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THIS IS HOW IT'S DONE! In the summer of 1976, my father and a business partner opened Jim's Steaks South St., Bringing a unique art-deco storefront and an even more distinctive cheesesteak to a neighborhood in the midst of a renaissance. Few would have predicted that over the course of nearly four decades the shop would become one of the most celebrated restaurants in Philadelphia. You'll find us on what's known as the "Hippest Street in Town," serving up the finest cheesesteaks and hoagies from the heart of the city that made them famous. Five-time winner of Philadelphia Magazine's "Best of Philly" award and Zagat rated, Jim's is your 'must-have' cheesesteak when only the BEST will do. With well over 200 years of cheesesteak-making knowhow, our staff will make you glad you stopped in each and every time you visit. Whether you're a Philly native or a conventioneer, touring the city's incredible history and museums or just passing through, you'll know you're getting the real Philly cheesesteak experience when you walk through our door. Ask anyone who has tasted our sandwiches! We can't wait to show you how it's done. Our best, Ken Silver Second Generation Proprietor Jim's Steaks South St.
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Center City, Center City East

Jim's South Street

Jim's Steaks South St

Jim's South St.

Fast Food Restaurants, American Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Caterers, Restaurants, Sandwich Shops
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Cuisines: Caterers, American, Sandwiches, Fast Food, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch

Wi-Fi: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Parking: Street

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Below Average

Pets Allowed: No


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The Best!!!!

The Best Cheesesteaks in Philly!!!! Nuff Said!!!! I dont go anywhere for a cheesesteak when im in philly!!! Period!!!



Great Cheesesteak

They are way better then Genos even on their worst day.U mite have to wait around the corner n a line for a steak but its worth it trust me!!IM FROM PHILLY n its in the top 3 in cheesesteaks period.



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She ain't what she used to be

I could swear the steaks at Jim's used to be sliced fresh on a slicer and then grilled without chopping the meat much at all. Now it is so finely chopped it might as well be hamburger meat and I don't think it is sliced fresh for each order either.
I would say the steaks were average. They leave the back door open also with plastic strip hanging in the doorway. Wonder how many unwanted visitors of the non-human kind might find their way in that way?
I don't get the crowds waiting for a mediocre steak.



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Best Cheesesteaks PERIOD!

I have tried Pat's and Geno's, and let me tell you...they are JUNK compared to Jim's!!!

Even with the traffic of South Street and hunt for a parking spot do not stop us from going to Jim's. Pat's and Geno's could be offering free steaks, we would STILL go to Jim's.

If you haven't already had a Jim's...well what are you waiting for????



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They type of cheeswit that melts

soo good. I sampled several in philly. they all have their uniqueness This one is in the top 3. NO SMALL FEAT!



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Authentic steaks right here....

Great place to grab a steak sandwich....when any of my friends are in from out of town this is where we go hands down. Sometimes you will be waiting in line, but that is to be expected....its worth the wait, trust me! This place lives up to the hype, check it out.



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I just got into Philly while on business, I stayed at the Omni, had a beer at the bar and asked the bartender how far Pat & Genos were from the hotel, with a look of disgust on his face, he said it was in south philly and was a decent drive. He then said that they were over hyped , over rated and I must go to Jim's, several patrons at the bar chimed in and said JIMS STEAKS! you have to try em

So I walked the 6 block in the snow and found Jims. The line was short but it was only about 6 on friday and it is lcated in a bar type neighborhood. I thought the guys behind the counter were friend and damn fast, I tipped a couple buck and the guy who took the money behind the counter genuinely appreciated it, i am guessing the constant flow of 20 somethings don't tip.

I had mine with whiz and onions and had a beer ($2.90 for a beer!)
the roll was hot and fresh, the steak was tender and moist , the onions and whiz set it off. it was delicious and certainly a great philly experience.
When I left I said , Thanks guys! they ALL yelled back Thanks!



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Best Around

After reading the bad reviews on this site, I knew I had to say my piece.

These are the best cheesesteaks in Philly. They also have another location in Northeast Philly which is much bigger.

Anyway, they are simply amazing. Anyone who says differently doesn't know what a true cheesesteak should taste like (especially those out-of-towners)! Trust me, if you want a real cheesesteak and some delicious cheese fries to go with it, go to Jim's Steaks. You won't regret it!



