Pat's King of Steaks vs. Geno's Steaks

Which of these Philadelphia diners has the better cheesesteak?

My mission:  To choose which landmark eatery serves the best cheese steak sandwich in Philadelphia.  Located diagonally across from each other in the “City of Brotherly Love,” long-time rivalries Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks offer very similar menus, making it difficult for the visitor to choose between the two.

Preparing for this Philadelphia mission was not too difficult, just thinking about the energy involved looking at the Liberty Bell made me work up a hunger.  Except for my combat boots, I am incognito in my civilian clothes a la matching nail polish and earrings.  No Made Ready to Eat meal for this Soldier on this chilly Philly day!

Will the bread be as tough as the owner?

An employee at Geno's to the left of the owner's signs.

Window Greeting at Philadelphia's Geno's
Credit: photo taken by Sergeant Donna

Starting with Geno's

Anticipation mounting, I approach the walk-up window at Geno’s.  The workers are very friendly in this cheerful looking establishment decorated with plaques and pictures memorializing their police officers and fire fighters.  A few minutes after I order, I bite into a Geno’s cheese steak sandwich containing onions and Cheese Whiz.  Yum…

Geno's employees seem to enjoy serving.

Employees at Geno's pose for me.
Credit: photo taken by Sergeant Donna with a point and shoot camera

Moving on to Pat's

After eating most of my steak sandwich from Geno’s, I cross the street and order the same from Pat’s.  The service there is just as efficient.  Since she did not order anything from Geno’s, Sgt. Sheila Starr has already finished her cheese steak sandwich from Pat’s and says she likes the chewy bread they use.

Service at Pat's King of Steaks is much friendlier than it looks.

An employee at Pat's happily gives me my change.

An employee at Pat's happily gives me my change.
Credit: photo taken by Sergeant Donna

Pat's King of Steaks

1237 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia
Credit: photo taken by Sergeant Donna

The Choice Cheesesteak

Pat’s cheese steak sandwich looks almost exactly like Geno’s, but five bites later, I am certain of which sandwich I like best:  Geno’s.  My sandwich at Geno’s seemed slightly juicier and more oniony than Pat’s.  Also, I prefer the softer bread on which Geno’s serves their cheese steak. 

Of course, this is my humble opinion.  It is great, isn’t it, to have the liberty to choose the yummiest cheese steak in Philadelphia?

Pat's King of Steaks

1237 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia

Geno's Steaks, 1219 South 9th Street, Philadelphia

1219 South 9th Street, Philadelphia