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Geno's Steaks, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1219 S 9th St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Submitted by: Michael L.

So we headed down here and my wife and daughter went and ordered Geno's and I ordered Pat's since this was their first time eating Philly Cheese steak s...

Submitted by: Gabriela R.

Took a drive with my family from New Jersey to Philadelphia.  Obviously, we checked out the tourist sites but one of the main reasons I wanted to go to Philadelphia was for the cheesesteaks.  Anyways, when we got here my husband got the c...

Submitted by: Jordan F.

I've been coming here since I was a kid and could barely see over the counter. It's a right of passage if you live in South Philly. You can't just order anytime of way. You have to say you want it wiz wit. I know it s...

Submitted by: Gord M.

For the record, I went knowing it was a tourist trap, but it was still worth it for the Whiz, baby. I'd say that Geno's is a stop worth making if you're from out of town and looking for your first cheese steak. The reality is, you're probably going to kick around the ...

Submitted by: Ashley S.

Barely better than Pat's in my opinion. Bread was actually warm. Meat was tender enough and flavor was ok, and I went with the cheesewhiz. And well cheesewhiz is... cheesewhiz. Fake, melted, way too salty cheese-like sauce. Not what my dreams and expectations of what a true Philadelphia cheesesteak would taste like. But still, between my beau and I, in our mini cheesesteak throwndown, Geno's was better overall. However, the criteria for winning this mini throwdown was basically deciding which is less crappy. And holy crap, what a bigot the owner is (presumably, Geno). He had stickers/signs/posters posted saying great things like, "You're in AMERICA, order in ENGLISH", along with other pretty obvious stabs at...

Submitted by: Anna S.

Sometimes I like to take friends and family who have never been and get one from Pat's and one from here and see which ...

Submitted by: Brad S.

I grew up three blocks from this place, spent a good 18 years in the neighborhood, and saw Geno's go through quite a few changes during that time.  Recently, since about 1999 if that is recent, the place has suffered a barrage of bad publicity, bad stocking choices, and bad management changes that has spiraled not only the image that Geno's spent so long building, but the quality of product and service. Look - here's the deal - you are in South Philly.  Regardless of how gentrified or diversified you think the area has gotten, you are still in South Philly.  Many generations have grown-up and still live in the same neighborhood, street, and even house as the ones before (both brother and father still on same...

Submitted by: Corey B.

Geno's cheesesteaks are made from the richest chewy rat meat in all of Philadelphia, and are delicately prepared on a rusty stove cooked in baby oil. If Geno's put ...

Submitted by: Susanne J.

I'm not going to lay down esoteric comments about a cheesesteak  since it's not a pretentious food. I'm a Philly native that had never had the Geno's experience. Shameful as it may be, I've finally joined the club. In short: Delicious, soft bread layered with thin slices of steak, whiz, and chopped onions. The perfect "junk" food for a cold Saturday. The line moved quickly and we managed to avoid getting yelled at by putting our order in correctly. I didn't think the fries were anything special - good, but I'd probably skip them next time. I was surprised at how much I like the mix of flavors considering whiz just seems disgusting on any other food. I can see why these steaks are the cuisine of choice for ti...

Submitted by: Jana V.

If you're looking for a McDonald's equivalent of a cheesesteak, this is the place to go. The best part of the cheesesteak is the bread and ketchup. I went here a few weeks back with my friend and his family. His baby niece said it best, "Bread, pwweeeaaase." The steak itself is homogeneous, it tastes like a greasy sponge. I really couldn't taste the "meat"...

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