Best Philly Cheesesteaks and The Rocky Steps Philadelphia

The day after Christmas my family decided to forgo our usual shop-the-sales routine and head to Philadelphia for a daytrip.  My grandmother was born and raised in Philadelphia before moving to Iowa (she married an Iowan).

Philadelphia Museum of Art Rocky Steps Philadelphia

I have been to Philly before for a weekend trip as an adult and once as a tiny kid to visit my great-grandmother.  My brother had never been to Philly (he was really young when my sister and I visited my great-grandmother) so he picked the locale for  our after-Christmas trip

Philadelphia Museum of Art Statue

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is the backdrop for one of the most famous workout scenes in cinematic history- Rocky running up the steps from the movie Rocky.

Rocky Steps Philadelphia

Fun fact: Rocky ran up the steps to “Gonna Fly Now” not “Eye of the Tiger”. I still played “Eye of the Tiger” on my iPhone as we drove up to the Museum

Rocky Steps Philadelphia Me

My brother and I ran up the steps while BC and Mom waited at the bottom.  Pretty Philadelphia:

Rocky Steps Philadelphia Museum of Art Philadelphia

The statue in front of the Museum off to the side of the Rocky steps is a great place for a nerdy family photo.

Rocky Statue at Rocky Steps Philadelphia

After our Rocky steps Philadelphia encounter we went to lunch at the famous cheesesteak duo- Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks.

Pats Cheesesteaks Philadelphia

They are located across the street from one another at 9th and Passyunk in a working class neighborhood of Philadelphia. On past trips I have preferred Pat’s to Geno’s.  BC and I were trying to give Mom and Michael the best cheesesteak experience so I ordered two cheesesteaks (whiz with onion) from Geno’s and BC ordered two of the same from Pat’s.

Genos Philly Cheesesteaks Philadelphia

We split all the steaks in half so each person got a half from each place.  Today’s taste test ended up with split results.  BC still prefers Pat’s.  Michael and Mom preferred Geno’s and I was leaning more towards Geno’s.  The bread from Geno’s is much better but the meat from Pat’s is the winner. Geno’s had more Whiz and better onions that Pat’s.  Today Geno’s was the winner.

Geno’s cheesesteak is on the left, Pat’s on the right:

Genos Pats Philly Cheesesteaks

Mom was really impressed with the mural across the street from Pat’s.  She tells me that all these stars came from Philly.

Philadelphia Famous Faces Mural

Question of the day: Where is your favorite Philly cheesesteak locale?

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2 Responses

  1. Mariah says:

    Am I fired if I say my favorite place for a Philly cheesesteak is Magerks? I’ve had them in Philly. I just really like the Magerks ones!

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