Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Great Philly Cheesesteak Debate

Our recent visit to Philadelphia had to include a Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich!  But the question was where to go and what kind to get??

There are two places where the locals say you can't go wrong:  Pat's and Geno's.  Just head down to the intersection of 9th and Passyunk in South Philly and you'll see what we're talkin' about. 

Both joints are winners and you really can't go wrong with either one of them.  The biggest difference between Pat's and Geno's is that Pat's chops us it's thinly-sliced rib-eye steak where Geno's does not.  Pat's did win the Food Wars coveted trophy for best Philly cheese steak though...that piece of pride and joy would be the fork trophy on the right.

We ended up trying Pat's King of Steaks and found ourselves plum at the tail end of a line wrapped clear around the building! 

A short 50 minute wait later, we were in business!  FYI: getting your cheese steak sandwich can be a little tricky.  Much like many 'mom and pop shops' we've been to in the North, there are rules and protocol to placing your order.  Thankfully, Pat's spells it out pretty clearly.

Customers must choose whether they want their sandwiches "wit" or "wit-out" onions and also must pick their poison cheese.  Your choices:  Cheez Whiz, Provolone or American cheese.  Technically, Pat's doesn't sell cheese steaks, but rather steak sandwiches (even though the Cheez Whiz version is by far the most popular).

We tried the Whiz and a Provolone...

The Whiz won out in our group and our only complaint was that there wasn't enough to truly saturate the sandwich.  Still, it wasn't hard to believe that Pat's sells about 1,500 of these cheesesteak sandwiches daily!  Y'all have to check it out if you're in the area!