The battle rages on. Geno's or Pat's. Years ago when I was an airline employee I commuted between Minneapolis and Philadelphia every Friday night. Those were those days when airline employees traveled first class. So I started asking my fellow passengers Geno's or Pat's. It was always fun as everyone had an opinion. Once a fight almost broke out.
First off Geno's was not on the scene until 1966. Pat's was the first and was the one that invited the Philly Cheese Steak back in 1930. So Geno's in NOT the original.
At both places parking is hard (the are across the street from each other). Neither place has a parking lot. Both places have a few tables outside. You have to jump in quick when one opens up. Geno's does have a stand up area. Even in the dead of winter it's eat outside or in your car. Both places are open 24 hours a day and every day except Christmas and Thanksgiving. Both have two windows, one for the steak and the other for fries and sodas. You order twice and pay twice.
The big difference between the two is the way the meat is prepared. Geno's does not chop up the meat on the grill. You get the steak in whole slices. The onions at Geno's are also less grilled, they are between raw and grilled. Pat's the onions are grilled.
Both places you order Wiz Wit or Wiz Without. That mean with cheese wiz and with or without onions. Always order it with wiz. I know it sounds gross. Who eats that goopey, neon orange cheese? I would not touch it on anything else, but on a cheese steak it's great. I have tried it with provolone and it's way too dry.
Some people say the bread is different between the two. If that is true it's way too subtle for me to detect.
Of the two I prefer the Pat's cheese steak better.
On a side note, Geno's serves up a little politics with it's steaks. They do not allow you to order in anything other than English. (When is Wiz Wit English?) They also have a lot of articles about immigration and call their fries "Freedom Fries", not French Fries. I just want a good cheese steak, stop the lecture on politics!
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