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“Exactly What I Expected”

Sonny's Famous Steaks
Ranked #34 of 4,342 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $15
Cuisines: American, Fast Food
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Street Parking, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Sonny's is known for its authentic, award-winning Philly Cheesesteaks just a few blocks from the Liberty Bell and National Constitution Center in the heart of historic Old City, Philadelphia. Sonny's is continually ranked number one on Philly Cheesesteak top ten lists, notably by GQ in 2014. We care about our sandwiches. We use 100% fresh Angus beef and slice it fresh every morning (most places order it sliced). Each sandwich is individually prepared to order (versus the now common practice of producing a batch of sandwiches at once). That's why both tourists and locals frequent Sonny's -- it's real, it's genuine, and it's delicious. Sonny's Cheesesteaks is in downtown Philly, convenient to hotels and sightseeing hubs. Tour groups and school groups flow in and out of local hotspot. We provide discounts to groups that book in advance on our website. We also have discounts for US Military, police officers, students and more! We pride ourselves on our friendliness. We love newcomers and are eager to teach folks everything and anything about cheesesteaks. Don't get nervous ordering, and please, ask questions! Sonny's is the real deal Philly cheesesteak experience -- and it's easy to get to by foot, cab, or subway (SEPTA 2nd Street Station). Feel free to call for directions or check online.
Vienna, Virginia
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“Exactly What I Expected”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2013

Great bread; good meat; good provolone; great quantity. No complaints whatsoever. No waiting and lucky enough to get an outside table to enjoy our cheesesteak.

Visited August 2013
Thank Rick B
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“An amazing first cheesesteak”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2013

My girlfriend and I only had a day in Philadelphia and knew we had to try the famous Philli cheesesteak.

Whilst on an amazing free walking tour (freetoursbyfoot.com - definitely use these guys. Both in Philadelphia and New York the tours were great) our guide mentioned Sonny's as being really good. He also mentioned how Pat's and Ginos (sic) fought it out for who was best/the inventor.

Checking reviews on trip advisor of the other two lead us to try the recommended Sonny's. Couldn't have been a better choice.

The owner/manager was really helpful and a fun guy too. The cheesesteak was incredible and the unlimited refills of soda helped on a really hot day.

If I'm ever in Philli again I'll definitely eat here again.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Russell W
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Be weary of the hot sauce bottles”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013 via mobile

Went to this place because campos was packed. For whatever reason Sonny's was empty. Went in and was immediately informed that they had run out of most of their fountain drink selections. The staff was very social and helpful. The sandwiches were cooked in front of us. Be careful of the hot sauce bottles though as a prankster seems to frequent this place as well. Make sure you check that the lids are fully secured. The plafe might seem a little dodgy but the food is good.

Thank lawdave
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“Great lunch at Sonny's!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2013

We went for lunch here because of the reviews & were not disappointed! Not only was the lunch wonderful, but the staff was exceptional!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank lovetogol
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Perth, Australia
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“What a foodie experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2013

This was the best fast food we've had in Philly. Be prepared to eat a high calorie, high fat feast,but hey you gotta have this taste of Philadelphia. We'd definitely eat here again if we come back here. A serve of Philly cheese steak with onion, cheesy fries and a drink cost about $13.00.

  • Visited August 2013
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