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Jim's Steaks South Street

400 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1521 (City Center East)
(215) 928-1911
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Ranked #72 of 3,733 restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Steakhouse
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
Neighborhood: City Center East
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78% Recommend
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Dublin, Ohio
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We had spoken to many locals that said this was the place to go for cheesesteaks. We did a "tour" of 4 places in town. In our group we all gave their just an ok. It is in a neat location where it appears that this part of town hops at night. Waited a little longer in line that the... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

If you are looking to eat the best cheesesteak in Philadelphia, go nowhere except Jim's Steaks. I have tried both Geno's and Pat's. Without even getting into the subtle (and not-so-subtle) racism that both Geno's and Pat's conveys to its customers, their cheesesteaks are uninspired and the service is terrible. At Jim's Steaks, the service was pleasant and the workers... More

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New York City, New York
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61 reviews 61 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Those two names are usually synonymous with "the best cheesesteak in Philly". Sorry guys, Jim's is now my go to spot when in Philly. More meat and perfectly cooked onions-if you want them- along with a delectable roll and you have your choice of 3 cheeses (Provolone, American or Cheez Whiz). I had the Provolone, it was heavenly!

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Saint Joseph, Missouri
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93 reviews 93 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Have eaten at some of the other well known Cheese Steak places around Philly, so, I thought I should try this one as well. Same long line outside the building and around the corner as the other places. The food was good. Cannot say it was any better or any worse than the others. The line actually moves fairly quickly... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This is the first cheesesteak I had in Philadelphia. There was a very long line winding around the corner, so I thought it must mean the cheesesteaks were worth the wait. Moral: Don't follow the herd! I learned this after standing in line for over 30 minutes, only to be "rewarded" with a dry cheesesteak with tasteless, grisley meat, little... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I absolutely love Jim's. One of the originals. Everyone goes to pats or genoa but Jim's is the real deal and is fantastic!

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Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

We arrived at a good time, so we didn't wait in line too long. Service was fast, though not the friendliest. Pizza steak was kinda messy...just ok. Steak with American and mushrooms was better. Next time I'll try a different cheese. Possibly better than Pat's and Geno's. In all, a fun Philadelphia experience and I'd go back.

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Seaford, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We were headed to have our first Philly cheese steak at one of the two very popular places in South Philly, when one of the locals told us to go to Jim's. She said their cheese steaks were the best in town. Much better, actually, than any of the others. So she kindly gave us directions, and we headed out.... More

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Westminster, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

First time in Philly and we received a recommendation to try Jim's Steaks. We waited in a pretty long line (which I understand is typical); ordered the steak wit whiz and mushrooms. Split it between my boyfriend and myself. Overall, I think this was my favorite of the 3 cheese steak places we tried while in Philly. The mushrooms didn't... More

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Tampa, Florida
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394 reviews 394 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Staff is nice until you take up too much time! The staff got a little rude after the majority of us had finished our meals. After waiting in a long line for 30 minutes, I expected that we would be able to enjoy some time with friends in a relaxing environment. Brotherly love.. lol Yea right! Go to Ishkibibbles across... More

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