Geno's Steaks has been a key member of the famous Philadelphia Cheesesteak triad (Geno's, Pat's, Jim's) for as long as memory serves. A typical topic ... More
Geno's Steaks has been a key member of the famous Philadelphia Cheesesteak triad (Geno's, Pat's, Jim's) for as long as memory serves. A typical topic of conversation among Philadelphians is which one of these masters of the rib eye reigns supreme. Some say Geno's sandwiches are bigger but Pat's are better. Truth be told, any of the three do justice to the city's signature sandwich. Located across from arch-nemesis Pat's in South Philadelphia near the Italian Market. Outside seating only.
Forget the flag-waving nonsense from one Joseph Vento (who conveniently forgets that his own PARENTS were from another country), Geno's Steaks is one of the most overrated establishments I have ever been to.
The quality of the meat is non-existent. It's dry, flaky, and very hard to chew. The "cheese" that goes with the fries is nothing more than microwaved Cheeze Whiz, and the soda is always flat (and they have nerve charging almost ten bucks for all that!).
Parking in South Philadelphia has always been a nightmare, but it's impossible around there (and having Pat's right across the street only complicates the matter).
Geno's is the ultimate tourist trap. Tourists looking for something different should avoid the place. (FYI: It's not a restaurant. You simply walk up to the counter, give your order to the counterstaff, who grunt in return, and eat in your car or chairs and tables that the staff rarely clean).
Vento is living off the fame of his ignorant sign, and it's a shame because he and his counterstaff are in serious need of diction lessons as someone who speaks proper English will barely understand them.
If going to Geno's is one of your top ten reasons to visit Philadelphia - forgetaboutit. The meat was tasteless. The service horrible. I returned the sandwich after taking a few bites. When I asked for the manager, I was told to go to the next window and the window was slammed in my face.
Now if you are interested in Pat's Steak and want to know how to get there by subway:
-Take the orange line South and exit at Federal
-Continue South on Broad Street to Wharton
-Take a left on Wharton until you reach a small ball park
-Pat's will be on your right
Andy from Miami
Cool place read tourist trap.
Go see it $7 for steak sandwhich way too much, grab the coupon in the hotel magazine. You never know who you may bump into over there.
P.S. Don't forget to order in English
I just got back from France, and if they had a French-only policy in restaurants there, I would have been SOL. How is his stance heroic? How many people applauding it speak another language? I'm willing to bet - none.
Sure.. if your not a local, give it a shot. But they serve possibly the worst steak in Philly. I don't care about English signage, I care about steaks. And they ain't servin a good one. Try John's, or Johnny's Hots, or Minute Steak for that matter, all are superior. It's not only a steak shack, but its also a cop memorial and a Hummer parking lot.. Kinda tacky...
I'm a lifelong Philadelphian, and over the years have eaten more cheese steaks than I probably should have, including steaks from both Pat's and Geno's... by far, Geno's is THE BEST Philly Cheese Steak ever! The food is GOOD, the service FAST & FRIENDLY!
Also, Geno's owner Joe Vento has been a staunch supporter of the men and women of the Philadelphia Police & Fire Departments; Joe isn't afraid to put his money where his mouth is...
I saw you on Good Morning America and I was so glad to see that there are still people out there who haven't given in to the Politically Correct Police and aren't afraid to say what they believe!
My mother came here from Italy when she was only four years old. When she started school she didn't speak any English and the teachers didn't speak Itaian to accomodate her. She learned by immersion! It wasn't easy or fun, it was just necessary, and she did it. She didn't have an Italian accent and didn't speak broken English. That was for her parents, but at least they spoke English, and they became citizens, and pledged their allegiance to the United States of America. That's how you succeed in America!
There is nothing racist or discriminatory about anything you said or about his sign!
If I'm ever in Philly I'm coming to your place first!
Keep up the good work,
Linda in San Diego
Let's get down to brass tacks. Geno's is a place where you can a cheesesteak. You walk up to the counter, place your order (in english), get your steak, grab some peppers, sit down and eat and then go home. Joe Vento owns the place. He can do whatever he wants to. If you do not speak the language you obviously can't read this, so tough. Joe, keep the sign up. I'll be stopping by tonight for a wiz wit extra. I'll leave my politics at home, where they belong.
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