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).
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
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
My brother and I ran up the steps while BC and Mom waited at the bottom. Pretty 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.
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.
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:
Mom was really impressed with the mural across the street from Pat’s. She tells me that all these stars came from Philly.
Question of the day: Where is your favorite Philly cheesesteak locale?