't come close. Tony Luke's will leave you wanting more. Jim's will leave you saying "That was OK, but I could have gone to (fill in the blank)." Maybe I was there on a bad night, because the service wasn't that rude, either. And as far as real Philly atmosphere, those other places have attitude. Jim's has tourists who don't know any better.

Pros: Given the alternatives, none that I can think of. No wait, the rolls are really good.

Cons: It's on South Street.

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Yes, you can certainly find just as good or better at any number of corner places in the city. And you won't have to deal with the long lines or the lack of seating, But - at least they make a real steak sandwich, They chop and scramble the dhip steak so that you can eat it. (unlike the ridiculous Pat and Gino frauds).
I'm ashamed to say that they do offer cheese wiz. - their decline to the vulgar market.
But, all in all, for a tourist - this is a good bet. If, on the other hand, you are ventursome. go on your own to any corner joint in South Philly. Actually, you will do better and really see the neighborhood.

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★★★★☆

Yes, you can certainly find just as good or better at any number of corner places in the city. And you won't have to deal with the long lines or the lack of seating, But - at least they make a real steak sandwich, They chop and scramble the dhip steak so that you can eat it. (unlike the ridiculous Pat and Gino frauds).
I'm ashamed to say that they do offer cheese wiz. - their decline to the vulgar market.
But, all in all, for a tourist - this is a good bet. If, on the other hand, you are ventursome. go on your own to any corner joint in South Philly. Actually, you will do better and really see the neighborhood.

Pros: real enough

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I recently went to Philadelphia and made it a mission to find my favorite cheesesteak. I went to 5 different places in a week and nothing came close to Jim's. I was blown away. Definitely the absolute best cheesesteak I've ever had. I made sure to get one last taste right before I left. What I liked better about it was that the beef seemed of better quality and was sliced thinner. The meat was also a lot juicier and more flavorful. The onions were also cooked just right. Some of the other places either barely cooked them or others cooked them until they were mush. I wouldn't change a thing about Jim's, except maybe I wish they were in NYC.

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★★★★★

I recently went to Philadelphia and made it a mission to find my favorite cheesesteak. I went to 5 different places in a week and nothing came close to Jim's. I was blown away. Definitely the absolute best cheesesteak I've ever had. I made sure to get one last taste right before I left. What I liked better about it was that the beef seemed of better quality and was sliced thinner. The meat was also a lot juicier and more flavorful. The onions were also cooked just right. Some of the other places either barely cooked them or others cooked them until they were mush. I wouldn't change a thing about Jim's, except maybe I wish they were in NYC.

Pros: best cheesesteak you'll ever have

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Unless you are the type who likes dry, gristly steaks in a tourist-trap type of atmosphere, Jim's Steaks should not be one of your destinations. There's not much positive to say here, unless you like looking at photos on the wall, because that's about all the place has going for it. Philly has much better options as far as cheesesteaks go...do yourself a favor and head elsewhere!

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★☆☆☆☆

Unless you are the type who likes dry, gristly steaks in a tourist-trap type of atmosphere, Jim's Steaks should not be one of your destinations. There's not much positive to say here, unless you like looking at photos on the wall, because that's about all the place has going for it. Philly has much better options as far as cheesesteaks go...do yourself a favor and head elsewhere!

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My first ever "real" philly cheesesteak experience occured during my visit to the city last week. I went to Jim's based on it's "Best Of' award and was somewhat dissappointed. I can't say that the sandwich was bad but it certainly did not live up to the life-long hype. I only wish I had enough time to try a different restaurnat before I left town. I am desperate to experience the delicious philly Cheesesteak I have always heard about.

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★★★☆☆

My first ever "real" philly cheesesteak experience occured during my visit to the city last week. I went to Jim's based on it's "Best Of' award and was somewhat dissappointed. I can't say that the sandwich was bad but it certainly did not live up to the life-long hype. I only wish I had enough time to try a different restaurnat before I left town. I am desperate to experience the delicious philly Cheesesteak I have always heard about.

Pros: "Best of Cheesesteaks" Winner

Cons: Not all that...

