Pat's King of Steaks

★★★★☆
  • 1237 E Passyunk Ave

    Philadelphia, PA 19147

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  • 215-468-1546

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Pat's Steaks located in Philadelphia is an iconic dinning spot to say the least. With a line down the block, it's absolutely amazing how much cow this business goes through in a typical day. The wait is never too long, because they are

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Pat's Steaks located in Philadelphia is an iconic dinning spot to say the least. With a line down the block, it's absolutely amazing how much cow this business goes through in a typical day. The wait is never too long, because they are

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Their steak is super nice, great wine selection and a cozy place. Definitely worth coming back.

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★★★★★

Their steak is super nice, great wine selection and a cozy place. Definitely worth coming back.

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Visiting from DC, we decided to seek out the best cheesesteaks in town. BEWARE! This place has some of the rudest people working for it and the cheesesteak was not bad but definately not worth the wait or trouble of dealing with rude

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Visiting from DC, we decided to seek out the best cheesesteaks in town. BEWARE! This place has some of the rudest people working for it and the cheesesteak was not bad but definately not worth the wait or trouble of dealing with rude

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The staff here is RUDE. I know they are rushed because there is always a line around the buliding but I don't like the unfriendly service. I ordered THE RIGHT WAY and I still got onions on my "wiz WITHOUT" but the service was so bad I was

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The staff here is RUDE. I know they are rushed because there is always a line around the buliding but I don't like the unfriendly service. I ordered THE RIGHT WAY and I still got onions on my "wiz WITHOUT" but the service was so bad I was

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I loved it! We taste tested both Pat's and Geno's and Pat's is the clear winner. We flew to PHL just for this experience (we work for the airline)! Took bus 37 from the airport, then the subway two stops from Broad st. to federal and then

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I loved it! We taste tested both Pat's and Geno's and Pat's is the clear winner. We flew to PHL just for this experience (we work for the airline)! Took bus 37 from the airport, then the subway two stops from Broad st. to federal and then

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Thought Pats was a little pricey but the food was great! Really enjoyed our first philly steak experience.

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Thought Pats was a little pricey but the food was great! Really enjoyed our first philly steak experience.

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We are from Texas and were very excited to try an authentic Philly Cheesesteak. We watch The Food Network and had heard great reviews from them and had watched the Pat's vs Genos episode. To our shock the bread was cold, the steak was

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We are from Texas and were very excited to try an authentic Philly Cheesesteak. We watch The Food Network and had heard great reviews from them and had watched the Pat's vs Genos episode. To our shock the bread was cold, the steak was

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My husband and I already have a favorite South Philly cheese steak spot and thought that we should try Pat's to see what all the hype was about. Fortunately, the line was short. My biggest disappointment was that my steak was COLD. I mean

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My husband and I already have a favorite South Philly cheese steak spot and thought that we should try Pat's to see what all the hype was about. Fortunately, the line was short. My biggest disappointment was that my steak was COLD. I mean

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The best cheesesteak in SOUTH Philly, much better than the Jersey residents and big mouth across the street.
Pat's has the best rolls, chopped steak and good quality cheese and wiz.

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★★★★★

The best cheesesteak in SOUTH Philly, much better than the Jersey residents and big mouth across the street.
Pat's has the best rolls, chopped steak and good quality cheese and wiz.

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I don't know what the hype was about this steak, because it was not worth the wait and the taste , oh wait it had no taste It was not worth the wait. the person that saidfs next was rude and the meat is put on the grill but no seasonis

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I don't know what the hype was about this steak, because it was not worth the wait and the taste , oh wait it had no taste It was not worth the wait. the person that saidfs next was rude and the meat is put on the grill but no seasonis

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Oh my Gosh! Seriously? Almost $10 and the stupid schmuck insults you too? Are u crazy? I remember this place from when I was a kid - I thought I remembered cash only but seriously folks, it's 2010! Anyway, I handed the guy my atm card and he f-ng insults the shi-- out of me! "You are stupid! Can't u read? Didn't u read the sign?" In fact, we read the ENTIRE damn sign and it said NOTHING ABOUT CASH ONLY! THEN HE SAYS IT"S COS U R A DUMB BLONDE!!' I wanted to throw the damn steak in his face - what the f? I am over 40 and have never been treated so rudely in my life and the MEAT SUCKED! He went on and on about blonde hair - one insult after the next - while I am handing u cash? ten bucks??

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Oh my Gosh! Seriously? Almost $10 and the stupid schmuck insults you too? Are u crazy? I remember this place from when I was a kid - I thought I remembered cash only but seriously folks, it's 2010! Anyway, I handed the guy my atm card and he f-ng insults the shi-- out of me! "You are stupid! Can't u read? Didn't u read the sign?" In fact, we read the ENTIRE damn sign and it said NOTHING ABOUT CASH ONLY! THEN HE SAYS IT"S COS U R A DUMB BLONDE!!' I wanted to throw the damn steak in his face - what the f? I am over 40 and have never been treated so rudely in my life and the MEAT SUCKED! He went on and on about blonde hair - one insult after the next - while I am handing u cash? ten bucks??

