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memphis

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Pat's Cheese steaks Fri, 11/25/05 1:59 PM (permalink)
From Jersey, but make many trips a year to Pat's in Philly for the ultimate cheese steak. Hands down, the best. I have tried them all. Gino's, Jim's, and many more. Pat's is King.
 
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    dreamzpainter

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    RE: Pat's Cheese steaks Fri, 11/25/05 11:36 PM (permalink)
    Im sure a little searching will find this topic well discussed. However for a real cheesesteak treat try Phils at the corner of lenola rd and camden ave, between Maple Shade and Moorestown. Granted its been over 10 yrs since I've had the pleasure and don't know if the store survives. And then there's Palpmbos at Rt 130 and Cinnaminson Ave in Cinnaminson
     
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      cornfed

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      RE: Pat's Cheese steaks Sat, 11/26/05 12:53 PM (permalink)
      Pat's is Pat's. It's the ral deal. Like Katz's, Smitty's, Arthur Bryant's. It's the one. It's America. It's not only about tastebuds. A cheesesteak seems simple enough. But this is how a cheesesteak is supposed to be.
       
      #3
        saps

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        RE: Pat's Cheese steaks Sat, 11/26/05 2:10 PM (permalink)
        Pat's is nasty, as is Geno's. I'm sure that there are far better cheesesteaks in Philly. It reminds me of hot dogs in Chicago, or Italian beef stands- the most popular ones are typically the worst.
         
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          Diner-Lover

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          RE: Pat's Cheese steaks Sat, 11/26/05 2:27 PM (permalink)
          Although I'm a PA/Philly-area native, I never tried a Pat's cheesesteak until 1983 when my husband (from WA state) and I made the trek down there after reading an article about it in a Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer magazine. We weren't prepared for it being a take-out only place, and so had to eat our cheesesteaks in the car. So my main memory of Pat's is of PA and NJ maps spread out on our laps as grease and liquid Cheese Whiz dripped and made new routes on the maps.

          Haven't been back since, not because it was a bad experience, but the cheesesteaks were no better or worse than what we can get in the 'burbs and consume more genteely at a table somewhere.
           
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            ScreenBear

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            RE: Pat's Cheese steaks Sat, 11/26/05 6:23 PM (permalink)
            Don't like a place that doesn't have seating...never have. This is what keeps me from going to Tommy's (Elizabeth, NJ) for Italian hot dogs. Admittedly, they have a fine product. But I want to either read the paper or enjoy conversation with a companion. If you want my business, loan me a chair.
            The Bear
             
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              msp

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              RE: Pat's Cheese steaks Fri, 01/6/06 3:42 PM (permalink)
              Was at pats last week,12/30. Was terrible! 25 min. in line just for sandwich. Bread was good but the portion of meat was lame, had one teaspoon of onions and the cheese was just put on the bread not even near melted. Fries were ok, and a soda. but for a total of $11.00 and change i could of saved a bunch of gas and had a better one in flemington n.j.
               
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                acer2x

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                RE: Pat's Cheese steaks Fri, 01/6/06 5:15 PM (permalink)
                I second D'Allessandro's in East Falls and would add Pudge's in Blue Bell.
                 
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                  ScreenBear

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                  RE: Pat's Cheese steaks Fri, 01/6/06 7:10 PM (permalink)
                  I am disheartened to learn that these famous places have become tourist traps, if such is indeed the case. And if so, I'd like to know how long that has been the case.

                  I've never been to either, but won't go until I hear something very positive from a fellow RoadFooder in the know.

                  Eventually, word of mouth will get around, and folks will either go elsewhere, or, the places will see the tide and stem it before they kill the golden goose. Hopefully, it's not too late. From the long lines you've described, it probably isn't.

                  Is there anyone with knowledge of these places who can put a time line on how long they've ceased to be the great places they once were, if again, that is the case?
                  The Bear
                   
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                    wanderingjew

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                    RE: Pat's Cheese steaks Fri, 01/6/06 8:21 PM (permalink)
                    quote:
                    Originally posted by ScreenBear

                    I am disheartened to learn that these famous places have become tourist traps, if such is indeed the case. And if so, I'd like to know how long that has been the case.

                    I've never been to either, but won't go until I hear something very positive from a fellow RoadFooder in the know.

                    Eventually, word of mouth will get around, and folks will either go elsewhere, or, the places will see the tide and stem it before they kill the golden goose. Hopefully, it's not too late. From the long lines you've described, it probably isn't.

                    Is there anyone with knowledge of these places who can put a time line on how long they've ceased to be the great places they once were, if again, that is the case?
                    The Bear


                    I never tried Geno's but was disappointed with Pats when I first tried it in 2000. Jim's used to be great. I first tried Jim's in 1988 and would always go back on occasional visits to Philly through 1992. I returned again in 1997 after more than a 5 year hiatus and it just wasn't as good as it used to be. I think I was disappointed with the bread it wasn't as crusty as it used to be. I'd go back and try it again since it's been about 9 years. Wow, can't believe that- 9 years!!!!
                     
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                      loucrew

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                      RE: Pat's Cheese steaks Fri, 01/6/06 9:04 PM (permalink)
                      Want a great Cheese steak. Go to Pat's, but the one in Point Pleasant NJ on Hwy 88. aside from making them myself, this place is the best ever. Hands down.
                       
