Pat's King of Steaks
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- 61%Family Travelers
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Member Reviews (31)
- Pat's King of SteaksMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 13Feb 26, 2014
Pat's is one of Philly's more iconic cheese-steak sandwich places. It's right across the street from the flashier Geno's. Both are perfectly acceptable choices, though I'd recommend checking out Jim's Steaks. If you are set on trying either Pat's or Geno's I'd go with Pat's
- Pat's King of SteaksNov 06, 2013
Pat's originated the cheesesteak (or at least they claim they did!), and you can get the gooey heart-stopping Philly special here 24/7. It's in south Philly where E. Passyunk and Wharton Streets meet, so OK by bus during the day, and take a cab at night (EVERYBODY knows this place). Geno's, the main competitor, is right down the street at 9th and E. Passyunk.
- Pat's King of SteaksAmbassadorMember ofStudentsBackpackersOct 28, 2013
Geno's or Pat's? That is the age-old question for visitors (and residents) to the City of Brotherly Love. When I visited the first time, I tried both cheesesteaks - and came to the conclusion that while Pat's was more tasty, Geno's was far friendlier in service. However, that was 6 years ago. On my last outing, in 2008, I preferred Geno's steaks over Pat's. So who will ever win? Perhaps we will never know.
- Pat's King of SteaksMember ofFoodiesOct 27, 2013
Wit wiz all the way! The steak sandwich was flavorful but for $9.50 (cash only), you pay mostly that much for the historical piece this place offers as the inventor of the cheesesteak. I wish the sandwich was bigger.
- Pat's King of SteaksMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies+ 2Oct 24, 2013
You can't come to Philly and not eat a cheese steak. There is an ongoing debate as to whether Pat or its rival across the street, Geno's, is the best. Pat's is my choice. Both stay open until the wee hours (I was here at 3:30 am and waited in line for 10 mins!) - but it is worth it. Fresh baked rolls from south philly, greasy meat. Cheese whiz is a must (you can order provalone, but then you are doing it wrong). Know what you want before you get to the window - they like to keep things moving and won't wait for you. Proper way to order is "whiz wit...[peppers, mushrooms]". Yum.
- Pat's King of SteaksOct 23, 2013
I don't dare get involved in Philly cheese-steak "best of" wars, but this place is great, and it is the oldest in town, which definitely should count for something. Plenty of tourists come here, and that's why the terse instructions for ordering are posted, but at least the couple of times I've been there, I've seen cops and other normal Philly types chowing down too. It's a cheesy mess, basically. There's another legendary place kitty-corner from here, so you could side-by-side taste tests if you were so inclined.
- Pat's King of SteaksMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 7Aug 16, 2013
In the battle of Geno's verses Pat's my personal preference has always been for Pat's. Fortunately Pat's and Geno's are right across the street from each other so it's easy enough to just try both for yourself and see which you prefer. Either way, you'll be getting a real taste of Philly.
- Pat's King of SteaksMar 16, 2013
This was a great cheesesteak. Pat served it up faster than I could order it and I gotta tell ya, it was fantastic. The bread was fresh and had just the right amount of cheese. I have to say, in all honesty, I liked it better than Geno's across the street.