Traditional Philly cheese steaks consist of thin pieces of grilled rib-eye steak topped with cheese on a hoagie bun. The city of Philadelphia is renowned for restaurant rivalries over the "best" Philly cheese steak sandwich, with each spot offering a variation of the sandwich and customers calling “wit” or “wit-out” when ordering in reference to with or without fried onions.
Rick’s Steaks offers one location near City Hall and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, closing at six p.m. Rick’s Steaks’ Philly cheese steaks differ from competitors because they are made with chuck-eye beef versus rib-eye, making for a tender bite. Rick’s offers a bigger selection of cheeses including Cheese Whiz, American, sharp American, provolone and pepper jack. Topping options include mushrooms, raw or cooked onions, lettuce and tomato. Rick’s provides a free condiment bar, chicken and vegetarian cheese steaks. As of August, 2010 Philly cheese steak prices fluctuated from $6.50 to $12.00.
Rick's Steaks Bellevue Gourmet Food Court 200 South Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19102 267-519-9253 rickssteaks.com
Geno’s Steaks provides one location in South Philly across the street from biggest competitor--Pat’s King of Steaks. Geno’s Steaks is open 24 hours a day, offering a fast-paced concession line and sidewalk tables. Geno's Steaks serves chopped steak sandwiches with a choice of provolone, American or Cheese Whiz. Geno’s also prepares roasted pork and pizza steak sandwiches. As of August 2010, prices ranged from $7.75 to $9.00.
Geno’s Steaks 1219 South 9th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147 215-389-0659 genosteaks.com
Pat's King of Steaks
Pat's King of Steaks offers one location in South Philly, with outdoor tables and concession stand-style ordering. Pat's King of Steaks' Philly cheese steaks vary from other restaurants because Pat’s uses slices of unchopped meat. Pat’s offers cheese steaks with mushrooms, peppers, extra cheese, lettuce or tomato and roasted pork sandwiches, hot dogs, and fish cakes. As of August 2010, Pat's King of Steaks' cheese steak prices range from $7.00 to $9.00.
Pat's King of Steaks 1237 East Passyunk Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19147 215-468-1547 patskingofsteaks.com
Jim’s Steaks offers four locations, serving until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Jim's Steaks differs from other famous Philly cheese steak restaurants because of the smaller chopped pieces of steak used in the sandwiches. Jim’s offers Philly cheese steaks with Cheese Whiz or melted provolone. Toppings include raw or fried onions, mushrooms, peppers, lettuce and tomatoes. Jim's menu also features the Pizza Steak, Mushroom Steak and Steak Hoagie sandwiches. As of August, 2010, cheese steak prices fluctuate between $7.60 to $8.00
Jim's Steaks - South Street 400 South St. Philadelphia, PA 19147 215-928-1911 jimssteaks.com
Jim's Steaks - West Philadelphia 431 North 62nd St. Phiadelphia, PA 19151 215-747-6617 jimssteaks.com
Jims Steaks -Northeast Philadelphia Bustleton & Cottman Avenues Philadelphia, PA 19149 215-333-5467 jimssteaks.com
Jim's Steaks - Springfield 469 Baltimore Pike Stoney Creek Center Springfield, PA 19064 610-544-8400 jimssteaks.com
Di Nic's Oven Roasted Beef
Di Nic's, located near the Philadelpiha Convention Center Complex, offers an informal sit-down and bar atmosphere serving a variation on the traditional cheese steak by using thinly-sliced roast beef and sharp provolone cheese and offering toppings such as greens or roasted peppers. DiNics also serves roasted pork and beef, sausage sandwiches, hand-carved pulled pork, beef brisket and chicken Marsala sandwiches. As of August 2010, sandwich prices range from $6.95 to $7.90.
Di Nic's Oven Roasted Beef 1136 Arch St. Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-923-6175 no website