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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 #78 of 3,780 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
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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South Pole
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54 reviews 54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

The Philly cheesesteaks here have a huge following of fans that claim that it is the best they've ever eaten, and after having a few, it is hard not to agree. The mix of the meat, bread, cheeses, and assorted toppings makes for an absolutely delicious sandwich. (They serve a lot of other sandwich options, but seems most people only... More 

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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52 reviews 52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

I was heading out of town after a wedding weekend, and my one request to my sister was to bring me to a downtown joint that served an excellent Philly Cheesesteak (since I live in Florida now and was having a craving). She took me to Jim's on South Street. The smell as you walk in the door immediately makes... More 

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Middletown, New York
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

My fav for the best cheesesteak in town. Always wish I had ordered 2 cause they are so good.Usually long lines but advantage is indoor seating thru door in back and up the stairs.Also hop eclectic neigborhood.

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Miami, Florida
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248 reviews 248 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

It's fun to watch the chef making the sandwiches at lightning speed. Hot off the grill!! Loved the sandwich with onions, peppers and mushrooms but would have preferred sliced meat rather than the meat chopped up and fried on the grease grill. Makes for a great fun sandwich, but not my style.

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Skokie, IL
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77 reviews 77 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I went with some friends to Jim's and we had an absolutely great set of cheesesteaks! The operation there is amazing to watch, and the rate at which they process the cheesesteaks is unbelievable! No matter how you want it, it is hot off the grill in less than a minute (once of course you get to the front of... More 

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New Jersey
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53 reviews 53 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I have reviewed other cheesesteak places in Philadelphia, but this one is the best out of them all. I ordered one wiz, wit, and double meat. I didn't need the double meat, but it was awesome. I wish I had gotten mushrooms on it, but that is for next time. Wiz=cheese wiz, wit=onions. The staff at first seems rude but... More 

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Houston, Texas, USA
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46 reviews 46 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This place is spectacular. Small menu, perfectly cooked cheesesteaks, and the best hot peppers. I had heard it was good, but I would say it's excellent. Cool folks working there, too! Don't forget there's seating upstairs, but be aware that the line gets really long close to noon.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Yes there is Pat's Steaks and Geneo's but closer to downtown and in the eclectic South Street shopping area is Jim's or Jimmy's cheese steaks as it is also known. Nothing fancy just so good. You can get a beer, and chips to go with that cheese steak or hoagie. You can sit upstairs and eat, if you can find... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

I'm not a local, but I have been to a lot of the major Cheese Steak staples (Geno's/Pat's/Tony Luke's/etc) and I really think Jim's are the best. Their steak quality was top notch and it was finely diced. Rolls were excellent as expected. They have the standard toppings and they were of high quality. They keep it very simple and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

My friend said: if you are going to Philly you must try the Cheese Steak. So, we went to Jim's Steaks. Very nice place, cool pictures and while you eat you can check who visited the restaurant. The place is simple, not fancy at all. The sandwich is really good. The only thing is that I would like more if... More 

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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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