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                        peppertree

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                        RE: Pat's Cheese steaks Fri, 01/6/06 10:17 PM (permalink)
                        Are you sure that is not Pat's Pizzaria. They have excellent Cheese Steaks.

                        quote:
                        Originally posted by loucrew

                        Want a great Cheese steak. Go to Pat's, but the one in Point Pleasant NJ on Hwy 88. aside from making them myself, this place is the best ever. Hands down.
                         
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                          ScreenBear

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                          RE: Pat's Cheese steaks Sat, 01/7/06 5:50 PM (permalink)
                          How far is D'Alessandros's from the Philly Airport?
                          The Bear
                           
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                            GordonW

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                            RE: Pat's Cheese steaks Sat, 01/7/06 10:04 PM (permalink)
                            If you're going to Pat's or Geno's, take the time to walk a few blocks north, through the Italian market (a nice trip in itself) for a hoagie at Sarcone's. The bread alone will make it worthwhile.
                             
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                              memphis

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                              RE: Pat's Cheese steaks Sun, 01/8/06 11:41 PM (permalink)
                              I'm hearing a lot of negativity towards Pat's. I still think they're the best. I think what happens is over the years competition attempts to do one better, bigger sandwich, more onions, more peppers,more steak, etc. etc. Pat's is the original, and most true Philadelphians tell me that the taste has not changed.
                               
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                                tacchino

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                                RE: Pat's Cheese steaks Mon, 01/9/06 12:58 AM (permalink)
                                I remember when I was a student at the University of Pennsylvania in the mid eighties (oh so long ago!) and I found Pat's Steaks to be pretty underwhelming. Even then, there were many better choices in Philadelphia. I even remember one of my favorites; the lunch truck on Samson Street, near the White Dog Cafe, and not far from the law school.
                                By far, this was the best cheesesteak I ever tasted in my four years of undergraduate studies in Philly. And believe me, I tried many, many places.
                                Does anyone know if these trucks still exist? That whole area around the campus has changed unbelievably since I was a student there.
                                 
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                                  wanderingjew

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                                  RE: Pat's Cheese steaks Mon, 01/9/06 12:27 PM (permalink)
                                  quote:
                                  Originally posted by memphis

                                  I'm hearing a lot of negativity towards Pat's. I still think they're the best. I think what happens is over the years competition attempts to do one better, bigger sandwich, more onions, more peppers,more steak, etc. etc. Pat's is the original, and most true Philadelphians tell me that the taste has not changed.


                                  I first tried Pat's in 2000, and I was very underwhelmed compared to the cheesesteaks at Jim's or even Rex's back in the late 80's.
                                   
                                  #17
                                    Sundancer7

                                    RE: Pat's Cheese steaks Mon, 01/9/06 12:36 PM (permalink)
                                    I have done Pats several times and I do not want to offend folks of Philly but I rated them just OK.

                                    I am sure that Cheesewit and Jane could certainly give a better input.

                                    Paul E. smith
                                    Knoxville, TN
                                     
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                                      Jimeats

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                                      RE: Pat's Cheese steaks Mon, 01/9/06 12:56 PM (permalink)
                                      quote:
                                      Originally posted by GordonW

                                      If you're going to Pat's or Geno's, take the time to walk a few blocks north, through the Italian market (a nice trip in itself) for a hoagie at Sarcone's. The bread alone will make it worthwhile.
                                      Gordon I did just that a couple of years ago and found this great Italian restarunt think the name was Ralphs or something right next to a bread bakery. Any way had a steak sub the next day at Pats very uneventfull would'nt go out of my way to go back but I would for Ralphs. Chow Jim
                                       
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                                        CheeseWit

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                                        RE: Pat's Cheese steaks Mon, 01/9/06 1:30 PM (permalink)
                                        This topic has been covered here so many times that there's really nothing to add. Pat's, Geno's, Jim's, and Tony Luke's are the best known places for cheesesteaks.

                                        That doesn't mean they are the best. There's a steak shop in every neighborhood, town, village, etc. throughout the Philadelphia area. You can read about the cheesesteak tour we did back in July of '04. 5 stops (Pat's, Geno's, Jim's, Dallesandro's, and Steve's) were included and there were pros and cons to each.

                                        Some of us don't like cheez whiz, some do. Some like the meat sliced, some like it chopped. It's a matter of personal taste and a topic for argument in every neighborhood.
                                         
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                                          Scorereader

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                                          RE: Pat's Cheese steaks Mon, 01/9/06 4:20 PM (permalink)
                                          I love this "best cheesesteak in Philadelphia" war.

                                          It reminds me of where to get the "best slice in NYC" war?
                                          and
                                          where do I get the "best wings in Buffalo" war?

                                          the lines are drawn. This is great! I'm going to have to try all these places. (Although, I've already done Jim's. and liked it!)

                                          I wonder if there will ever be the "best half-smoke in D.C." war?

                                           
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                                            Gelco1

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                                            RE: Pat's Cheese steaks Wed, 01/11/06 2:39 PM (permalink)
                                            jim's is the winner. I ried them all.
                                             
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