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Jim's is the best! Even better than Gino's or Pat's. Not to mention nicer staff (even if rudeness is part of the experience)

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★★★★★

Jim's is the best! Even better than Gino's or Pat's. Not to mention nicer staff (even if rudeness is part of the experience)

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Every time I go to Jims Steaks on 400 South Street,Pa I always go there to have a great steak sandwich and when I bring a friend he raves about it too.I live in Kansas City,Mo and visit Pa.quite frequently.I`ll be there Sept.th to the 13th,2006 and I promise I`l have my steak sandwich..at least 4 times..Dave

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★★★★★

Every time I go to Jims Steaks on 400 South Street,Pa I always go there to have a great steak sandwich and when I bring a friend he raves about it too.I live in Kansas City,Mo and visit Pa.quite frequently.I`ll be there Sept.th to the 13th,2006 and I promise I`l have my steak sandwich..at least 4 times..Dave

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Been going to Philly twice a year for 6 years and this place is by far the best cheese steak. goes down great with a corona there usually a line like all the other places but it moves really quick. cant come to Philly and not have a Cheese steak

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★★★★★

Been going to Philly twice a year for 6 years and this place is by far the best cheese steak. goes down great with a corona there usually a line like all the other places but it moves really quick. cant come to Philly and not have a Cheese steak

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I went to Philly a few weeks ago with my friends for a mini-vacation. We definitely had to try the cheesesteaks! We've eaten at Geno's, Pat's and Jim's. Geno's steak didn't have enough flavor and Pat's was only a little bit better. My friends drenched their steaks from Geno's and Pat's in ketchup and mayo. I like my steaks as is - greasy in it's cheesy-fried onion goodness. None of the two top dogs measure up to Jim's in flavor and quality. One of the cooks was slightly rude to some of the customers but I had a nastier time at Pat's, who didn't even wrap my steak up like Jim's who gives you the full service! We were all happy the most with JIM'S! We even had lunch and each brought one home with us as dinner on our last day in Philly. It is worth the money! Don't throw away your money at Geno's or Pat's (all the steaks are around 7 bucks each for anywhere decent so spend that 7 on a definite winner!). You will see why Jim's is the local favorite. Stop by Rita's Water Ice too if you want a fantastic frozen treat! I'm want some cheesesteaks now!!!! *drools*

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★★★★★

I went to Philly a few weeks ago with my friends for a mini-vacation. We definitely had to try the cheesesteaks! We've eaten at Geno's, Pat's and Jim's. Geno's steak didn't have enough flavor and Pat's was only a little bit better. My friends drenched their steaks from Geno's and Pat's in ketchup and mayo. I like my steaks as is - greasy in it's cheesy-fried onion goodness. None of the two top dogs measure up to Jim's in flavor and quality. One of the cooks was slightly rude to some of the customers but I had a nastier time at Pat's, who didn't even wrap my steak up like Jim's who gives you the full service! We were all happy the most with JIM'S! We even had lunch and each brought one home with us as dinner on our last day in Philly. It is worth the money! Don't throw away your money at Geno's or Pat's (all the steaks are around 7 bucks each for anywhere decent so spend that 7 on a definite winner!). You will see why Jim's is the local favorite. Stop by Rita's Water Ice too if you want a fantastic frozen treat! I'm want some cheesesteaks now!!!! *drools*

Pros: Cheesesteaks! I wanna eat one NOW!

Cons: Wasting my money at Pat's and Geno's

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Our family was very disappointed. We waited for absolutely nothing. I can make a better cheesesteak. The onions and mushrooms did not even help; you need to season your meat.

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★☆☆☆☆

Our family was very disappointed. We waited for absolutely nothing. I can make a better cheesesteak. The onions and mushrooms did not even help; you need to season your meat.

Pros: ABSOLUTELY NONE

Cons: LONG WAIT, TOO EXPENSIVE, AND VERY LIMITED SEATING

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I've only been in Philly a few years, but I've had many cheesesteaks. I will take Jim's all day long over the others.
Just sayin'

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★★★★★

I've only been in Philly a few years, but I've had many cheesesteaks. I will take Jim's all day long over the others.
Just sayin'

Pros: food

Cons: the line

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I can smell the cheesesteak from a block away. It's one of my favorite place to get cheesesteak in Philly. I wouldn't go there on the weekends tho. The line is real long. I like the way they chopped up my steaks. It's not as bad as some ppl say. Maybe it's my own preferences. They could put more wiz on it tho.

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★★★★☆

I can smell the cheesesteak from a block away. It's one of my favorite place to get cheesesteak in Philly. I wouldn't go there on the weekends tho. The line is real long. I like the way they chopped up my steaks. It's not as bad as some ppl say. Maybe it's my own preferences. They could put more wiz on it tho.

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I was in Philadelphia visiting my girlfriend and I wanted to get a cheesesteak so she took me to Jim's. This was by far the best cheesesteak I have ever had, in fact we went back again for some more. The service was gruff but thats the way local spots are. I'm from pittsburgh so your used to that kind of service if you eat a Primanti's at all. All in all it was awesome, the place is loaded with autographs, the cheesesteaks are good, and the service is quick.

