Friday, August 24, 2007

The Best Philly Cheese Steak Is.....???

So we went to Philadelphia to visit my cousins Chris and Anne, and Anne's daughter Mallory. We had a great time seeing the city and taking photos (more on that later). But THE highlight of the day was getting an authentic Philly cheese steak, and until you try one, you really have NO idea what you're missing. What's great is that it's nothing too fancy here, just good 'ol Philly style cooking. The bread was awesome and I highly recommend Cheez Whiz... yep, you heard right.

Now on to the battle... two of the most famous landmarks in Philadelphia are Geno's and Pat's. They are literally right across the street from each other! But be careful, you have to order correctly and need to speak english, otherwise they'll ignore you and can be a little rude at times.

Which cheese steak is the best? Well you guessed it, we went to Geno's for lunch and Pat's for dinner to do a taste test ourselves! The winner by a very small margin was Pat's, mostly because we preferred the chopped steaks. Denise felt the taste was better at Pat's and seem to "linger" more in flavor, influencing her vote for Pat's the King of Steaks. Anyway, after watching episodes on the Food and Travel channel about Pat's and Geno's, and the endless battles between their loyalists, I had to try 'em myself. And I must say, if you like cheese steaks, you've gotta make the trip! It'll be worth every bite! Both places serve up good eats, you can't go wrong with either :)

The Italian Market is just down the block, one of the famous spots that Rocky Balboa jogged through on his way to the famous museum steps (which in reality, is a good distance away, transportation recommended, lol)
Here we are at Geno's thoroughly enjoying ourselves looking like tourists. NOTE: Even though my cousin Chris has lived in the city for 5 years, this is his first time eating here! LOL.
A shot I took of Geno's standing across the street near Pat's
Ah yes, how easy it is to spot a tourist getting their photo taken at Geno's... like we did :)
And here's Pat's, not as flashy an exterior as Geno's but the food speaks for itself


Mel said...

I must go! Yummy!

Doi de Fiesta said...

i was trying to test the tags in google for my photoblog and saw your page.

you really take good shots.. i'd have to add your page in my favorites links.

..and it would be nice to learn from someone with the same last name (if you have roots from nueva ecija) haha