We're not afraid to be the ultimate tourists when we travel. Sure, it's great to go off the beaten path, but, when you're in a place for a really short time, sometimes it's fun to do the expected.
When you're in Philadelphia, you're expected to visit Geno's Steaks and Pat's King of Steaks. Most people will agree that they are not the best cheesesteaks in the city, but nobody can deny that they are absolute Philly institutions.
And, lo and behold! They are right across the street from each other! My friends Laptop and Mrs. Beagle joined us for the challenge. First stop: Geno's.
Whiz wit ($9.00).
Cheese fries ($5.00).
Would Pat's disappoint, too?
Pat's was instantly better. Instead of being bombarded with scary Speak English signs and stickers, we were greeted with friendly, hearty hellos from several employees, not to mention the instructions clearly posted were pretty helpful.
Whiz wit ($9.50).
Pat's doesn't compare at all to the magnificent John's Roast Pork, this sandwich completely kicked the Geno's sandwich's ass. It wasn't even a contest. The chopped steak made all the difference -- more char, more flavor, more everything.
Cheese fries ($5.50).
Geno's. More crisp!
Bonus sandwich pic.
It was an easy choice between these two historic cheesesteak competitors. Team Pat's!
John's Roast Pork. That is, until we return and sample some more cheesesteaks the next time we're in Philadelphia.