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“You've got to try it!”

Jim's Steaks South St.
Ranked #34 of 4,459 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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.
Reviewed July 7, 2013

As mentioned in prior reviews, their soft bread is part of what makes the sandwich great. The meat was lean and there was just the right amount of whiz in the center of the bread. Our family enjoyed our cheesesteaks upstairs and liked looking at all of the celeb photos / signatures. My 7-year old had an entire cheesesteak to himself and said it was the best meat sandwich ever!

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Reviewed July 2, 2013

I didn't go to Pat's or Geno's but I can't imagine that their Philly would have been any better. At Jim's the bread was delicious, fresh and soft. You can't have a great sandwich without great tasting bread. The meat was lean and yummy. The cooked onions were sweet and I also loved their mustard. We even had a table to sit and enjoy our awesome Philly treat!

Thank Doreen P
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

Local here... fro years Jim's has been in my mind the best cheesesteak in philly followed by Geno's, Steve's, Pat's

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Reviewed July 1, 2013

Went by here because of its legendary status. People were very friendly and food was adequate. Not sure what stands out about it to make it above average - it's a decent sandwich.

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Thank msa23_2000
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

We were told by several locals that this was the place for cheesesteaks, and it did not disappoint. The meat was tender and perfectly cooked, and although I am not a connoisseur of this cuisine, I enjoyed the sandwich very much. We went mid-afternoon and there was little or no wait.

Thank Grotshops
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