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Pat's King of SteaksĀ®

1237 East Passyunk Ave.

Philadelphia, Pa. 19147.

Pat's King of SteaksĀ® was founded by Pat Olivieri in 1930. Pat had a modest hotdog stand at the base of the famous Italian Market in South Philadelphia. One day he decided to have something quite different for lunch, so he sent for some chopped meat from the butcher shop. He cooked the meat on his hot dog grill, placed the meat onto an Italian roll, and dressed it with some onions. Just as he went to take a bite, a cab driver who ate a hot dog everyday asked what he had there. Pat said that it was his lunch. The cabbie insisted that Pat make him one. The cabbie took one bite and said to Pat, "Hey.....forget 'bout those hot dogs, you should sell these." The steak sandwich was born. As the years passed, both employees and customers alike demanded change....cheese was added.

It is a combination of all the freshest ingredients that can be found.

It's quite simple. It's rib-eye steak sliced thin, onions,

cheese, and of course, the freshest Italian bread you can find.

Put them altogether and you've got a Pat's Philly Cheese steak.

Can't you just smell that Cheese steak?

Geno's Steaks - 1219 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Geno's Steaks was started by Joe Vento back in 1966. He figured that if he was going to sell a steak, he had to be where they were already eating them....at the "X" shaped intersection of 9th & Passyunk in South Philadelphia. Joe learned the cheese steak business from his father who in the early 1940's opened "Jim's Steaks". In 1966, Joe started "Geno's" with $6.00 in his pocket, 2 boxes of steaks and some hot dogs.

His competitors all gave him six months to succeed and Joe laughed at them. As a twist of fate, there was already a Joe's Steak Place and Joe had to come up with a new name. He noticed a broken door in the back of his store on which a neighborhood boy by the name of "GINO" had painted his name. Joe liked the name but at that time, there was a food chain by that name and he did not want to confuse his business with that chain. So, he simply changed the "I" to "E" and decided to name his store GENO'S. In 1971, when their son was born, Joe and his wife Eileen decided to name him after their business. His son Geno works along with his father in a managerial capacity as well as handling many of the "behind the scene" tasks helping to make the business such a success. Since those days, Geno's has offered the best of cheese steaks.

The ingredients are simple, exacting and never greasy thinly sliced rib-eye steak, melted cheese, oven-fresh baked bread and delicately grilled onions. Awaiting your piping hot sandwich on the counter outside are ketchup, mustard, relish and Joe's choice hot sauce.

A Word of Warning!

Be prepared and know how to order, because the service is fast and the line keeps moving. For example, on a cheese steak with onions specify which kind of cheese you'd like (Provolone, American or Cheese Whiz). By the time you have given your order, your money will be taken and your sandwich will be out the window nice and hot! At the next window you can pick up your soda, fries and coffee. Geno's is open 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a week.

There is no indoor dining, but there are tables under canopies on the sidewalk for those who wish to enjoy sandwiches on the premises rather than drive off with them. Stop by when you're in town and see why Geno's Steaks has become a Philadelphia tradition.

The Tortilla Guy

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Battle Of The Cheesesteaks South Philly Pat's & Geno's
Steve, the Tortilla Guy, is comparing cheese steaks that hail from Pat's King of Steaks and Geno's Steaks. If you want to know more about the restaurants and their cheese steaks, you should not miss the video!

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15 Comments

CookingMyWay's picture
Great video Steve! So which one was your fav? :) Nikko
The.Tortilla.Guy's picture
Thanks one of my few attempts at editing !!! As far as the best : I found that Geno's while cleaner looking and much more colorful was a bit prejudiced when you go to the window there is a big sign that states to order in english , I found that distasteful as we are a Free Country and I am sure when the Italian ancestors of Geno's came here they did not have a full grasp of the language. With Pat's you got what you asked for and it was good !!! The Tortilla Guy
shantihhh's picture
weird have tried to play this video several times just stops and starts over, stops and starts over
CookingMyWay's picture
Works fine for me...
CookingMyWay's picture
That's odd - I'm getting it just fine on the Mac and PC?
The.Tortilla.Guy's picture
Now I am not getting it at all - damn The Tortilla Guy
CookingMyWay's picture
I must just be special because it's playing for me just fine? The first time I watched it I got the same thing as MA is stating but I hit refresh and it came through just fine?
khau.khan's picture
its because the video was uploaded in MPG format and if you dont have the quicktime plugin in your browser it wont play - anyways the ifood folks will fix it and it will play in flash ! but looks great - i have been to this place too - there is always a long line there ! Bon Appetite!
The.Tortilla.Guy's picture
Thanks it is working now !!! and Pats was the better place ....... at least on the day I went The Tortilla Guy
Jack.Galati's picture
Another great video. Played for us with no problems. Which cheese did you get. Years ago when I worked in Jersey,I used to get great cheese steaks with American cheese. Both those sandwiches looked real good....I'm getting hungry now. Shelly
The.Tortilla.Guy's picture
you can get them there with American,Provolone or the good ol Whiz The Tortilla Guy
CookingMyWay's picture
I'm really not a fan of the Whiz but I will eat it on a cheesesteak... :) Nikko
neptali's picture
This is so great .how did u come up with such a great Idea. u have to be a very lucky. u get to hang out in great place's and eat good food.
Bxredman's picture
I am a fan of Pat's !!
The.Tortilla.Guy's picture
I have to say that I think that while they were both good , Pats is a better place , while at Geno's you better order in English or you won't get served according to the sign in the order window The Tortilla Guy