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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 #86 of 3,742 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
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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Great Falls, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

native Philadelphian had cheesesteaks and hoagies all over the city and none compare to Jim's. Lines are long at lunch time but worth the wait

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Hamburg
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Everybody can talk calmly about the best Philly CS, but you have to go to Jims! As i write this, the water runs me again out of my mouth ...

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Cedar City, Utah
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Loved every bit of it. Researched for the best Philly Cheesesteaks. Jim's was on every list and even highly recommended by the Enterprise car rental. Was not disappointed. Actually went back a second night. Food was fantastic, atmosphere was unique and fun, and price was reasonable. Definitely a must!

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Hancock, Maine
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Staff makes it a fun experience. The sandwiches are outstanding (not greasy) with fresh ingredients. Get the WIZ cheese! You can also get a beer herewith your lunch. We went back for a second visit.

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Bradford-on-Avon, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

The Philly cheese steak I had at Jim's Steaks is the only one I've ever had to I don't have anything to compare it with. However, I found it very tasty and enjoyed the atmosphere of the place added to the fun of it. Jim's Steaks are located in South Street which is atmospheric in itself and well worth a... More

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Wausau, Wisconsin
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48 reviews 48 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

I came here while visiting Philadelphia per the suggestion of a local and I'm sorry, but I just don't get what all the fuss is about. I have never had a cheesesteak before and based on how much they are raved about I was expecting a sandwich that would blow my mind. We were greeted with a very long line... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

You shouldn't leave Philadelphia without trying at least one Philly Cheesesteak. I tried mine at Jim's Steaks. Thankfully when I went on a Thursday evening at 8:30pm there were only a couple of people in the queue. When I walked past on Saturday at lunch time the queue was out the door and around the corner, so pick your timing... More

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Warrenton, Virginia
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101 reviews 101 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

You still have to wait, but the people are nice and there is a place to sit upstairs. I was also told the Jim was the grandfather of either Pat or Gino (I can't remember). It was raining so a place to sit indoors was well worth it. I was also told that the cost is much more reasonable and... More

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Gainesville, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

Our first cheese steak sandwich and it was worth the wait. Nothing fancy about restaurant, happy to have extra seating upstairs. Line was forming around the corner when we got there at 1:30 in the afternoon.

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Falling Waters, West Virginia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Best cheesesteak I've ever eaten! The people, the food, the location, the ambience...they help make it, but the food is what seals it. Piping hot and fresh and made how you want it...perfection. I can't wait to get back. Superb.

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