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My wife is from Sydney, Australia. I have not been on the East Coast in about ten years. We're in Cherry Hill, New Jersey right now. I looked up "Best Cheese Steaks in Philadelphia". Pat's comes up. So we drive down to South Philly.

First, they don't take anything but cash so I have to go find an ATM. So I get in this huge line and wait my turn. I order two cheese steaks. (About $20) I watch the guy ladle liquid processed cheese from a bucket onto my sandwich.

You have to order fries and drinks from the next window down. I order two fries and two drinks. (Another $11)

We get a table. All tables are outdoors and the building is a wedge surrounded by inner city roads. Another couple is sitting in their van on the road right next to us eating their food while the car is running. The heat from the engine and exhaust is smothering us. Finally they move their over weight selves down the road.

My wife is eating her sandwich when she finds much of the meat has gristle and fat in it. Mine is the same.

How disappointing. Pat's is basically an assembly line dealing out sub-standard so-called "Philly" cheese steak sandwiches. They mocked John Kerry for asking for Swiss cheese when he ate there but he probably saw the slop they were gonna slather on his sandwich and didn't want that crap.

Bottom line: Worst cheese steak ever!! DO NOT BUY INTO THE HYPE!! I WILL NEVER EAT THERE AGAIN!!

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My wife is from Sydney, Australia. I have not been on the East Coast in about ten years. We're in Cherry Hill, New Jersey right now. I looked up "Best Cheese Steaks in Philadelphia". Pat's comes up. So we drive down to South Philly.

First, they don't take anything but cash so I have to go find an ATM. So I get in this huge line and wait my turn. I order two cheese steaks. (About $20) I watch the guy ladle liquid processed cheese from a bucket onto my sandwich.

You have to order fries and drinks from the next window down. I order two fries and two drinks. (Another $11)

We get a table. All tables are outdoors and the building is a wedge surrounded by inner city roads. Another couple is sitting in their van on the road right next to us eating their food while the car is running. The heat from the engine and exhaust is smothering us. Finally they move their over weight selves down the road.

My wife is eating her sandwich when she finds much of the meat has gristle and fat in it. Mine is the same.

How disappointing. Pat's is basically an assembly line dealing out sub-standard so-called "Philly" cheese steak sandwiches. They mocked John Kerry for asking for Swiss cheese when he ate there but he probably saw the slop they were gonna slather on his sandwich and didn't want that crap.

Bottom line: Worst cheese steak ever!! DO NOT BUY INTO THE HYPE!! I WILL NEVER EAT THERE AGAIN!!

Pros: NONE

Cons: Overpriced, sub-standard food

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These guys and Geno's across the street both are rude, over priced, and the worst example we could EVER set for the greatest city in America. How the heck one person will stand online for 15 minutes, pay $8.00 for "half" of a sandwich, and then not even get a thank you after ordering. They treat you like garbage, yet the lines always there? I don't get it, but there are much better places to go, just ask a "real" Philadelphian.

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These guys and Geno's across the street both are rude, over priced, and the worst example we could EVER set for the greatest city in America. How the heck one person will stand online for 15 minutes, pay $8.00 for "half" of a sandwich, and then not even get a thank you after ordering. They treat you like garbage, yet the lines always there? I don't get it, but there are much better places to go, just ask a "real" Philadelphian.

Pros: Saw them in a movie

Cons: EVERYTHING

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I am visiting Philadelphia from Miami with high expectation on Philly Cheese steak. Pat??s place was busy as usual with tourists like myself (holding a camera) here is my take on the cheese steak:
1. Bread: was kind of hard not as fresh as it should have been.
2. Steak: they cook the steak halfway in advance and they pile them up so steam would finish the cooking. (if you like a tasteless steak mainly due to steam cooking, then this is the steak for you).
3. Mushroom: they take the mushroom right out of a jar at room temperature and added to your sandwich at your request.
4. Green Pepper: they take the green pepper right out of a jar at room temperature and added to your sandwich at your request.
5. Cheese: they take the cheesewhiz right out of a jar at room temperature and added to your sandwich at your request.
6. You order your cheese steak and pay for it and pick it up in less than 15 second, then you have to make another line in a different window to order your fries and drink, while your room temperature sandwich is getting colder while you are waiting for your fries and drink.
Pat??s motto is to serve as fast as they can?quantity vs quality I would not recommend to eat at the Pat??s, just go and take your photos if you must?

