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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 #90 of 3,741 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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Nairn, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

There's plenty of competiton for the honour of Best Cheese Steak in town and we tried 4 different ones during our stay, including the famous Pat's and Geno's. Had a couple of reccomendations to visit Jim's and it ticked the box for me!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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71 reviews 71 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

South Street has a very young and hip "vibe" and Jim's vintage/retro exterior makes a nice juxtaposition. The line was nearly out the door, so clearly this place has a reputation and many local fans. The line moved fast and the staff was very efficient at grilling up the cheesesteaks. The meat was lean and tender and the onions grilled... More

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Casa Grande, Arizona
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

With my husband's first trip to Philly, we had to stop at the best cheese steak place and we were told by several people that Jim's was the best. My husband went in and ordered 2 cheesesteaks with onions and American cheese, and before I got on 76 my husband had both of them ate. He stated that there were... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

In search for Philly's best cheese steak we were directed quite by several people to Jim's and were delighted! Even if the Philly cheese steak is a rether simple meal it was delicious! The food itself is not awesome...but the whole thing is an experience! It is worth waiting in line for a half hour I garantee that! Yummy!

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Seattle, Washington
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

So after being in Philly for a little over a month, I realized I haven't tried any of the famous cheesesteak joints... So I decided to check out Jim's. When I went, it was about 11:20am on a Sat, oddly there wasn't much of a line.... which eventually materialized right behind me. Service was actually pretty fast (2 lines, one... More

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 via mobile

Great little restaurant - a tradition. Our group went and had a variety. I'm not a huge PCS fan so left the onions off but still worth the trip to experience a legend!

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California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 via mobile

This place was recommended by a staff member at our hotel and was closer than Geno's or Pat's. The line was out the door so it took forever to order and get our Philly cheesesteak. We took it upstairs to the noisy crowded dining room. The meat tasted like overcooked ground beef. After trying a few bites we threw the... More

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Parkwood
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We tried this place as Man vs Food said it was a great place for the Philly Cheesesteak. I had the Pizza Steak, and the boyfriend had the Philly Cheesesteak. $23 for this and 2 soft drinks... They don't offer anything other than steak sandwiches (no sides at all). We thought this was overpriced, but we didn't experience any other... More

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Orlando, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I was told that Jim's was the best place to get a traditional Philly "steak sandwich. I wasn't disappointed, and ate every bite! Quick service, and friendly staff!

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Decatur, IL
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

There were 5 of us and we ordered 3 different kinds so we would have a variety. Very good. Not fancy, you can't even get a knife there! If you want to try the real deal, this is it. We had to wait 20+ minutes to get served!

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