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Aug 12, 2008 02:48 PM

ONE and only ONE Cheesesteak in Philly

I'm not from the area...and have never had any of the famous cheesesteaks. Here's my challenge:

I have time/appetite for ONE and only ONE meal of Philly cheesesteak! My thoughts are:

1. Do a side/by/side comparison of Pat's/Geno's
2. Go to a more highly rated place - Steve's, Tony's, etc.

Your thoughts please.

Part 2 - onions are a given - should I get it wit Wiz or Provalone?


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  1. John's Roast Pork. that is the only one you will ever need to try. get it with provolone.

    1. It would help if you let us know when you are coming to town. Cheesesteaks are ALWAYS a very lively debate. There are many threads devoted to the cheesesteak debate. I am confident, this one will be no exception! Personally, I am a Steve's Wiz wit. (wit refers to the onions not the cheese. ;-))

      1. Perhaps there is another option you may consider: skip the (vastly overrated) Philly cheesesteak in favor of a roast pork sandwich from Tony Luke, John's, or DiNics.

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        1. re: Buckethead

          I love the pork at Tony Luke as much as the next true Philadelphian, but I could never discourage anyone from a real Philly cheesesteak. Forget Pat's and Geno's, although it's fun to drive by and see the corners...Tony Luke's all the way, I'm American wit....

          1. re: hillster

            I'm a Californian who frequents PA once every other month. I heard from a native Philadelphian that Jim's (on South Street?) is the only way to go. According to this source, natives are truly divided between those who prefer cheez whiz, and those who opt for provolone. I'm curious for any native out there to comment on this...

            1. re: ginael

              No native would go to Jim's unless they like dry, gristly meat. That is why natives eat roast pork!

        2. If you are going for your cheesesteak before 2:00 Mon to Fri (maybe Saturday), go to John's Roast Pork at Front and Snyder. Get a cheesesteak with provolone and fried onions. If outside of that window, go to Tony Lukes at Front and Oregon and order the same. I have lived in Phila my entire life and I have had one cheesesteak with wiz because I thought I should (I grew up with Prov or american). I went back to provolone. Once you get the cheessteak, get a roast pork to go from either of these same places, rabe and provolone or go to the Reading Terminal Market for a roast pork from DiNic's.

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          1. re: Bigley9

            i would say skip the cheesesteak because i think its the most patronizing,disgusting and greasy thing this side of paris hilton, but while your here, you might as well go to John's on Front and Synder and get a steak and a pork sandwich.

          2. Go to Johns. Definitely. I'm a convert. Although I still like mine with Whiz. (I can't help it!) It's the saltiness I'm sure.