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I am visiting Philadelphia from Miami with high expectation on Philly Cheese steak. Pat??s place was busy as usual with tourists like myself (holding a camera) here is my take on the cheese steak:
1. Bread: was kind of hard not as fresh as it should have been.
2. Steak: they cook the steak halfway in advance and they pile them up so steam would finish the cooking. (if you like a tasteless steak mainly due to steam cooking, then this is the steak for you).
3. Mushroom: they take the mushroom right out of a jar at room temperature and added to your sandwich at your request.
4. Green Pepper: they take the green pepper right out of a jar at room temperature and added to your sandwich at your request.
5. Cheese: they take the cheesewhiz right out of a jar at room temperature and added to your sandwich at your request.
6. You order your cheese steak and pay for it and pick it up in less than 15 second, then you have to make another line in a different window to order your fries and drink, while your room temperature sandwich is getting colder while you are waiting for your fries and drink.
Pat??s motto is to serve as fast as they can?quantity vs quality I would not recommend to eat at the Pat??s, just go and take your photos if you must?

Pros: fast service

Cons: quality of food

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Had family in town and wanted to give them the best steak sandwich experience PHL had to offer. Not only did Pats serve up the worst steak I have ever had, but they also offered huge amounts of rudeness as well. Unless you want to eat cardboard and be treated like sh*t I recommend you avoid this place like the plague.

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Had family in town and wanted to give them the best steak sandwich experience PHL had to offer. Not only did Pats serve up the worst steak I have ever had, but they also offered huge amounts of rudeness as well. Unless you want to eat cardboard and be treated like sh*t I recommend you avoid this place like the plague.

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Pats steaks are ok. There are many little places here and there that have good steaks. I would also try Pizzi on 6th and oregon. Their Fatty Cheese steaks are great.

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Pats steaks are ok. There are many little places here and there that have good steaks. I would also try Pizzi on 6th and oregon. Their Fatty Cheese steaks are great.

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This maybe where Cheesesteak was borned, but it is really not that great to me. The steaks were "hard" , my jaw is tired after eating it! The bun is really just ok and I definitely ate better ones in other places. I am not a big cheesesteak eater and I don't eat a lot of them either, but if it doesn't impress me, how can it impress other "professional" cheesesteak eaters? I just don't get it...

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This maybe where Cheesesteak was borned, but it is really not that great to me. The steaks were "hard" , my jaw is tired after eating it! The bun is really just ok and I definitely ate better ones in other places. I am not a big cheesesteak eater and I don't eat a lot of them either, but if it doesn't impress me, how can it impress other "professional" cheesesteak eaters? I just don't get it...

Pros: serves fast, interested environment

Cons: steaks quality were not great

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Pat's, in my opinion, is a tourist trap. As a local, I know many other places where the cheesesteak is MUCH better. Pat's might have invented the cheesesteak, but you can't rest on your laurels. My words of advice: GO ELSEWHERE!

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Pat's, in my opinion, is a tourist trap. As a local, I know many other places where the cheesesteak is MUCH better. Pat's might have invented the cheesesteak, but you can't rest on your laurels. My words of advice: GO ELSEWHERE!

Pros: none

Cons: Tourist Trap

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As always they wow me with the best cheesteaks ever!
I have tried all the competition and really this is the best by far!

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★★★★★

As always they wow me with the best cheesteaks ever!
I have tried all the competition and really this is the best by far!

Pros: The best cheesteaks

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Pat's is by far the best, the longest running cheese steak place in America. There are no fancy low class neon lights trying to be like Las Vegas, just good people making something so good it has spawned imitators. The island between 3 different streets is a haven of a truly Philadelphian treat

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Pat's is by far the best, the longest running cheese steak place in America. There are no fancy low class neon lights trying to be like Las Vegas, just good people making something so good it has spawned imitators. The island between 3 different streets is a haven of a truly Philadelphian treat

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I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion.........some people even like spam. However, anyone that knows cheesesteaks and general good food knows Pats and Genos are the worst cheesesteaks. They live on a reputation that has long since past. It is evident when local Philadelphia magazines or radio stations do their best cheesesteak ratings periodically. These two are never even in the top 20 establishments. The two best are proberly Steves Prince of Steaks and John's which almost always win local Philly media accolades by readers and listeners. There are dozens of places better than Pats and Genos. Pats and Genos cater to uninformed tourists, Saturday night drunks, and people who love fatty stringy, meat. Nobody is hating folks...........its just the truth.

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I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion.........some people even like spam. However, anyone that knows cheesesteaks and general good food knows Pats and Genos are the worst cheesesteaks. They live on a reputation that has long since past. It is evident when local Philadelphia magazines or radio stations do their best cheesesteak ratings periodically. These two are never even in the top 20 establishments. The two best are proberly Steves Prince of Steaks and John's which almost always win local Philly media accolades by readers and listeners. There are dozens of places better than Pats and Genos. Pats and Genos cater to uninformed tourists, Saturday night drunks, and people who love fatty stringy, meat. Nobody is hating folks...........its just the truth.

