tonight dan, clark, and i made the trek out to philly’s dueling cheesesteak joints: pat’s king of steaks and geno’s steaks. apparently pat’s is the oldest, passed down from the original pat olivieri who invented the chopped steak sandwich on a bun back in 1930. geno’s is more recent, started in 1966 right across the street, with flashy neon lights.
after a quick cab ride down, we stopped at pat’s first. i ordered a pepper mushroom cheesesteak wit [onions] and cheez whiz. dan and i split this glorious incarnation of the holy cheesesteak, so that we’d have room to sample the fare at geno’s. i’m almost sad we did—pat’s mushroom pepper cheesesteak was AWESOME.
the meat was chopped fine, the mushroom and sauteed green peppers were excellent, the cheez tangy, the bun warm. perfect on a chilly night.
then we headed over to geno’s palace o’ neon. dan and i each got our own cheesesteak, which was surprisingly different—in particular the meat was thicker and not chopped. clark sat this one out. here’s a geno’s philly cheesesteak.
who won this cheesesteak throwdown? pat’s hands down. other than the neon lights, i’m amazed geno’s stays in business, pat’s cheesesteaks are just that good. they have lots of options (though i’m sure geno’s offers the same), they have easy to understand rules, and they win hands down on texture. i’m full, but i can’t wait to go back.
oh yeah, here are the action shots: