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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 #76 of 3,806 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 am
Cuisines: American, Sandwiches
Neighborhood: City Center East
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
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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Pelham, New Hampshire
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

Quick, service , small line... great food! Neat atmosphere.. Lots of different choices... food is made right there in front of you.

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Elkridge, Maryland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Waited in a long line. It was really hot outside, I was so disappointed with the cheese steak sub, flavorless just didn't taste good to my family and I.

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Castle Hayne
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

For as much as I was looking forward to the much publicized Geno's, man am I glad we were chatting with a local who told us not to bother. He said the locals ate at Jim's because that was the best place to get a genuine philly cheesesteak. Oh my gosh! I am so glad we listened to him! We... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

The steak & cheese is delicious! There's a whole way of how to ask for these sandwiches! If you like spice/hot food, do not forget to add jalapeño peppers!!! Even though I know it is not a real cheese, I asked mine with whiz cheese.... YUM!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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44 reviews 44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

When there is a line around a building to get served I know I stumbled across something special and it was! Stuffed subs, lots of toppings, great bun. Much better than Pats,Geno's or Reading Station shops. Worth the wait maybe 10 min once into the door. Good value too.

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Arvada, Colorado, United States
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45 reviews 45 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

There are quite a few places that claim to be the home of the Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches but this one claims the prize. They serve hoagies but their steak sandwiches are the best. People wait in line to get into this place. We waited 45 minutes but the wait was worth it. If not full, you can eat at... More 

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This place was recommended by a friend and the cheesesteaks did not disappoint! We tried both their philly cheesesteak and the veggie one and both were excellent.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Everybody recommended Jim's Steaks for me. Now it's my time to recommend Jim's Steak to you.

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Miami Gardens
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I've heard about the famous shops to get a cheese steak. So I asked a local where he thought the best cheese steak was and he sent me to Jim's. The roll was soft, the steak was juicy and to top it off the cheese wiz! The best tasting cheese steak by far!

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Geneva, Switzerland
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20 reviews 20 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I used to visit this place regularly when I was living in Philly. To me they have the best steak in town! The servers are not the nicest, but it is worth giving it a go!

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Additional Information about Jim's Steaks South Street

Address: 400 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1521
Phone Number: (215) 928-1911
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday 10:00 am - 3:00 am
Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 am
Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
Cuisine: American, Sandwiches

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