There was an episode on Food Network - don't remember which show - that had gone to downtown Philadelphia to sample the two cheese steak places that duke it out everyday for the title of Best Philly. It's quite the competition. Folks are really passionate about who has the better sandwich — Pat's or Geno's. And, they are literally located across the street from each other!
Well, I happened to be in Philly for work last week and since we had just a shade of free time we decided to do the same little taste-test for lunch.
We started out at Pat's. Here's the view from the table. Note the sign that discusses the invention of the philly and it's place in history!
I found out quickly that there is a particular way to order your philly: wit or witout. Simply put, do you want onions or not?
I chose wit.
Oh, and some cheesefries, of course! I would never pass those up. You can also get that cheese sauce ON your philly (instead of american or provolone). Actually, it was really quite good that way.
Here we are making our way across the street to Geno's. It's quite flashy. And because of that, a lot of folks don't like it. They prefer substance.
Geno's has a way with customers. Read below.
Lisa preferred Pat's fries, as did I.
However, Geno's had much better bread. And to me, bread makes or breaks a philly. If I could have it my way, I'd grab a loaf from Geno's and bring it over to Pat's. (Pat's fillings were much better, and you got much more of 'em.)
Witout Pat or Geno seeing me sneak it over there, of course... that would be trouble!