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Don't get me wrong, times change, the economy changes, and their prices from their vendors that they get their product from change...so, the cheesesteaks have changed in quality a little over the years. However, both Pat's and Geno's are the only places that I want a cheesesteak from! Granted, they differ a little from each other, but...the only difference that matters to me is how long the line at either is, and I go with which is shorter. Geno's seems to be a little more in tuned with each other, and their line seems to go a little quicker...but, either is fine with me! Most others don't even carry CheeseWiz, and that's a sin in the cheesesteak world. Greasy is the way I like it, it's the way my father and grandfather liked it, and it will be the way my kids will like it when that time comes. Provolone?! American?! Steak Sandwich is what we call that! Wiz wit or go home! Every Eagles and Flyers game, I go and get them for my parties, and nothing else will be accepted in my house...NOTHING! Unhealthy?! Get up and go to the gym every now and then you lazy people! You don't have to eat horribly everyday, but if you're gonna do it...MAKE IT COUNT! If you're gonna go anywhere else, you may as well go to Florida to get a "Philly Cheesesteak"...LOL! Garbage...seriously! Don't get me wrong... I'm sure the sandwiches are good, but it's not a Philly Cheesesteak unless it comes from Pat's or Geno's...period. Also, the whole thing about Geno's and people only ordering in English...Geno's has MY support! You don't have to agree, and that's one of the great things about individuality. I just believe that when someone comes to this country, we shouldn't have to cater to them. It doesn't happen for me when I go to Costa Rica, Mexico, Germany, or France...so, it shouldn't happen here either. How hard is it to say "wiz wit" anyways?! Even if they chop it up, the person taking the order will know...

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Don't get me wrong, times change, the economy changes, and their prices from their vendors that they get their product from change...so, the cheesesteaks have changed in quality a little over the years. However, both Pat's and Geno's are the only places that I want a cheesesteak from! Granted, they differ a little from each other, but...the only difference that matters to me is how long the line at either is, and I go with which is shorter. Geno's seems to be a little more in tuned with each other, and their line seems to go a little quicker...but, either is fine with me! Most others don't even carry CheeseWiz, and that's a sin in the cheesesteak world. Greasy is the way I like it, it's the way my father and grandfather liked it, and it will be the way my kids will like it when that time comes. Provolone?! American?! Steak Sandwich is what we call that! Wiz wit or go home! Every Eagles and Flyers game, I go and get them for my parties, and nothing else will be accepted in my house...NOTHING! Unhealthy?! Get up and go to the gym every now and then you lazy people! You don't have to eat horribly everyday, but if you're gonna do it...MAKE IT COUNT! If you're gonna go anywhere else, you may as well go to Florida to get a "Philly Cheesesteak"...LOL! Garbage...seriously! Don't get me wrong... I'm sure the sandwiches are good, but it's not a Philly Cheesesteak unless it comes from Pat's or Geno's...period. Also, the whole thing about Geno's and people only ordering in English...Geno's has MY support! You don't have to agree, and that's one of the great things about individuality. I just believe that when someone comes to this country, we shouldn't have to cater to them. It doesn't happen for me when I go to Costa Rica, Mexico, Germany, or France...so, it shouldn't happen here either. How hard is it to say "wiz wit" anyways?! Even if they chop it up, the person taking the order will know...

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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: Huge - Awesome Taste!

Cons: None

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Not from Philly, I diligently tried to get an overall consensus of the best place for a Philly from locals. Our first trip to the city, we were told to go to Jim?s Steaks. From all the celebrity photos, I got the impression they know what they are doing so my opinion doesn?t matter much. However, I wasn?t overwhelmed by the product. The meat was chopped up (which seems to be a debate on this preparation as being ?true Philly? or not), it was not greasy (kind of dry in fact), and lacked something (I added salt). The onions were great and the bread was fantastic. I ordered with provolone as I heard that was the way locals ordered it. Probably mostly Italians since we were in South Philly. Good sandwich but nothing to stand in line for in my opinion. Our second trip we stopped at Pat?s on the way to the airport. I ordered with onions and this time wit whiz. The meat was not chopped finely so now I was confused about how a real Philly steak should look. Concerned that I would be biting into a chewy greasy mess like the ones I could get at TGI Fridays, I was not disappointed. The meat was very tender and juicy. The mixture of whiz and the juices from meat and onions was fantastic. I thought the whiz was going to be thick, salty and just plain sick. Maybe that?s why the meat at Jim?s was not salted in preparation to get whizzed on. Anyway, I thought it was great. Lot?s of meat and bread must have been good because I downed it in 5 minutes. Next time we are going to Geno?s and maybe Tony Luke?s as seen on the Food Network in Bobby Flay?s Throwdown. Any suggestions on where to try is welcome. Also want to try a real Philly Hoagie.