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★★★★★

I was in Philadelphia visiting my girlfriend and I wanted to get a cheesesteak so she took me to Jim's. This was by far the best cheesesteak I have ever had, in fact we went back again for some more. The service was gruff but thats the way local spots are. I'm from pittsburgh so your used to that kind of service if you eat a Primanti's at all. All in all it was awesome, the place is loaded with autographs, the cheesesteaks are good, and the service is quick.

Pros: best cheesesteaks, quick, good atmosphere

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I got yelled at by the people in back, then my own sister turned to yell at me too.

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★★★★☆

I got yelled at by the people in back, then my own sister turned to yell at me too.

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I have been coming to Jim's since college. Their cheesesteaks are perhaps the best sandwich I have ever had. I now live in New York City, but have taken several road trips to Philly when I need that cheesesteak fix. The line is long, but I spend that time with my face up against the window, longing for that sizzling, nearly fat-free, thinly sliced meat. Cheez Whiz and onions are the only way to do it. And for all you reviewers who complain about the service, try being polite yourself. Don't just bark an order. Your server is a person too. I am always nice to them and last time they gave me my cheesesteak for free.

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★★★★★

I have been coming to Jim's since college. Their cheesesteaks are perhaps the best sandwich I have ever had. I now live in New York City, but have taken several road trips to Philly when I need that cheesesteak fix. The line is long, but I spend that time with my face up against the window, longing for that sizzling, nearly fat-free, thinly sliced meat. Cheez Whiz and onions are the only way to do it. And for all you reviewers who complain about the service, try being polite yourself. Don't just bark an order. Your server is a person too. I am always nice to them and last time they gave me my cheesesteak for free.

Pros: soft, big rolls, quality meat, translucent onions

Cons: , uncomfortable seating

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The best part of the Jim's experience is the smell that the kitchen vents eject onto South Street.
The problem with Jim's is that it became too well-known. Their meat is made in mass quantities, and often sits on the grill for up to an hour before it's actually put into a steak. This makes it far too tough and chewy, and tends to cook all of the flavor out of the meat. The peppers are also not traditional hot or sweet peppers, but soggy and overcooked bell peppers.
Jim's may have once had some of the best steaks in Philly, but not anymore.

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★☆☆☆☆

The best part of the Jim's experience is the smell that the kitchen vents eject onto South Street.
The problem with Jim's is that it became too well-known. Their meat is made in mass quantities, and often sits on the grill for up to an hour before it's actually put into a steak. This makes it far too tough and chewy, and tends to cook all of the flavor out of the meat. The peppers are also not traditional hot or sweet peppers, but soggy and overcooked bell peppers.
Jim's may have once had some of the best steaks in Philly, but not anymore.

Pros: Name, Location

Cons: , long line, bad peppers

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Forget Pat's and Geno's, those are for drunks at 3am. Locals will suggest this one. Just take the tude and the food as part of the ambience, take the food upstairs, and don't forget to order "Lager" to drink, a local fave!

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★★★★★

Forget Pat's and Geno's, those are for drunks at 3am. Locals will suggest this one. Just take the tude and the food as part of the ambience, take the food upstairs, and don't forget to order "Lager" to drink, a local fave!

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Our concierge recommended Jim's, but I wish we would have stuck with our plan of going to Dessandro's. The sandwich was just O.K. - dry meat and grease. The service at the counter was horrible!!! I think the chef thought he was funny, but I found it just plain rude.

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★★☆☆☆

Our concierge recommended Jim's, but I wish we would have stuck with our plan of going to Dessandro's. The sandwich was just O.K. - dry meat and grease. The service at the counter was horrible!!! I think the chef thought he was funny, but I found it just plain rude.

More about Jim's Steaks

THIS IS HOW IT'S DONE! In the summer of 1976, my father and a business partner opened Jim's Steaks South St., bringing a unique art-deco storefront and an even more distinctive cheesesteak to a neighborhood in the midst of a renaissance. Few would have predicted that over the course of nearly four decades the shop would become one of the most celebrated restaurants in Philadelphia. You'll find us on what's known as the "Hippest Street in Town," serving up the finest cheesesteaks and hoagies from the heart of the city that made them famous. Five-time winner of Philadelphia Magazine's "Best of Philly" award and Zagat rated, Jim's is your 'must-have' cheesesteak when only the BEST will do. With well over 200 years of cheesesteak-making knowhow, our staff will make you glad you stopped in each and every time you visit. Whether you're a Philly native or a conventioneer, touring the city's incredible history and museums or just passing through, you'll know you're getting the real Philly cheesesteak experience when you walk through our door. Ask anyone who has tasted our sandwiches! We can't wait to show you how it's done. Our best, Ken Silver Second Generation Proprietor Jim's Steaks South St.

 

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