Jim's Steaks

Sandwich Place$$$$
Center City East, Philadelphia
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  • Moses S.
    "... the major ones (Pat's, Geno's, Tony Luke's, Jim's)"(21 Tips)
    Louis B.
    "It's the best cheesesteak in Philly, but only if you get extra whiz."(12 Tips)
    John W.
    "Try the Cheesesteak Wiz Wit Onions - Dark Lord of the Cheesesteak"(8 Tips)
    travel42
    "One of the best places to have a Philly cheesesteak."(21 Tips)
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  • Noah @Noah_Xifr X.
    Noah @Noah_Xifr XifrJanuary 30, 2013
    Pass on the usual Geno's vs Pat's rivalry. Jim's Steaks cheesesteak is cheeeeezy good. I bet you can make at leaat 1 disappear. Don't miss the onions & peppers. #foodart
  • Mrfantastic8000
    You can never go wrong with a good steak from Jim's! Line moves fairly fast. Eat upstairs as the space up there is surprisingly decent. Get the Cheese Steak with American Cheese, mayo and onions! Yum!
  • Kristen S.
    Kristen SweeneyFebruary 16, 2013
    Ignore people telling you to try Pat's and Geno's. Jim's is the best cheesesteak in town! Get a whiz-wit for a traditional taste experience. Don't worry, there's more seating upstairs!
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereAugust 7, 2014
    Come here at breakfast or before 11am to avoid the long lines at this cheesesteak institution! Order the cheesesteak with Whiz and grilled onions - "wiz wit!"
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BJuly 5, 2015
    Get the classic steak with onions, wiz and a little ketchup. Can't be beat anywhere in the city.
  • Ashley C.
    Don't fall for the Pat's and Geno's tourist trap. Get the best cheesesteaks in Philly here at Jim's. The biggest draw is the extremely tender and well-seasoned beef. Lines can snake out the door.
  • Carly P.
    Carly PogachefskySeptember 9, 2012
    I love Jim's and think they have the best cheese steaks in Philly. Unfortunately when I was there last Friday, I saw multiple mice running through the upstairs eating area and was very disturbed.
  • Fallon D.
    Fallon DoddsMay 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best customer service ever. Always super pleasant. One of the guys even took time from his break to walk me to a cigarette shop. You've made a customer for life with that kind act.
  • Dara J.
    Dara JoOctober 10, 2016
    Cheese steak with extra whiz and onions.. Ask for the jalapeños on the side! Worth the wait.. Expect it to be a messy eat!
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerrayMarch 4, 2013
    Forget Pats and Genos. Jims is life. Eat one half of your cheesesteak over the other half so the grease doesnt get lost because that stuff is pure concentrated flavor! Get a Yuengling too!
  • Chelsea L.
    Chelsea LewFebruary 20, 2015
    The line is worth the wait. Cash only. Bring a slice of pizza and wrap your cheese steak in it for a unique Philly experience. THEY HAVE VEGETARIAN OPTIONS. <3
  • Keisha G.
    It was my first official Philly Cheesesteak & I enjoyed the experience. The food was pretty good but be prepared to pay extra for everything. Mushrooms, tomato, lettuce etc. The cook was really nice.
  • NBC Philadelphia
    NBC PhiladelphiaAugust 14, 2011
    One of Philly's most popular local cheesesteak joints gives you the opportunity to try "South Street Sushi" - a Jim's steak rolled into a slice of neighboring Lorenzo's pizza. Hold the onions... Read more
  • Foodiespr
    FoodiesprNovember 7, 2016
    US Prime Beef Black Angus! Got the one with American Cheddar but originally it's with the Whiz! Was very good!
  • Christopher M.
    According to the locals, JIM'S is the place to go over Gino's or Pat's. This was the best damn cheesesteak I've ever tasted. "ONE WHIZ WIT"
  • travel42
    travel42September 19, 2011
    One of the best places to have a Philly cheesesteak. The "cheese" that comes on the sandwich is actually Cheez Whiz, so if you want American or provolone, let them know!
    Upvoted May 10
  • Justin O.
    Justin OrdovezaOctober 17, 2014
    The cheesesteak is meaty and great with the onions, you can get some extra spice to complement it.
  • Ally F.
    Ally FantonApril 21, 2013
    This was my first and new favorite Philly cheesesteak at Jim's! Try it with whiz and onions, it's classic. Plus Peter, Paul, and Mary loved it. Too cool :)
  • Stoupons
    StouponsFebruary 26, 2012
    We're only picking ONE cheesesteak place...and it tis Jim's. Yes you'll get your "I went to Philly" cheesesteak, but it also has some great seating and eye candy on the walls when it's not packed.
  • Studense ..
    Studense .comFebruary 26, 2012
    We're only picking ONE cheesesteak place...and it tis Jim's. Yes you'll get your "I went to Philly" cheesesteak, but it also has some great seating and eye candy on the walls when it's not packed.
  • Jesse A.
    Jesse AngelinoJanuary 15, 2015
    Well,I have sampled the big 3 Philly joints in the city and I gotta tell ya,This place is #1.Authentic Cheesesteaks served promptly for standard price.The Philly may not have started here but it--
  • Nina P.