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Not from Philly, I diligently tried to get an overall consensus of the best place for a Philly from locals. Our first trip to the city, we were told to go to Jim?s Steaks. From all the celebrity photos, I got the impression they know what they are doing so my opinion doesn?t matter much. However, I wasn?t overwhelmed by the product. The meat was chopped up (which seems to be a debate on this preparation as being ?true Philly? or not), it was not greasy (kind of dry in fact), and lacked something (I added salt). The onions were great and the bread was fantastic. I ordered with provolone as I heard that was the way locals ordered it. Probably mostly Italians since we were in South Philly. Good sandwich but nothing to stand in line for in my opinion. Our second trip we stopped at Pat?s on the way to the airport. I ordered with onions and this time wit whiz. The meat was not chopped finely so now I was confused about how a real Philly steak should look. Concerned that I would be biting into a chewy greasy mess like the ones I could get at TGI Fridays, I was not disappointed. The meat was very tender and juicy. The mixture of whiz and the juices from meat and onions was fantastic. I thought the whiz was going to be thick, salty and just plain sick. Maybe that?s why the meat at Jim?s was not salted in preparation to get whizzed on. Anyway, I thought it was great. Lot?s of meat and bread must have been good because I downed it in 5 minutes. Next time we are going to Geno?s and maybe Tony Luke?s as seen on the Food Network in Bobby Flay?s Throwdown. Any suggestions on where to try is welcome. Also want to try a real Philly Hoagie.

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There has been debates on who has the best philly cheesesteak for years,hands down pats is the best, there is almost always a line to get there food, the best part i they never close so when you get that craving at 3 am come on down they will be open and there will be a line.

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There has been debates on who has the best philly cheesesteak for years,hands down pats is the best, there is almost always a line to get there food, the best part i they never close so when you get that craving at 3 am come on down they will be open and there will be a line.

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While on vacation we decided we would try Genos and Pats cheesesteaks and compare which we liked better. I did like Pats fries better, but the cheesesteak though good, was not my fav.

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While on vacation we decided we would try Genos and Pats cheesesteaks and compare which we liked better. I did like Pats fries better, but the cheesesteak though good, was not my fav.

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Skip Pat's and Geno's the steak tastes like leather, are small for the price you pay, and are no more than tourist traps. I have never understood why these 2 places are considered good. D'Allesandro's in Roxborough is also over-rated. I am a bit of a cheesteak officianado and have sampled steaks from through the Philadelphia area. Being born and bred in this area and living all around it I must say that as of right now the best I've had are at Chubby's in Roxborough and Steve's Prince of Steaks in the NE. Chubby's comes with a fork there is so much steak and there isn't a line of people out of the door waiting. The bread is very good and steak is juicy and plentiful. My main rating factor's include roll selection, meat quality and quantity, and cheese flavor.

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Skip Pat's and Geno's the steak tastes like leather, are small for the price you pay, and are no more than tourist traps. I have never understood why these 2 places are considered good. D'Allesandro's in Roxborough is also over-rated. I am a bit of a cheesteak officianado and have sampled steaks from through the Philadelphia area. Being born and bred in this area and living all around it I must say that as of right now the best I've had are at Chubby's in Roxborough and Steve's Prince of Steaks in the NE. Chubby's comes with a fork there is so much steak and there isn't a line of people out of the door waiting. The bread is very good and steak is juicy and plentiful. My main rating factor's include roll selection, meat quality and quantity, and cheese flavor.

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Never had a bad steak there...I have a feeling that a good amount of the bad reviews are written by Geno's fans. I've been there a handful of times during my vacation visits and haven't once had a bad steak. My husband actually bought me one at 4:30 in the morning to greet me as I stepped off my red-eye flight...pure deliciousness. Gives you the feel of Philly without the over-the-top flashy nonsense that Geno's has to offer. Can't believe ppl are complaining about the Cheez-whiz...don't ya know you have a choice??? Greasy?? Seriously? Show me a cheesesteak that isn't! That's why they're open 24 hours!! Very popular with the bar crowd! Always a pleasure, will always get my business.

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★★★★☆

Never had a bad steak there...I have a feeling that a good amount of the bad reviews are written by Geno's fans. I've been there a handful of times during my vacation visits and haven't once had a bad steak. My husband actually bought me one at 4:30 in the morning to greet me as I stepped off my red-eye flight...pure deliciousness. Gives you the feel of Philly without the over-the-top flashy nonsense that Geno's has to offer. Can't believe ppl are complaining about the Cheez-whiz...don't ya know you have a choice??? Greasy?? Seriously? Show me a cheesesteak that isn't! That's why they're open 24 hours!! Very popular with the bar crowd! Always a pleasure, will always get my business.

Pros: Good steak, no frills

Cons: Rudeness is part of the experience...get over it...

