Pat's King of Steaks, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1237 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Submitted by: Jenny H.

Here's how to order: 1) Wait in line with at least several of your friends (so they can help secure a table while someone else orders) 2) When you're getting close to the window, send out a friend to secure a table outside for you so you can sit and eat (the parties rotate pretty quickly after eating) 3) Place your order, saying type of cheese "Cheez Whiz/Provoline/American/etc." and "WIT" or "WITOUT" which means with/without onions. 4) Go down to the second window to order fries and drinks 5) Grab your piping hot, delicious, melty gooey cheesesteak and go to the condiments bar outside to get your ketchup on, plus your spicy red peppers, mustard, onions, etc. 6) Go and join your friends and EAT with a napkin...

Submitted by: Sarah P.

Not overly impressed but decent. On vacation we stopped in to try a Philly Cheesesteak at one of the two famously "battling" shops (Pat's vs. Geno's). I don't like Cheese Wiz so I went for a pizza steak (steak, marinara sauce, 'shrooms, provolone and onions) and it was pretty good. Hubby went for steak, provolone and onions, same verdict, pretty good. Fries were good and fresh. What cost them points: 1 - I appreciate that they try to put out this "neighborhood joint" vibe by having their own ordering language that they thoughtfully post instructions to where you wait in line and explaining that if you mess up you will have to go to the back of the line and try again. Really? It didn't matter when we were the...

Submitted by: Rin T.

In my quest to being the most interesting man in the world, I figured it has to be something I must do, so I tried both! Alright my fans, so I trecked up to Philly, been wanting to do this for a long time now.  Finally did it.  If you live on the East coast and live within 3 hours of Philly, then you have to do the Pat/Geno challenge, or you're just UnAmerican and you SUCK, if you Do have it on your itenerary of things to do, then you're not UnAmerican and you don't SUCK. So I finally went there and I tried Geno's first.  Since they're right across the street from one another, you have to pick one.  I picked Geno's first because they made it look like Chucky Cheese with all the bright colors and lights, the ...

Submitted by: Terrell L.

The Original home of the cheesesteak, invented the steak sandwich in 1930. Pat's King of Steaks is still owned and operated by the Olivieri family. The Fresh Roll, Grilled Steak, Peppers & Onions. Eating on the s...

Submitted by: Whitney O.

HELLOOO tourist central. After you get passed the fact that the fanny-pack wearing people taking pictures on how to order your food- HELLOOO crazy goodness. You can catch me here before I head over to the phils game and not pay prices over there for something you can get here that is the magnificent of all magnificence. It's simple. Simple goodness. You want a specimen of a perfect cheesesteak? This is where you come. I'm organized & clean about everything in my life, except FOOD. If I don't have stains on my shirt, pants, or face after a meal - I haven't enjoyed it. I'm a hot mess at Pat's! I almost can't describe the food here. The cheese fries are umm, YUM. Pizza steak, without, whiz. Pure love. FYI - the...

Submitted by: Steve S.

I remain loyal to this place because this is where Mom used to take me when I was a kid some 30 years ago.  Although since then I have come to prefer other Philly cheesesteak places over Pat's, they're still quite good most of th...

Submitted by: David A.

Ok. Maybe not fair that I grew up here and I like nostalgia. After being gone from the area for over 25 years this place still rocks. The lights, the aroma. What's not to love. The people. The lines at all hours. The right way to order. It all makes for a great experience that is tough to duplicate. While I still give the nod to Tony Luke's (who wasn't around when I was a kid), this place still serves up a great cheese steak and the best Philly cheese steak atmosphere. I always select Provolone with.  That's a cheese steak with provolone (I am not a wiz fan) and fried onions.  Then I add some ketcup and hot cherry peppers from the condiment bar and I am pretty much in food heaven.   Be decisive when you orde...

Submitted by: Dimitrios D.

Mildly better than Geno's, because the steak seems to be of higher quality. Otherwise they're basically two more or less equal heads of the same double-headed dragon. One can read my detailed Geno's review here on Yelp for further information, but suffice it to say I also prefer Pat's lack of political and social influence on patrons- an influence that Geno's tries to instill on its patrons. My idea is that a cheesesteak place should keep it simple.  Make me my food and shut up.  No one cares about your political beliefs.   And that's what Pat's does!  So in the great debate, Pat's beats Geno's! Still, with family up in the Lehigh Valley, I gotta say that Philly people have it all wrong- the best cheesesteak...

Submitted by: Mina T.

From what I've heard during my trip in Philadelphia, Pat's and Geno's Steaks are highly publicized rivalry... I can see why, they're only blocks away from each other. Therefore, I had to try both. In my opinion, Pat's kicks of the sandwich competition with a nearly perfect Amoroso roll, its tad crispier vs. Geno's. Now the meat, Pat's grilled steaks were well seasoned, medium size, and right amount of moist, not succulent or dry. On the other hand, Geno's steaks were little less flavorful and a little overcooked, but not significantly. They both tasted fairly similar. As for the cheese, you can't claim to have eaten an authentic cheesesteak without the whiz. Both of the cheese whiz coloration and textures ar...

Submitted by: Ed m.

There are certain things sacred in Philadelphia... The statue of Billy Penn, the view from the Art Museum steps, the Liberty Bell, the voice of Harry Kalas, the first perfect Spring Day in Rittenhouse Square, anything Ben Franklin, Kate Smith singing "God Bless America", and the immortal, simple, poignant words of Tug McGraw that apply to anything and everything in life.... "Ya gotta believe..." Pat's Steaks is one of these sacred things. Now...taste in cheesesteaks, like music and politics, is generally provincial and personal. And my family grew up around the block from here and Pat's has been a part of my life since birth... In fact, I won't even look across the street at that gaudy nightmare, shit box of...

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