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“Understand, it's a Sham” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Geno's Steaks

Geno's Steaks
1219 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-5005 (Bella Vista / Queen Village)
215-389-0659
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Ranked #705 of 3,481 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Sandwiches
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Takeout
Neighborhood: Bella Vista / Queen Village
Toronto, Canada
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“Understand, it's a Sham”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Against every tourist operators advice in Philly, and against the wise words of our hotel staff, and against the taxi drivers warning, we decided to check out Genos. We wanted to see for ourselves if it really is as bad as everyone was telling us. We wanted to see for ourselves if the entire Genos versus Pats drama was indeed pretend and just another miserable marketing ploy. We wanted to see if the food was as bad as every native Philly said it was. Boy were we unsurprised. The staff are rude. The food is bad! If you are a first timer, they treat you like crap and overlook you for the customers who know the menu. I think it is their stick to be rude and rudeness is intentional. The cheese steak we had at campos was much better than Genos or Pats. At least the bread was fresh at Campos. At Genos the bread was rock hard. The rumour is that they are owned by the same person or owned by friends. If you want to really know what is going on, don't read the nonsense reviews below. Sort the reviews from worst to best. Look at the worst reviews. Now there you have it. Don't go here!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Regina, Canada
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“Not as good as Pat's”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

We ate at Geno's for the first time on our second visit to Philly. I"m usually a loyal Pat's fan, but decided to give Geno's a try. While they make a decent steak, the whiz is runny and the meat is just not quite as good. This place is worth a try once, but I strolled across the street to Pat's afterwards for the best one in Philly.

Visited September 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Very Good, but Pats takes the title”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

I enjoyed their Philly cheese steak but I'm going to have to say Pat's cheese steak sandwich across the street was better seasoned and had more cheese.

Visited October 2013
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Lake Forest, California, United States
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“Eat at Pat's instead”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

This place is good-looking and flashy, but if you want better cheese steaks, cross the street at eat at Pat's King of Steaks. We tried both on our trip to Philly, and Pat's is much better, and they have delicious fries.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Just OK”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

It was our first time eating at Geno's. The girl who took our order was great and having said that we expected a great Philly cheesesteak sandwich. Not so! Very little meat and even less cheese on all three sandwiches.

Next time we will eat at Pat's, right across the street.

Visited September 2013
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