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I don't go down there much-only when I bring out of towners. But I don't bring them to Geno's-too flashy-Pat's is old school. just tastes better

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★★★★☆

I don't go down there much-only when I bring out of towners. But I don't bring them to Geno's-too flashy-Pat's is old school. just tastes better

Pros: traditional cheesesteak

Cons: bad neighborhood

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The steak here was acceptable but not as good as at Geno's. Furthermore, the place is dirty and messy. Geno's is a much better organized operation all around. Go to Pat's if you've already had Geno's so you can compare, but if you have to choose one cheesesteak in Philly, this isn't it.

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★★★☆☆

The steak here was acceptable but not as good as at Geno's. Furthermore, the place is dirty and messy. Geno's is a much better organized operation all around. Go to Pat's if you've already had Geno's so you can compare, but if you have to choose one cheesesteak in Philly, this isn't it.

Pros: ok food

Cons: disorganized, messy, no inside seating

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This is a great place to take out-of-town guests for the Philly cheesesteak experience. Granted many local neighborhood places may make an amazing cheesesteak, but this little 3 block section of South Philly is where the show is at. The steaks and fries are great, plus you cant beat the scene at 3am once the bars let out. Bring your patience as the lines are long and the parking is crappy, but expect to be entertained. Perfect late night snack! :)

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★★★★★

This is a great place to take out-of-town guests for the Philly cheesesteak experience. Granted many local neighborhood places may make an amazing cheesesteak, but this little 3 block section of South Philly is where the show is at. The steaks and fries are great, plus you cant beat the scene at 3am once the bars let out. Bring your patience as the lines are long and the parking is crappy, but expect to be entertained. Perfect late night snack! :)

Pros: Scene, Cheap Late Night Snack

Cons: Lines, Parking

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Ask a Philly local about Pat's & Geno's cheese-steaks. One apt description we got was 'its horse-meat!' (figuratively, not literally). Of course, it's a pretty happening vibe with the masses of customers, but you are better off asking a philly local for their recommendation.

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★★☆☆☆

Ask a Philly local about Pat's & Geno's cheese-steaks. One apt description we got was 'its horse-meat!' (figuratively, not literally). Of course, it's a pretty happening vibe with the masses of customers, but you are better off asking a philly local for their recommendation.

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Pats used to be the best place for steaks in Philly. Now, it's bordering on the worst. The portions of meat are so small, the meat is nasty, chew and of the worst quality. Trust me. if you want authentic philly cheese steaks, head to any small local Mom and Pop place and you won't be dissapointed. Or even make your own with those frozen steak sandwich steaks. You will still be getting better quality than at Pats

And cheese wiz on a steak. Nasty. Eat with provolone or american.

Stay far away from this place unless you want to be out thirty bucks for a nasty meal.

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★★☆☆☆

Pats used to be the best place for steaks in Philly. Now, it's bordering on the worst. The portions of meat are so small, the meat is nasty, chew and of the worst quality. Trust me. if you want authentic philly cheese steaks, head to any small local Mom and Pop place and you won't be dissapointed. Or even make your own with those frozen steak sandwich steaks. You will still be getting better quality than at Pats

And cheese wiz on a steak. Nasty. Eat with provolone or american.

Stay far away from this place unless you want to be out thirty bucks for a nasty meal.

Pros: Nothing. This place used to be great but is now the worst.

Cons: Everything. Nasty cheap quality steaks with rude service.

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Being I am not a fan of squeeze cheese or cheese wiz on my -Philly Cheesesteaks- I can say that Pat's is the only place that I will go to and enjoy the sandwiches with it on it! I love my American cheese on my steaks, but at the wee hours in the morning (open 24hrs) when we go and there is a HUGE abundance of people there you just sit back and take it all in and appreciate that Pat's exists! I had many good time memories there with a lot of friends after they got done playing at the Troc or Electric Factory. Highly recommended for anyone of the age of 18+ or is good for the family during the day of course.

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★★★★★

Being I am not a fan of squeeze cheese or cheese wiz on my -Philly Cheesesteaks- I can say that Pat's is the only place that I will go to and enjoy the sandwiches with it on it! I love my American cheese on my steaks, but at the wee hours in the morning (open 24hrs) when we go and there is a HUGE abundance of people there you just sit back and take it all in and appreciate that Pat's exists! I had many good time memories there with a lot of friends after they got done playing at the Troc or Electric Factory. Highly recommended for anyone of the age of 18+ or is good for the family during the day of course.

Cons: always crowds of people any time of day.

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are you people crazy? this is the original, yes cheese whiz, cheese whiz is GOOD!, and also great food OOOOHHH and also they have been there since 1930 i highly recommend Pat's King of Steaks!

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★★★★☆

are you people crazy? this is the original, yes cheese whiz, cheese whiz is GOOD!, and also great food OOOOHHH and also they have been there since 1930 i highly recommend Pat's King of Steaks!

