The ongoing argument about the best cheesesteak in Philly will probably never be resolved—some people like Pat's, and some can't live without Geno's. So here's a little information about both—you be the judge.


Pat’s King of Steaks makes no joke about its name. Originally a hot dog stand at the base of Philadelphia’s Italian market in 1930, owner Pat Olivieri inadvertently invented the steak sandwich when he decided to cook himself a chopped meat sandwich with onions for lunch. The rest, as they say, is history. The quick and easy new dish became a sought after delicacy by local cabbies and local patrons, before growing into a city-wide mainstay. Almost 80 years later, Pat’s is still Philadelphia’s reigning cheesesteak sandwich establishment with a variety of menu options—from the simple classics to items like mushroom pizza steak and roast pork—and a bevy of succulent, well-cooked toppings. Open all day, every day, this is another perfect stop for anyone looking to get a hefty bite of Philadelphia’s infamous edible tradition.

1237 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 468-1546


Boasting happy customers from Oprah to Justin Timberlake to Tony Danza, Geno’s Steaks has a no-fuss reputation for solid, Philly-style meat sandwiches. Joe Vento opened Geno’s in 1966 with only $6, two boxes of steaks, and six hot dogs. Since that humble beginning, the establishment has grown into a Philadelphia landmark serving simple steaks with a lot of sass. Service is fast and the line keeps pace so make sure you arrive with your decision already made and your order properly planned. With a menu that only includes six varieties of steak sandwich and a few basic sides, it shouldn’t be hard to choose ahead of time. The restaurant is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, attracting a diverse crowd of hungry patrons at all hours. Though there is no indoor seating, there are a few tables and canopies out front on the sidewalk for those who can’t wait to dive into their food.

1218 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 389-0659