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Old 03-23-2014, 02:45 PM
 
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Hi,

I'm going to visit Philadelphia for the first time next week and will only stay for one day. I've never eaten a cheesesteak before and thought I should try it out as I will arrive in the "Mecca of Cheesesteaks itself".

I've heard that "Geno's" is overrated and just a tourist trap. Where is the best location? And, is it worth trying? (it looks pretty disgusting to be honest).
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Old 03-23-2014, 02:48 PM
 
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Hi,

I'm going to visit Philadelphia for the first time next week and will only stay for one day. I've never eaten a cheesesteak before and thought I should try it out as I will arrive in the "Mecca of Cheesesteaks itself".

I've heard that "Geno's" is overrated and just a tourist trap. Where is the best location? (price irrelevant).
What areas will you be in. Geno' is quite touristy but pretty famous along with Pats (across the street)

Many better IMHO - even another touristy one Jim's on South Street would be better
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Old 03-23-2014, 03:14 PM
 
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Hi,

I'm going to visit Philadelphia for the first time next week and will only stay for one day. I've never eaten a cheesesteak before and thought I should try it out as I will arrive in the "Mecca of Cheesesteaks itself".

I've heard that "Geno's" is overrated and just a tourist trap. Where is the best location? And, is it worth trying? (it looks pretty disgusting to be honest).
If you like/don't mind eating a cheeseburger (full-fat cheese, standard 80/20 beef), you shouldn't mind eating a cheesesteak (that isn't to say you'll necessarily like it, but at the very least, it shouldn't gross you out). A good cheesesteak, while hardly a health food, shouldn't be dripping with grease.

I like Steve's (provolone wit--"wit" meaning fried onions), which now has a Center City location. It won't give you that touristy cheesesteak experience the way Pat's/Geno's/Jim's will, though (I agree with the above poster that Jim's is the best of the bunch).

You may also like (or even prefer) a roast pork sandwich with sharp provolone and broccoli rabe. Tony Luke's makes a good one (they make good cheesesteaks too), so if you're visiting with a friend, it may be worth ordering the two and splitting them.
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Old 03-23-2014, 04:09 PM
 
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Default A One-Day Visit, You Say?

Go to South Street. I like the Italian Market area, but if you're only here for one quick day: visit South Street. It's maybe not as vibrant as "in the old days" (pick your favorite decade), but it is pretty lively. I ALWAYS send my out-of-town guests to South Street if they're looking to get a flavor of Philly. I like Jim's Steaks fine. When you're done with your sandwich, go walk off your lunch around South Street. Great area IMHO
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Old 03-23-2014, 05:26 PM
 
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Go to South Street. I like the Italian Market area, but if you're only here for one quick day: visit South Street. It's maybe not as vibrant as "in the old days" (pick your favorite decade), but it is pretty lively. I ALWAYS send my out-of-town guests to South Street if they're looking to get a flavor of Philly. I like Jim's Steaks fine. When you're done with your sandwich, go walk off your lunch around South Street. Great area IMHO
I agree. But I would send the op to Ishkabibble's on South near 4th.
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Old 03-23-2014, 05:30 PM
 
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I agree. But I would send the op to Ishkabibble's on South near 4th.
People semi-frequently talk about it; I've never had it. Anything make it stand out from the other places (this is just for my own personal benefit )?
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Old 03-23-2014, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Rittenhouse, Philadelphia, PA
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I like the Omega Pizza on 22nd & South.
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Old 03-23-2014, 07:28 PM
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Steve''s on 16th and Chestnut

Pat's steaks

Campo's 2nd and Market
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Old 03-24-2014, 05:01 AM
 
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People semi-frequently talk about it; I've never had it. Anything make it stand out from the other places (this is just for my own personal benefit )?
Taste and size, not too dry, not too greasy. It's chopped, if you prefer that. Cheesefries (well done) are great, too.
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Old 03-24-2014, 06:21 AM
 
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As long as you're in Philly, they all basically taste the same imho.
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