    Nina PaparattoDecember 31, 2015
    Next time I'll ask for extra whiz. Only cheesesteak I've had in philly and it was worth it!
  • April
    AprilSeptember 20, 2012
    Only 10 minutes in line. Great food and even something for us vegetarians on the menu! Worth the 6 block walk from Independence Hall.
  • Cheryl O.
    Cheryl OppenheimDecember 9, 2016
    I'm not sure why people like this place. I thought the cheesesteak was chopped hamburger and the dining experience was lackluster overall. My fav is still Tony Luke's above all.
  • Endless Simmer
    Endless SimmerFebruary 23, 2012
    The Philly taco: Cover your cheesesteak with fries, and the accompanying cheese, then wrap the whole thing, taco-style, in the slice of pizza. Consume. Read more
  • Duhdonutman
    DuhdonutmanMay 9, 2015
    Jim's has better bread than Geno's or Pat's. Also if you opt for provolone they "scientifically" put the cheese and steak on the bread to ensure proper meltitude.
  • Ronnie
    RonnieDecember 13, 2014
    Had the traditional cheese steak and it was really good! Highly recommend!
  • Kieu Trang H.
    Kieu Trang HApril 8, 2013
    Worth the wait, definitely try it with the wiz. Not just tourist eating there, there are also a lot of natives there too.
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HaftelDecember 27, 2014
    Not sure if my tastes have changed or Jim's has gone downhill. The steak was dry and under seasoned. The bread and peppers were still good. Plenty of good memories here, so I'll still come back.
  • Mon A.
    Mon AbagatAugust 28, 2012
    Get the cheese steak provolone and then add some cheez whiz on top for an additional 75 cents. Best of both worlds!
  • Social News Network
    Social News NetworkNovember 27, 2013
    If you make it to the hot mess that is South Street in Philly, be sure to try this hidden gem in the cheesesteak game; Jims on South.
  • Iulia O.
    Iulia OpreaOctober 1, 2015
    Best cheesesteak in Philly. Prepare to stay in line to order and then to stay in another line if you want to dine in.
  • Morgan G.
    Morgan GatesSeptember 24, 2013
    Overheard them mocking us for asking for extra wiz after they made the sandwiches. I would've laughed with you if it was to my face instead of "quietly" to a coworker. Pretty tasty though so whatever.
  • Erika A.
    Erika ArreaSeptember 25, 2016
    Classic cheese steak with provolone and hot and sweet chillies on the side! Beer and check! Walk around!
  • David R.
    David RosenbloomNovember 24, 2014
    Top 5 cheesesteak joint. Super touristy but awesome nonetheless. Canned whiz is the way to go.
  • Michael Z.
    Michael ZhangJuly 16, 2013
    Can't go wrong with cheesesteak, whiz, and onions. Swap out whiz for provolone if you're feeling fancy.
  • Rex L.
    Rex LightningAugust 23, 2013
    Provolone and American cheeses, onions, mushrooms and peppers. Def. the best cheesesteak in Philly. #Hercules
  • John A.
    John AndersonSeptember 11, 2011
    Jim's is ABSOLUTELY my favorite cheesesteak place around. However, I miss those days (not too long ago) when it cost just over $5 for a "whiz without." Expect to pay $7.85 for one today.
  • Courtney M.
    Courtney McGawJune 19, 2014
    Great place! We had the Cheese Steak and it was AMAZING! Definitely a MUST to go visit.
  • SportsandFood.com
    SportsandFood.comFebruary 1, 2011
    Great spot for a classic Philly Cheesesteak. Tons of famous autographs line the walls here. The grill cook was hilarious and extremely nice.
  • jasmine j.
    jasmine jeffersonDecember 31, 2015
    The cheese steak is amazing ! Enjoyed myself like no other! Truly worth the wait and time :)
  • BxMimi72
    BxMimi72April 18, 2016
    The sandwiches are great!! However, with the amount of $$ they make, they can add more seating and better chairs :-(
  • Matthew V.
    Matthew VeaseyOctober 24, 2012
    You're on South Street, and you don't feel like driving the short hop to Geno's or Pat's? This place isn't bad. Not great, but they're better than anything you'll ever get outside of Philly
  • Elizabeth M.
    Elizabeth McKeeJuly 16, 2016
    Yummy cheesesteaks. Bring cash! They don't take credit cards.
  • Chrissy N.
    Chrissy NickelNovember 30, 2014
    Know your order and keep the line moving. Good cheesesteaks, and plenty of seating upstairs
  • josephine h.
    josephine huangMay 12, 2014
    The best Philly cheesesteak. Get it with the Whiz!
  • Lore B.
    Lore BenaventFebruary 26, 2016
    The autentic philly cheesteak. Adition of onions and mushrooms is a plus.
  • Cole B.
    Cole BraceyJuly 21, 2013
    If you visit Philadelphia, you must try Jim's!! So good!! It a real Cheesesteak joint!!
  • Kirk L.
    Kirk LundmarkMay 3, 2016
    Beer in a bottle, I really liked the St. Pauli Girl. I've had better tasting unseasoned ground beef on tortillas at home.
  • Meg J.
    Meg JarrellJune 28, 2011
    Cash only, so be ready. There is an ATM around the corner. Great food and fabulous neighborhood, but they need to clean off the tables upstairs.
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