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Cheesesteak Review #41: Geno’s Steaks of Philadelphia

2.0 out of 5 stars

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My next cheesesteak review for Geno’s Steaks ties in closely to my last review of Pat’s King of Steak.  For those of you who aren’t aware, both locations with Philadelphia are within a few yards of each other.  However there is a world of difference in quality between both establishments.  Typically you’ll have your locals who live and die by one place and wouldn’t be caught dead ordering from the other.  For the most part they are very similar in everything else from the menu to the way in which you place your order to the price to the hours of operation (open 24/7 every day of the year except major holidays).  Geno’s Steaks was covered heavily both locally and nationally in 2006 when a sign that said: “This Is AMERICA: WHEN ORDERING Please ‘SPEAK ENGLISH'” was posted on one of their windows.  I won’t get into the controversy any further, but this is America and the owner had the right to post what he did, but I am not saying that I agree with it.  Like every other review to this day, I tried a cheesesteak with provolone and fried onions.

Bread-The bread was pretty bad.  It was hard and tough to chew, and it almost seemed like it was stale.  I tried the cheesesteak early in the day so it’s not like the bread should have been laying around all day but who knows.  The taste wasn’t horrible and I am sure that if the bread was fresh I would have enjoyed it quite a bit.

Cheese-There was nothing special about the cheese.  It was pretty average.  It was melted throughout the sandwich so that is a plus, but I can’t think of anything else to say about it.

Meat-The meat they they used had to be the most bland tasting meat I have ever eaten in my life.  It didn’t even taste like it was seasoned with salt or pepper or anything else for that matter.  It was also cooked too much and it was very tough to chew and dry.  Include the fact that they use huge pieces of meat as compared to small diced up pieces and there wasn’t a single thing about the meat that I enjoyed.  The worst part about the meat was that as I was eating it  I was tearing the meat apart with my teeth with each bite I took.  I didn’t get one clean bite of the sandwich.  I am just happy that I didn’t have to deal with any burnt pieces or any fat or gristle.  I almost expected I would after my first few bites.

Amount-Compared to their competition, the size of this cheesesteak was pitiful.  I don’t even know if the roll they used was 10 inches.  There was barely any meat, and the amount of cheese was not as plentiful as I would have liked.  The only ingredient they got right was the fried onion.  The sandwich had the perfect amount of fried onions, but let’s face it, I am not eating a cheesesteak for the fried onions.  I am more interested in the meat and the cheese.  I look at bread next then lastly I care about the fried onions.

Fried Onions-The best part of this sandwich was the fried onions.  They had the perfect amount, and in my opinion they were fried to the perfect texture, which is not to raw and not to crispy.  The onions were mixed throughout the entire sandwich, which makes the fried onions the only redeeming factor of this cheesesteak.

Flat out, the cheesesteak from Geno’s Steaks was horrible.  Compared to Pat’s King of Steaks they have nothing good to offer in a cheesesteak.  It blows my mind how different both establishments are in quality considering they are right next to each other.  Anyway I would never recommend Geno’s Steaks to anyone after this last trip.  So for the cheesesteak battle that takes place at 9th and Passyunk within Philadelphia, Pat’s King of Steaks wins by a landslide.

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