Pros: FAST SERVICE, great food

Cons: i don't think there are any cons

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Very crowded so if your impatient don't come. They have extemely good food to. They have seats outside where you can sit and relax

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★★★★★

Very crowded so if your impatient don't come. They have extemely good food to. They have seats outside where you can sit and relax

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Who are the people writing good revirews of this place/ Do they like eating shoe leather in a roll? Do they know anything about a real cheese steak? Do they know anything about how the meat is prepared"?
This is NOT a Philadelphia Cheese Steak. Go to any other deli or steak shop ( except Gino's which is just as bad). Chip steak? the meat on a steak sandwich is never, never served as a slab. It's too tough. The meat on a true steak is always scrambled, broken, stirred about.
And Cheeze- Wiz!!!! What has become of you?
I'm annoyed at seeing this place presented on TV as offering the typical Philadelphia sandwich.
Go anywhere but here (or Gino;s)

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★☆☆☆☆

Who are the people writing good revirews of this place/ Do they like eating shoe leather in a roll? Do they know anything about a real cheese steak? Do they know anything about how the meat is prepared"?
This is NOT a Philadelphia Cheese Steak. Go to any other deli or steak shop ( except Gino's which is just as bad). Chip steak? the meat on a steak sandwich is never, never served as a slab. It's too tough. The meat on a true steak is always scrambled, broken, stirred about.
And Cheeze- Wiz!!!! What has become of you?
I'm annoyed at seeing this place presented on TV as offering the typical Philadelphia sandwich.
Go anywhere but here (or Gino;s)

Pros: NONE- this place is a contradiction in terms

Cons: cheeze-wiz! flat, tough steak.

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...and last time. $20 round trip cab fare, for a below average sandwich. And I'm not sure if all the places in Philly have this, but Cheez Wiz? Come on.

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★★☆☆☆

...and last time. $20 round trip cab fare, for a below average sandwich. And I'm not sure if all the places in Philly have this, but Cheez Wiz? Come on.

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Tried both Geno's and Pat's.... Pat's all the way.

I love the way the wiz flavors the entire steak. It should be gooey and the roll soggy from oil and cheese. The meat is flavorful enough. The only complaint is that I'd like double the amount of meat and cheese so the monster is too big to fit into the mouth. Bring my way to an earlier heart attack!

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★★★★☆

Tried both Geno's and Pat's.... Pat's all the way.

I love the way the wiz flavors the entire steak. It should be gooey and the roll soggy from oil and cheese. The meat is flavorful enough. The only complaint is that I'd like double the amount of meat and cheese so the monster is too big to fit into the mouth. Bring my way to an earlier heart attack!

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This should be a tourist stop. Very good cheesesteaks and many celebrities have been there as we. But you must know exactly what you want, there is always a line and they like to keep it moving. So if you are a first timer read the directions and you'll have a good time and enjoy the best cheesesteaks. Thier cheese fires are awesome too!

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★★★★☆

This should be a tourist stop. Very good cheesesteaks and many celebrities have been there as we. But you must know exactly what you want, there is always a line and they like to keep it moving. So if you are a first timer read the directions and you'll have a good time and enjoy the best cheesesteaks. Thier cheese fires are awesome too!

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My husband loves going to the cheese steaks shops in the city so I have waited in line many times with him at Pat's and Geno's. Sometimes it is a 45 minute wait because it is a definate tourist attraction. Although I no longer eat meat, I have tried these in the past and they were very good. They are kind of expensive at over $7 each, and the workers are very hasty and have little patience for new customers. It is definately worth the cost, as it is great tradition that everyone must experience. We usually end up here whenever we are in the city.

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★★★★☆

My husband loves going to the cheese steaks shops in the city so I have waited in line many times with him at Pat's and Geno's. Sometimes it is a 45 minute wait because it is a definate tourist attraction. Although I no longer eat meat, I have tried these in the past and they were very good. They are kind of expensive at over $7 each, and the workers are very hasty and have little patience for new customers. It is definately worth the cost, as it is great tradition that everyone must experience. We usually end up here whenever we are in the city.

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I can't believe no one has reviewed this place yet. Hands down these are the best cheesesteaks in the country. Open 24 / 7 / 365 where you can always fill your craving with their cheesesteaks and awesome cheese fries. Just remeber to order quickly using the terms "With" or "Without (onions).

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★★★★★

I can't believe no one has reviewed this place yet. Hands down these are the best cheesesteaks in the country. Open 24 / 7 / 365 where you can always fill your craving with their cheesesteaks and awesome cheese fries. Just remeber to order quickly using the terms "With" or "Without (onions).

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I have ended many drunken nights at Pats! So good!

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★★★★★

I have ended many drunken nights at Pats! So good!

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Like no other, the steaks are awesome and ordering is an experience. We make special road trips from Baltimore/Annapolis to grab PAT's steaks

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★★★★★

Like no other, the steaks are awesome and ordering is an experience. We make special road trips from Baltimore/Annapolis to grab PAT's steaks

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Sometimes we drive 15 miles, back roads, at 2am to get steaks & I recall they had the best corn on the cob (Jersey corn).man !!! IT WAS GREAT, if somebody here in Jax could only "match" the taste!!!

