In puerto Rico this bread is known only to the neighborhood in which the makers operated. When told to come to the US they imported from puerto Rico the dough. Daily flights helped them keep up with the demand. The bread is "sobado" meaning that it is smooth and fresh with a thin crust covering a delicious inside. You don't have to struggle to get to the real flavorfull bread. It holds together and does not fall apart, It is not hard like Sarcones and its not flacky like South Phial Italian bread, It stays moist and does not dry up in half hour. When you bite into a sandwich made with this bread it does not flack all over your clothers, and does not turn into a wet rag like the bread used in Ginos hoagies. I loved the bread . It is now made here. If you love your bread, I recomend you try it and while you are there, look up the delicious pastry.
The hackneyed term, tourist trap, definitely does not apply to Pat's. Pat's is the original and still the best. Pat's uses the finest possible cut of beef for the price, grills it to sizzling perfection, shoves it into a mouthwatering roll, and tops it with tasty cheeses. Yeah, the store is run down and the servers are rude, but this is South Philly, after all. Pat's prices are no higher than the competition's. That makes Pat's steaks a bargain because they taste far better yet cost about the same. The fries are merely average in flavor quality. Pat's fish cakes are surprisingly delicious and fresh tasting, especially considering that they are frozen. You might also like the spicy roast pork and the Chicago-style hot dogs. As expected in this hood, sodas are way overpriced.
I went here because I was intrigued that they actually had a vegan cheese option so that even the dairy allergic could have a Cheese steak. I spent just under $20 (cash only, ATM inside) on two sandwiches, a club and a cheese steak with The Works. I didn't buy any drinks and they were out of soft pretzels. I looked around for condiments but the line was very long and the register girl was busy, so I didn't bother to ask. The service was courteous overall and we got our food quickly. Like other reviews say, there is nothing super special about the sandwiches. There ARE vegan options which is awesome if you need that. The casual atmosphere is good for families, but I will say when we were there this evening, in mid July, it was CRAZY SWEATY HOT inside!