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Dec 6, 2006 06:36 PM

Cheesesteak near Independence Hall

I'm bringing my kids to Philly this Saturday, but won't have time around lunch to take them to South Philly. There's a strong demand for cheesesteak, and wanted recommendations for the best, most authentic spot near Independence Hall. Thanks

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  1. I would take them to Reading Terminal Market. In addition to cheesesteaks, they can get many other typical Philly things (Amish food, soft pretzels, Termini's Italian Pastries).

    1. Nothing spectacular in that area- best bets are Campo's or Sonny's on Market Street (200/300 block) or if you feel like a fifteen minute walk or so, Jim's on South Street.

      1. I concur with the previous replies but really recommend Jim's on the corner of South and 4th Streets. It is a 10 - 15 minute walk from Independence Hall, but not only are the cheesesteaks some of the best in Philly, you will walk through Society Hill and some of the most historic and scenic parts of the city in order to get there. If you are extremely pressed for time, the short cab ride is probably worth it.

        1. Not far from Jim's and a much better cheesesteak, imho, than Jim's or Sonny's, is Gianna's, on 6th Street just south of Lombard. About a 10 minute walk from Independence Hall. And you didn't say how old your kids are, but if any are teens and you have any time at all, you will then be just a block above South Street which teens generally love.

          1. I'd pass on Jim's unless you like dry, gristly meat. I think Rick's at the Reading Terminal is much better, but I'd still go for roast pork myself.