Sunday, July 30, 2017


Geno's Steaks
1219 S. 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Tel: 215.389.0659
Cuisine: Cheesesteaks
$ (under $15)
Sat, 07/15/2017, 7:30pm walk-in
    (3.5 Piglets)

Geno's is another iconic cheesesteak spot located across the street from Pat's. It is a rivalry between the two about who tastes better and which one is more authentic. In order to establish which one wins, my family and I did a comparison by eating one right after the other.

The place is just as busy as Pat's. There is also seating al fresco. There are two windows for ordering: one for the cheesesteaks and one for drinks and fries. We decided to try the fries here eventhough we did not order them at Pat's.



Cash only

Drinks and Fries
CHEESESTEAK WITH WHIZ ($10.00): The steak was just ok. It is different than Pat's in the sense that Geno's has larger slices vs Pat's has chopped up steak. I felt as though it wasn't seasoned well and lacked a bit of flavor. The bread was good and it wasn't as greasy as Pat's. 

MY FAVORITE DISH. PEPPER CHEESE STEAK ($11.00): I preferred this sandwich over the cheesesteak with whiz. It had more flavor and the peppers gave it a little kick it needed. 

FRIES WITH WHIZ ON THE SIDE ($5.00): This was amazing. The fries were skinny fries, which is my fry of choice. The cheese dip  of whiz is delicious. It coagulates when it's cold, but who cares! The fries are crisp and when combined with the cheese, it takes it to a whole new level. This is the only way fries should be eaten in Philly. 
Overall, I thought Geno's was ok. Based on flavor, I think Pat's outweighs Geno's in that aspect. I think the slices of beef just made it more difficult to season the steak. We also asked them to slice the sandwich in quarters, but the workers were not the brightest and didn't know what quarters meant. That being said, it's still not bad. It's a great alternative to Pat's if the line is long. The rivalry between Pat's or Geno's is what I believe to be a personal preference of the type of beef you like. 

Notable Dishes: Fries with Whiz and Pepper Cheesesteak