Cheese Steak Shops: One of many places billed as Philly's "Best," Geno's certainly has its fair share of devotees on the south side of town. Begun in 1966 by fella named Joe Vento, this 24/7, take-out-only joint has the art of serving cheesesteaks down to a science. That is to say, at the first window, order your sandwich. Without prompting, indicate American, provolone or Cheese Whiz and whether or not you want onions. Pay, pick up your order, and move down to the next window for a drink. And just in case you're curious, you really shouldn't leave town without trying the Cheese Whiz variety.
Local Expert Sharon Rigney Says:
Cheese Steak Shops: "Many joke that the staff here is gruff with patrons, but watch how others order and have fun with speaking like a Philadelphian when up at the window."
Best for Cheese Steak Shops Because: Those eating cheesesteaks in Philadelphia at least know the name of this eatery, and it deserves a mention in any such list.
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