Philly Cheese Steak - Who Is South Philly's Finest?

Philadelphia is the 5th largest city ( By population ) in the united states and the largest city of the state of Pennsylvania. It is well known for rich american history that have shaped the United States into the country that it is today. Filled with museums and Historic buildings including the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence by our founding fathers. However there are many other things Philadelphia is famous for, and one of them is Philly Cheesesteaks 😎.

You can visit Philadelphia for many things and then stop by one of the famous Cheesesteak joints in south Philly when you're done or you can be spontaneous and crazy like myself and take a 2.5 Hour drive from New York just to try one of these bad boys. Now of course i did some sightseeing while i was there, i figured why the hell not? but lets get to the point. The two most popular Cheesesteak joints are right across from each other, they are Geno's and Pat's King Of Steaks. Both Restaurants sit at 9th Street & Passyunk Ave in Southern Philadelphia and have been long time rivals.

Pat's Steaks claims to have invented the sandwich back in 1933, Geno's has been in business since 1966, and both restaurants claim to sell over 3,000 sandwiches on a busy day. Now on a busy day you can expect to wait up to 30 min maybe even more on line ( i waited about 35 min ). Unfortunately i can't eat 2 footlong Philly cheesesteaks like some people i saw jumping from Geno's to Pat's just to see which is better, and even if i could've just ate half and then tried the other half at the other spot, it was still too much work for me. 

So instead on my first run i tried Geno's, and a year later i had Pat's. Since it was so long in between i really can come to a conclusion on who is best, but i can sum up that the:

  • Fries from both places basically taste the same 
  • The Cheesesteaks are both equally as greasy 
  • Both Places have a long line...
  • Both are open 24 hours 7 days a week
  • Both have pretty great menu options

However i gotta say i found Geno's to be a bit cleaner and better lit which made my experience just a little bit better than Pat's, but needless to say both restaurants were good, and it was well worth the drive. Ill leave it up to you to decide which one you think is best.

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