Archive | February, 2012

Pat’s King of Steaks

2 Feb

Pat’s King of Steaks

Rating: ★★★☆☆
1237 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147
marketingwit@patskingofsteaks.com
Website
(215) 468-1546
Price: $
Hours:
24/7
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Overrated, overpriced, worth a try, would not return

Pat’s is better than Geno’s, but that’s not saying much. Their steaks are more flavorful and the temperature is just right, but their bread is a little on the hard side. The lines here are just as long as Geno’s, but they have a way more courteous staff. Case and point, one of my steaks was a little too dry to my liking and they replaced it no questions asked. You won’t get that kind of service at Geno’s.

Overall, the cheesesteaks are decent, but not worth the price or the trouble of waiting on a long line. This is more a less a tourist attraction, after all Pat’s is credited for creating the original Philly cheesesteak.

Covered seating is available outdoors and they only accept cash.

Pat’s King of Steaks

Wiz Cheesesteak with (onions) ($9), Provolone Cheesesteak with ($9), & Provolone Cheesesteak without ($9)

Pat’s King of Steaks Fries
French Fries ($4)

Pat’s King of Steaks

Pat’s King of Steaks

Front of Pat’s King of Steaks

Long Lines

Pat’s King of Steaks Menu

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Geno’s Steaks

2 Feb

Geno’s Steaks

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
1219 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Website
(215) 389-0659
Price: $
Hours:
24/7
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Over-hyped and bad service! You’re better off going across the street to Pat’s, the lesser of two evils

What was once a past favorite is now an over-hyped tourist trap. Lines get really long, mostly due to its attractive lights and its mural of celebrity encounters. The cheesesteaks are warm at best, the beef was sliced and had no flavor what so ever, the provolone cheese wasn’t melted, and the onions were raw. That’s pretty much everything you can do to ruin a cheesesteak. Not to mention the service is horrible, they’re rude and they look down on customers that can’t speak English well. The fries are decent but if you want a more satisfying cheesesteak, just go across the street to Pat’s.

If this review hasn’t deterred you enough to not want to try Geno’s, then bring cash because they don’t accept credit. Similar to Pat’s, covered seating is available outdoors.

Geno’s Steaks
Wiz Cheesesteak with (onions) ($9) & Provolone Cheesesteak Sandwich with ($9)

Geno’s Steaks
Freedom Fries ($4)

Geno’s Steaks

Geno’s Steaks

Geno’s Steaks

Papaya Dog

1 Feb

Papaya Dog

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
239 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003
(215) 468-1546
Price: $
Hours:
24/7
Nearest Transit:
1 Av (L)
3 Av (L)
14 St – Union Sq (4, 5, 6, 6X)
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Quick food that usually stomach-able for most New Yorkers

There’s no shortages of hotdogs in New York City; there’s carts, stands, trucks, and even restaurants all dedicated to selling this stuff. Most aren’t great, but they are a staple of NYC. I grew up in NYC and I grew up eating hotdogs. Over the years, it has been a love-hate relationship. Like McDonald’s, I know this stuff isn’t good for me but for nostalgia’s sake I keep coming back.

Papaya Dog is a hotdog joint that I’ve been to a couple of times now. They have locations scattered around the city, but the only one I’ve ever been to is the PD off of 1st Ave in the LES. The dogs here are nice and crisp, having been cooked on griddle instead of being drowned in steaming water. The buns are toasted on a grill along side the dogs. Choose from: regular, turkey, or even vegetarian. My usual is two regulars ($1.50 each), they offer a combo that gets you two dogs and a 16 ounce drink for $4 (I think it use to be only $3.50). They boast that their drinks have no artificial chemicals and are 100% natural, but they taste like the complete opposite. They also serve Fries, Philly cheese steaks, and other sandwichs. Skip all that junk, the hotdogs are the only thing worth trying here.

Papaya Dog
French fries (looks and tastes as though they have been deep fried many times over)