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“Best Philly in Philly” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Jim's Steaks South Street

Jim's Steaks South Street
400 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1521 (City Center East)
(215) 928-1911
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Ranked #66 of 3,481 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, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Takeout
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.
Chicago, Illinois
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“Best Philly in Philly”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Cheese steak with cheese wiz, onions, and mushrooms! This place has an old school diner feel and has been around Philly forever. They sell drinks by the bottle even beer if you like. Standing room only, so if you come with a party, have someone grab seats upstairs. I could only eat half of mine, but best steak sandwich I've eaten. Would have given 5 stars, but absolutely NO room to sit. Cash only...

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Canada
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“A real experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Everybody told us that Jim's was the number one place to go for philly cheese steak sandwich. The steak sandwich was great. The experience of standing in line and watch the show was equally good. We went on a Saturday for lunch (take away). We got there at 12:30 and the line was just inside the door. In and out in 20 minutes (order and get food, not eat it). But those who came later than that joined a line around the block. Jim's is in a great neighborhood.

Visited December 2013
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South Jersey
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“Favorite place for a cheesesteak in Philly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

I've eaten cheesesteaks all over the city, and for my money, Jim's is the best building to eat at in the city. Wait in line (usually not a long wait, it almost always moves fast), grab a cheese steak, and then head upstairs to eat with a nice view of South Street. When you're done, check out some of the famous people who've eaten there.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great steaks, good place to visit in Philly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

This is a must stop for me in Philadelphia. A great place I take first time visitors to check out the best steaks in town.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Classic Philly Cheesesteak Dive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Worth the trip to south side for a local cheesesteak. Bring your cash, they don't take plastic. Eat upstairs so you can check out south street.

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