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Apr 2, 2001 09:19 AM

Philly Cheesesteaks: Gino's or Pat's

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Going to Philly soon.
Which one is better?

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    1. re: Pepper

      If you're going to go to Tony Luke's, opt for the roast pork -- with broccoli rabe! Delectable.

      1. re: Bob Libkind

        Absolutely quintessential cheesesteak experience - Jim's on South Street. And yes, Tony Luke's for roast pork with brocccoli rabe, don't forget the provolone!

        1. re: patricia

          I have never seen the point of Jim's, and am pretty much to the point of dropping it from cheesesteak pilgramages. Pat's, on the other hand, is essential.

          As is, of course, Tony Luke's pork sammy.

            1. re: tricia
              DREW (the steak expert, bitch)

              yeah-A SAMMY! i had a roast pork with sharp provolone and plenty of onions at Tony luke' of best sandwiches i ever had(also one of the most mafiosa places around).there is not as much pressure to order correctly at TL's as Pat's/Gino' for Gino's/Pat's....gino's wins.the provolone wit was so good i went back for another.pat's wiz wit gave me crazy shits and super tough meat.jim's was skimpy on the meat, though it was tender.friendly service as well.clean.

              1. re: DREW (the steak expert, bitch)
                victor lieberman

                Where is Tony Lukes?
                I will try Ginos
                I never thought that
                Pats or Jim's were as good as
                Mama's, Larry's or Delassandros.


      1. Well, I've had both, and didn't like either. I preferred Gino's to Pat's, though. The meat at Pat's was served cold, fatty and gristly. I know -- I know -- a good Philly Cheesesteak has to have gristle. But my preference is for Jim's -- made to order, enough grease, not too much gristle. Love to put those dried whole red chilli peppers in oil on top of those cheesesteaks. While there may be others that will probably disagree, I know what I like -- saying that it may not be the quintessential cheesesteake experience. But I really do think that Jim's puts out a superior product.

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          Chef Stefano

          I grew up in Philly and I guess this sounds disloyal, but I do not really care for the Philly cheesesteak. However, if you are in the area of Pat's and Geno's, try Bitar's Pita Hut at 10th and Federal. They make a grilled felafal sandwich that wins best of Philly awards just about every year. And don't forget the Triangle Tavern at 10th anf Reed for steamed mussels. In fact, I mentioned this place before to Chowhounds. Has anyone tried it?

          1. If you are staying in Philly, get one of each and tell us which you liked! If you come anywhere near the norristown / blue bell area go to pudges, it blows them both away!

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            1. re: blueschef
              victor lieberman

              We will be driving to and from downtown
              Philly/Valley Forge.
              Where exactly is Pudge's???