Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Battling Cheese Steak Restaurants: Pat's and Geno's

Cheese steak ground zero is the corner of 9th St. and Passyunk Ave., where two historic cheese-and-meat rivals face off across the asphalt. Garish outdoor signage and even a historical marker.

1237 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia, PA
South Philadelphia. Corner of S. 9th St. and E. Passyunk Ave.
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How to Order a Steak.

Battling Cheese Steak Restaurants: Pat's and Geno's

Although the lines may be long, they are efficient. Cash only at both places. Pat's provides humor and instructions on the "proper way" to order a cheesesteak. Geno's gives a nod to police with framed patches and photos of visiting officers.

[Adventures Of Cluckleberry Hen, 06/01/2018]

Cheese steaks.

Battling Cheese Steak Restaurants: Pat's and Geno's

When I visited Philadelphia, I was looking forward to trying both Pat's and Geno's cheese steaks. We got one cheese steak from each place, set down, and compared. We thought Geno's was better. Whether you prefer Geno's or Pat's, they both are pretty darn tasty.

[Brian From Rockland County NY, 06/18/2014]

Geno's Steaks.

Battling Cheese Steak Restaurants: Pat's and Geno's

Two facing restaurants both claim to make the best Philly cheese steaks. You be the judge.

[Barbara Henderson, 04/10/2014]

Food aside, Pat's King of Steaks has its own historical marker, but Geno's makes better use of gaudy colors and neon on its building.

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