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★★★★★

Sometimes we drive 15 miles, back roads, at 2am to get steaks & I recall they had the best corn on the cob (Jersey corn).man !!! IT WAS GREAT, if somebody here in Jax could only "match" the taste!!!

Pros: all of the above

Cons: NONE

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I recently conducted a "taste test" between Pat's and Geno's. Pat's is easily the winner. Pat's shreads its steak vs. Geno's steak slices. Pat's onions are more fully cooked and smaller pieces than Geno's. Most importantly, Pat's is clearly more well seasoned than Geno's, and uses a better tasting role. Pat's is not the best in Philly, but its better than Geno's.

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★★★★☆

I recently conducted a "taste test" between Pat's and Geno's. Pat's is easily the winner. Pat's shreads its steak vs. Geno's steak slices. Pat's onions are more fully cooked and smaller pieces than Geno's. Most importantly, Pat's is clearly more well seasoned than Geno's, and uses a better tasting role. Pat's is not the best in Philly, but its better than Geno's.

Pros: taste

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Pat's Steaks has a wonderful atmosphere. The air is electric with all kinds of hungry people having fun at any time day or night. The service is far superior to Geno's. I asked Pat's to cut a cheesesteak into three pieces so I could share it with friends. Pat's did it cheerfully. We went across the street to Geno's and asked the same thing. The surly counterman said, "We don't cut into three pieces." That was his whole explanation and he gave us nasty looks. The Geno's sandwich was clearly of low quality because the meat was arranged in flat slices without being chopped up and it had a slightly greenish tinge to it. Pat's is friendly, down to earth, and has good food.

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★★★★★

Pat's Steaks has a wonderful atmosphere. The air is electric with all kinds of hungry people having fun at any time day or night. The service is far superior to Geno's. I asked Pat's to cut a cheesesteak into three pieces so I could share it with friends. Pat's did it cheerfully. We went across the street to Geno's and asked the same thing. The surly counterman said, "We don't cut into three pieces." That was his whole explanation and he gave us nasty looks. The Geno's sandwich was clearly of low quality because the meat was arranged in flat slices without being chopped up and it had a slightly greenish tinge to it. Pat's is friendly, down to earth, and has good food.

Pros: good service, fun clientele, good food

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Seriously, what is all the hype about? I have always wanted to go to Pat's since moving here for college. I didn't want to try Geno's because with all of its neon lights, just looks like a casino to me. So, we went to Pat's at 1am in the morning and I order "wit' cheese", and got my cheesesteak in 10 seconds. Yay, ooey gooey cheesy goodness on stale cold bread! We ordered two drinks and regular fries, and they managed to screw up that order several times (they're just too fast). I take a bite of my cheesesteak: mmmmm! Then I realized that it was a bit salty for my tastes (my bf says that it should be). I didn't finish my long-awaited cheesesteak but consumed the fries, which were sure better than McD's!

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★★★☆☆

Seriously, what is all the hype about? I have always wanted to go to Pat's since moving here for college. I didn't want to try Geno's because with all of its neon lights, just looks like a casino to me. So, we went to Pat's at 1am in the morning and I order "wit' cheese", and got my cheesesteak in 10 seconds. Yay, ooey gooey cheesy goodness on stale cold bread! We ordered two drinks and regular fries, and they managed to screw up that order several times (they're just too fast). I take a bite of my cheesesteak: mmmmm! Then I realized that it was a bit salty for my tastes (my bf says that it should be). I didn't finish my long-awaited cheesesteak but consumed the fries, which were sure better than McD's!

Pros: Fast Service (duh), Open 24 Hours, Fries

Cons: , Old Bread, Overhyped

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The King of Cheesesteaks is Pat's for me! You get not only the best cheesesteak but a feel for the city itself. You get a seat and table right on the sidewalk and excellent south philly style service. You can choose to have cheese whiz or american cheese and they are delicious and large enough for large appetites.

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★★★★★

The King of Cheesesteaks is Pat's for me! You get not only the best cheesesteak but a feel for the city itself. You get a seat and table right on the sidewalk and excellent south philly style service. You can choose to have cheese whiz or american cheese and they are delicious and large enough for large appetites.

Pros: Inexpensive, Easy to find

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I remember the days back when PAT's was a regular late night drive from NOVA... went back the other day and it has not changed one bit. If you want a true Philly Cheesesteak... you could not ask for anything more... PS the cheese fries top off the day!

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★★★★★

I remember the days back when PAT's was a regular late night drive from NOVA... went back the other day and it has not changed one bit. If you want a true Philly Cheesesteak... you could not ask for anything more... PS the cheese fries top off the day!

 

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