Where do you get your cheesesteak from? In my opinion, there are four major competitors-Pat’s, Geno’s, Tony Luke’s, and Jim’s. Some people would say totally different competitors.
Geno’s founded in 1966 by Joey Vento. Geno's steaks is located in South Philadelphia at the intersection of 9th Street and Passyunk Avenue, directly across the street from rival Pat's King of Steaks, which claims to have invented the steak sandwich in 1933. Tony Luke’s original place isn’t far from the Philadelphia airport, also located in South Philly. Tony Luke’s has turned his name into a chain and even sells his steaks in grocery stores to make it at home. My personal favorite, Jim’s Steaks on South Street.
Jim’s has been around for 70 years. They also have a few locations in Philadelphia, but you have to go to the one on South Street.
The next question many rookies ask-yes I said rookies, there is a right and wrong way to order a cheesesteak. First, state what kind of cheese you want on your roll-whiz, American, provolone, or all of the mentioned. Next, wit or witout-fried onions (wit is Philly slang). Then comes the extras peppers or mushrooms. The most traditional steak is with whiz and fried onions-personally I’m a provolone kind of girl wit. Make sure you are prepared to order your sandwich before you get to the window and all of these places only accept cash!