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Posted by Walter E on 07/07/2012
The bread was chewy, they hardly put any steak in the sandwich, and the cheese whiz was watered down. We heard about about the competition between Geno's and Pat's. We took the challenge and Pat's won. Was it just an off day for Geno's or are they just surviving on tourists taking the same challenge?
Posted by Lucy in Philly on 07/19/2011
my first trip to philly for the world's famous cheesesteak at Geno's was a let down! it was nothing more than bread with steak and very little cheese... dry and cold. this is not what imagined at all!! a total disappointment.
Posted by Bone53 on 03/11/2011
Just a regular cheesesteak. Not big enough, meat is average. Arrogant servers. Roll is not full size. Had better steaks in NJ.
Posted by Dick A on 08/08/2010
I was one of those tourists who had to have an "Original Philly Cheese Steak" from Geno's. The good news is that my wife did not come with me. She would have made a scene. It's a slab of beef with industrial grade cheese and onions, plus you fetch your own condiments. I've a Philly Cheese Steak at one of the major fast food chains and as mediocre as it was, it was far better than Grno's
Posted by South Philly dude on 09/06/2009
Listen, from a guy that lives 3 blocks from Genos, I have never heard any neighbor or friend or relative say they were going to Genos to pick up a steak. No one but tourists go there. Rude employees, and one of the worst cheese steaks in the city.
Posted by Vince Papale on 04/14/2008
For 30 years I wanted to go to Philly & find the best Cheese Steak. Finally making it there this spring, myself and a coworker decided to visit the 3 most popular haunts in walking distance from our hotel downtown. We decided to hike to Geno's and the other two big places. Geno's was first & we were so disappointed in the steak! It was dry - too much bread & it just had little flavor. The locals I asked told us & I must confirm that the price is way too much for what you get. I will say the meat was lean (& sliced), but I can get a better Philly in Denver, CO than at Geno's. My co-worker had the exact same impression. I admire Geno's for their publicity of cops' causes, but I got to wonder if that is more for their own publicity than for the cops. This has nothing to do with the taste test (as I had already had my steak), but it was offensive none the less. Geno's will give out free bumper stickers (1 per customer the sign says), espousing their latest publicity on ordering in English. I saw a fellow in front of me get 5-10 of them. So I asked for 1. The employee turned & asked an old guy (I think it was Joey), if he had any stickers to give out - pointing to me. I guess I didn't look South Philly enough, cause he said "nah, we're out." Very classy Joey! I'll just make sure that everyone knows my opinion of Geno's. Since I work in the travel industry, I'll make sure to tell folks where to steer clear in Philly.
Posted by phillychica on 01/25/2008
Being from Philly I know that Pat's and Geno's make their steaks the original way. But slabs and cheese whiz are not my idea of a good steak. Its a great place for tourist to come and try out an original but for taste and the way most Philadelphians eat a cheesesteak try a deli.