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Good Steaks

Went to Jim's yesterday and it was goooood. Upstairs seating was a plus.

People complaining about rude employees are right but doesn't that go along with the whole experience? Fast greasy food with ""throw it at ya"" service.

I'm a New Yorker so I guess you could say I get the joke. Suburbanites and country folk, try not to take it personally. Laugh when a rude employee insults you, like I did and you'll have a good time and a good steak.



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This place was awful

When I visited Philadelphia today my friend said you must go to Jim's Steaks. I was amazed when I saw the long lines and smelled the aroma of the cooking. I have eaten cheesesteaks all my life so I feel I know a good one from a bad one. Jim's Steak unfortunately was a bad one. First it arrived with little meat.The cheesesteak was completely tasteless and so bland that I had to eat it together with potato chips just to get the taste of salt to possibly blend with this tasteless sandwich. In addition the staff were placing tomatoes in containers without any gloves.In fact I observed staff eating food with their fingers as they served customers. Not the most sanitary place.It is one thing if you come here just because you see the long lines but if you are a repeat customer and really feel this place is any good.....then you have to wonder are your taste buds awake or asleep.The whole experience has made me want to be a vegetarian.



The very best in Philadelphia!

I'm not supposed to eat red meat so don't tell my girlfriend. After a Phils game, Jims. Whenever I'm on South Street, Jims. For the life of me I can't understand why people even COMPARE these steaks to Pat's or Gino's. Tourists and drunks: keep going to Pat's and Gino's we're better off w/ out you ruining an exquisite Philly Cheese Steak. Number one in Phila. Provolone Steak with onions and a can of coke. ALSO, Try Philly's second best: Larry's (especially if you like waiting in line). This is Philadelphia, that's what you do... you wait.



go eat at jims

not exactly the best cheesesteak but was good staff was nice to me and the line was long couldn't believe how many people loved cheeseseaks fixed in front of you and the dinning is up stairs so be prepared to walk steps with food in hand. not alot of seats but over all experience ok. alot of faces of famous people on the wall if you have a philadelphia pass you get your beverage free.



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I was visiting from LA and hadn't been in Philly for awhile and much to my surprise I've ordered cheesesteaks in California that were 10 times better than this. The workers were all rude, didn't put enough cheese whiz on my steak and charged me out the ***. If you're visiting Philly, do Pat's or Geno's, but stay away from this dump.



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Rude Service, Moody Employees

The service at this dump is downright rude and indifferent. The lazy employees have an attitude problem and don't care about friendly service with a smile.

Save your money and go somewhere else that appreciates your business.



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Pat's or Geno's? Nope - Jim's!

Think the best steak & cheese in Philadelphia can be found at either Pat's or Geno's? Wrong! It's at Jim's!



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Best cheese steak in philly

It's all in the cheese wiz!!!
Although it's crowded, once you're inside there's space to sit down.



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Great Cheesesteak!

Tourists to Philadelphia - Do what the locals do. We locals know that Pat's and Geno's are two tourist traps living off of their prior reputations. If you want to have a great cheesesteak, you don't have to go any farhter than Center City. Jim's Steaks offers the best! Forget the cheese whiz (which I always said was simply disgusting) - go for the provolone. You might experience a long wait - that should tell you something positive is about to be served to you.



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Eat at Jim's, nuff said

Best meat + best buns + best technique = Jim's. If you want to look like a total douche, get the Cheese Whiz which the other places prefer because they're too lazy. Stick with the American.



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Yo, gimme a 'steak with cheese and I'd like a beer with it. Any place to sit here?

I've long held that the only place to get a good Philadelphia cheesesteak is in Philly itself. For some reason you just can't get one of these elsewhere. Jim's has the reputation and you won't be disappointed. Having said that, seating is very limited and there are people who will line up well outside the door to get their hands (and mouth) on one of their 'steaks. I like cheesesteaks. I've eaten cheesteaks. Cheesesteaks are a friend of my stomach. But... I'd never wait more than 10 minutes to get one and that includes Jim's. But, if you have to go to the place, I guess you have to do what you have to do. There's very little seating, the cooks are Northeast fast and rude so be ready for that if you're from Kansas sports fans. Otherwise, get ready for a great Philadelphia cheesesteak!