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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 #79 of 3,733 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Sandwiches
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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
Description: THIS IS HOW IT'S DONE! In the summer of 1976, my father and a business partner opened Jim's Steaks South St., Bringing a unique art-deco storefront and an even more distinctive cheesesteak to a neighborhood in the midst of a renaissance. Few would have predicted that over the course of nearly four decades the shop would become one of the most celebrated restaurants in Philadelphia. You'll find us on what's known as the "Hippest Street in Town," serving up the finest cheesesteaks and hoagies from the heart of the city that made them famous. Five-time winner of Philadelphia Magazine's "Best of Philly" award and Zagat rated, Jim's is your 'must-have' cheesesteak when only the BEST will do. With well over 200 years of cheesesteak-making knowhow, our staff will make you glad you stopped in each and every time you visit. Whether you're a Philly native or a conventioneer, touring the city's incredible history and museums or just passing through, you'll know you're getting the real Philly cheesesteak experience when you walk through our door. Ask anyone who has tasted our sandwiches! We can't wait to show you how it's done. Our best, Ken Silver Second Generation Proprietor Jim's Steaks South St.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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170 reviews 170 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

When visiting South Street and looking for an iconic cheesesteak, I would have to recommend visiting Jim's. Yes there is most likely going to be a line out the door to order and I am positive all tables will be filled, but I do think it's worth the wait. For me, it wasn't the best cheesesteak I have ever had,... More

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Houston, Texas
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206 reviews 206 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This was one of the reasons I came here and the Philly Cheesesteak did not disappoint. I am glad I had it and came here.

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Pittsburgh, PA
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75 reviews 75 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Dry, dry, dry. We should have asked for Cheese Whiz instead of provolone. Atmosphere is noisy, authentic dive ... you have to walk through the kitchen to reach the upstairs dining room, which is kind of cool and funky. There was a line at the counter where you place and pick-up your order, but they were moving people through very... More

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60 reviews 60 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I looked this place up prior to traveling to Philadelphia and it came well recommended for their steak and cheese. You should get the steak and wiz cheese option. they have a fast production going there with a well seasoned grill and you will be on your way before you know it. Great place for a late night meal after... More

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5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

in the great Philly cheesesteak world ,Jims is simply overrated. The facts- chopped-up greasy meat[any quality does not come through], countermen who literally drip sweat onto your sandwich, peppers and mushrooms right out of a jar,not cooked and worst of all,supermarket rolls. Go to Johns or Tony Lukes[but go to Johns-even if it is only a lunch place ] and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

When I arrived today(around 4:40pm), there were 30 people were waiting in line but I didn't wait for too long. The smell is so good! A little expensive, compare with others shops. But you must try! It's really worthy.

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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I am a bit biased as I am a Philly native (South Jersey to be exact) and if I was on my deathbed, I'd probably have a cheese steak as my last meal (whiz without, extra meat, lots of ketchup) and if I had my choice it would be a Jim's Steak. Be warned, there is often a line but... More

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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We asked about a dozen people where the best cheese steak was and the all suggested Jim's, it is about 6 blocks from Independence Hall, wait was about 20 minutes but the line moved quickly and it was so worth it. It is reasonable priced and somewhere you must try while in Philadelphia.

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18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Very classic - high quality meat - Cheese wiz is optional to 'normal' cheese. Saturday night from 19-22 people was queuing up for 45-60 minutes to get their sandwich. We sat down across the street for beers and waited until the queue got smaller.

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227 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I enjoyed this cheese steak especially because I didn't have to wait that long. Ordering is fun, but unfortunately something from it made me very sick the night of and I was not able to go out that night....I am not sure I will be trying Jim's again.

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