Since it was our first time in Philly, getting an authentic Philly Cheesesteak was my top priority! My cousin recommended we check out Geno’s Steaks which is a South Philly landmark since 1966.
Geno’s is nothing more than a walk up window, but it’s a colorful place to say the least. During our short visit, we saw a variety of tourists, locals, and biker dudes. We approached the window and were asked (not in the most pleasant way) what we wanted. There are three options for cheese – American, Cheese Whiz, and Provolone. He told us Whiz was the most popular, but American was the traditional. P and I decided to get one of each.
P ate the Cheesesteak with American, and though he liked it, he wasn’t blown away by it. He thought it wasn’t cheesy enough.
I got the Whiz and was pretty disappointed in all honesty. Sure it was a good cheesesteak, but it wasn’t out of this world (which is what I was expecting!). Maybe I should have gone with the American… The bread was good, it was probably the best part about it. I found the steak to be dry and not very tasty, and the Whiz was drippy and oozed out of my sandwich before I could even really eat it.
The freedom fries, though they had a cute name, were mediocre at best. They tasted like they had been thrown in a deep fryer from a frozen bag just a couple minutes earlier.
I am sad to say that my first Philly Cheesesteak was just not at all what I had expected. I’m definitely going to have to go back just to find a better one!
Rating: ♥ ♥ 1/2
Geno’s Steaks | www.genossteaks.com | 1219 South 9th Street, Philadelphia