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Posted by Big Rich on 10/07/2011
First off, ya don't go to a place like Steve's for atmosphere or service. Ya go for the steaks. Which brings up the next point; stop saying "cheese steak." If you're talking about cheese steaks, just say "steaks." You sound like a tourist. The best time to go is mid-afternoon. If you go right when they open or early lunch, the grill has not yet properly "seasoned," acquiring that rich brown patina that imparts all of the flavor to the steak. A good steak should leave nice brown streaks in the cheese and on the onions. The meat is a nicely marbled rib-eye, sliced to be tender with just a hint of chew, thick enough to brown well without "stewing" on the grill. The onions are tender, not overly browned nor raw. Ideally they are just turning translucent and have streaks of brown from the grill. Next up is the roll. It's the number one thing that steak shops outside Philly get wrong, after chopped & formed meat. Rolls are delivered in cardboard trays and stashed in a drawer. It's never been in a tied plastic bag in its life and it's delivered fresh daily. Hence the roll is crusty on the outside and soft inside instead of spongy like a store-bought roll. While Whiz is traditional, I opt for American, it compliments the meat and my favorite toppings best. Provolone is a good choice for newbies; it's in slice form so less runny and makes the steak easier to consume for those not adept at channeling the meat and cheese avalanche into the mouth. I'm silently proud of myself on those occasions when I manage to wolf down 2 steaks without getting any on my shirt. Next, when you order, it's "cheese + topping." So you say "1 Whiz wit." The "wit" is "with onions" for the tourists. The exception is mushrooms and onions. In this case you state "American Mushrooms Onions." For some reason you don't say "American wit Mushrooms" probably because it would confuse folks, "did he mean 'with Mushrooms' or 'Wit, Mushrooms?'" All other comndimenst are available in big fish bowls at the counter. Don't block up the line asking questions or asking for pickels or peppers at the window. I wrote a poem for you tourists to remember..."Order, pay, get the F* out the way." Order drinks and sodas at the next window. Why? Hell if I know. It's just always been done that way at cheese steak places. You ain't gonna change it, so shut up, and remember my rhyme above. Get a chocolate soda and whiz fries if you want the full-on Steve's experience.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/25/2011
One of the best steaks in Philadelphia.
Posted by jillyfromphilly on 01/20/2011
In my opinion the best chessesteaks in the city (and thereby the planet) come from the prince of steaks. The hand-trimmed slab meat is so much better to me than the chopped up mess you get at a lot of other places and to me the melted american cheese is without rival. If you're not from the area you are going to think the people working here are rude but they are just used to doing things as quickly as possible since it can really get busy at times, besides all you need to say are two words; "american with!"
Posted by deadhead948 on 11/27/2010
The people at the window act like their doing you a favor by taking your order. Don't expect a thank you when you give this place your business. The food is expensive and not the best. I won't say they're the worst cheesesteaks but i know of better places not too far away from there. The place is not clean at all. The attitudes of the people working there and the prices are enough to keep me away. The one good thing about this place is if you spend the night drinking at the bar next door and stumble out the door at 2 a.m., Steve's is open and ready to cure your munchies. I imagine that's where the good reviews come from. I guess if i was trashed i'd eat at steve's but otherwise i'll pass it by.
Posted by Pear Belly on 01/30/2009
I was in Philly last week to P/U a truck and was bound and determined to finally eat a cheese steak. Was sent out to Levittown to P/U truck. Needed new batteries so I went to shop. Being behind schedule I told the shop guys that I guess I would never get downtown to Geno's or Pats. They all told me to save my time and not act like a tourist. 4 blocks down Lincoln Hwy was a Steve's Prince of Steaks. Took their advice and was I glad. Got steak wit onions and American and it was to die for. Place was not fancy or large , but who cares if they can cook like this? Plus I got to watch em' make it in front of me. Relearned a valuable lesson. Most of the places the "in" crowd says are the best turn out to be bogus. Like in Ft Worth where I live. Only sheep and tourists frequent Billy Bob's Honky Tonk, Angleo's BBQ, or Joe T Garcia's Mexican rip off. But all are always rated as the places you have to go. Let the locals steer you to good food and entertainment. And Steve's is a great place to get a cheese steak. Period.
Posted by Jon on 09/01/2008
Steve's is amazing... the food may be a little pricey but they tend to stack the sandwich with meat and they work fast... best steaks in Philly!
Posted by Philly Born & Raised on 04/27/2008
I was born and raised in Philly. To the person from VA, you wouldn't know good food if it bit you back. Steve's Prince of Steak's is Philly's BEST. The atmosphere is perfect for a late night snack, could maybe use outside seating. Me and my close group of friends have a lot of great memories of fun nights out that are always toped off at Steve's. The food is a bit pricey however, you get what you pay for. The service is great! the guys that work there a cool as sh*t. As for the over all food almost perfect. Only because nothing's perfect but Steve's comes close. My suggestion, Get a wiz wit with some ketchup, and some hotts.....and for the fries get the spicey fries with both cheeses. Thats how every night out drinking night end's for me!