Battle of the Cheesesteaks

When I went to Philly a couple weeks ago with my friend Abs you know what was the first thing on our minds.  Yep, you got it.  Cheesesteak.  However, when we were trying to make our way there we missed our first bus and our second bus broke down.  It seemed like the cheesesteak gods didn't want us to partake in this greasy, cheesy, meaty goodness.  Luckily our third bus turned out to be our cheesesteak angel.

After we got all our sight seeing out of the way and built up hunger we went to the two most famous cheeseteak operations.  After a few tweets from friends and followers we were recommended to the famous cheesteak rivalry, Pat's vs. Geno's.  These two establishments are right across the street from each other and have had this history for years.  Naturally, we had to get a cheesesteak from each and compare. 

Ordering cheesesteaks, we found, was another language.  "Yo! Whiz wit." means, "I'll have a cheesesteak with Cheese Whiz and onions please!"  So we ordered one whiz, one prov (provolone), and both wit (onions).
Geno's with onions and Cheese Whiz
Pat's with provolone and onions
Overall, both sandwiches were delicious and really hit the spot.  There's nothing like meat and cheese in between a warm roll that's really comforting.  Geno's steak is sliced thicker and Pat's is chopped up and sliced thinner.  Geno's has a slight crunch to their onions and Pat's is cooked down more.  In the end, I can't make a final decision as to whose is better because I've only tried them once but if I had to choose which one I like after that initial trial I would choose Geno's because I like the slight crunch of the onions and somehow I think their bread was slightly softer.  However, I think that being across the street from each other doesn't necessarily hurt their business but makes it better because people flock to these establishments to see what the competition is all about.

Geno's Steaks
1219 South 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 389- 0659

Pat's King of Steaks
1237 East Passyunk Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 339-9872

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