Thursday, December 17, 2009

Pat's King of Steaks : Philadelphia

Despite visiting Philly a few times before, my Dad never really got the opportunity to try out a cheesesteak. We were already in the Italian Market neighborhood already, so I figured I would at least show my Dad the places that all tourists come to visit: Pat's King of Steaks and Geno's, the two most well-known cheesesteak shops. And before the locals all get up in arms over this (a number of folks here vehemently believe that Pat's and Geno's are at best mediocre representations of the cheesesteak), my original intention was to just show him the area and later try out Tony Luke's. Happy now?

Well, things didn't quite turn out that way. This being one of the coldest nights I've experienced in Philly, there was absolutely no line at either Pat's or Geno's.  A cheesesteak was ours instantly if we so desired.

So we looked down at our stomachs and they gave us the go-ahead thumbs up.

This is the emptiest I've seen Pat's and Geno's before.

Mushroom Cheesesteak Whiz Wit -  The steak isn't quite as tender/juicy as it could be.  The flavor comes mostly from the mushrooms and the Cheez Wiz and in an artificial flavor kind of way, how can you really mess that up?  The bread was ok, but not outstanding.

Shrug, in my experience, the Pat's and Geno's experience has never been about the quality of the cheesesteaks.  If you refuse to let anything sub-par enter your throat and stomach, then Pat's and Geno's should not be on your to-visit lists.  But as a tourist, if you're looking for the classic story to tell of standing in a  line for 1/2 hour on the coldest night of the year just to try out the original Philly cheesesteak, then Pat's and Geno's has its place.  Just don't be expecting something mind-blowing to end the story.

Pat's King of Steaks
1237 East Passyunk Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19147-5060 (Map)
(215) 468-1546‎

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