Jim’s Steaks in Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia is home to many notable things, The Rocky Stairs, The Liberty Bell, and so many other historical places and things. One extremely notable thing is the Philly Cheesesteak. Visiting and not eating on is sinful and you honestly would be missing out! While many people would make certain suggestions to eat at Geno’s and other infamous spots, the place that you really need to go for a delicious cheesesteak is Jim’s Steaks and that is exactly where I headed!

Jim's Steaks in Philadelphia, PA www.hollydayz.com ©2016 HollyDayz

Of course a local told me Jim’s was the place to go. More specifically the gentlemen at the front desk of the Hilton hotel I stayed at. So of course before leaving Philly we had to get a cheesesteak. Philadelphia is pretty easy to navigate so it was very easy to find Jim’s Steaks. Parking was also fairly easy as well.

The line of people and the menu ©2016 HollyDayz
The line of people and the menu ©2016 HollyDayz

Upon walking in there was a small line that eventually grew. It wasn’t even the afternoon yet and a bunch of people where there getting cheesesteaks including us. We got on the line and let the gentleman know what exactly we wanted. I never realized till the night before that cheese wiz is what really makes a real good Philly cheese steak. Never realized otherwise.

Upstairs seating area ©2016 HollyDayz
Upstairs seating area ©2016 HollyDayz

I saw an old-fashioned looking cream soda and ordered that too. There wasn’t a ton of seating downstairs, but I spotted a sign saying there was more upstairs. There was a ton of sitting upstairs. Photos were adorned all over the walls up and downstairs. There were so many autographed photos on the walls. So many celebrities have eaten at Jim’s Steaks, I even saw Denzel Washington had eaten there as well.

Some of the many autographs and photos on the walls ©2016 HollyDayz
Some of the many autographs and photos on the walls ©2016 HollyDayz
More great autographs and photos ©2016 HollyDayz
More great autographs and photos ©2016 HollyDayz

The cheesesteak looked delicious and it was so good once I took a bite into it. I am not big on onions so I did light onions, but otherwise it was your typically Philly cheesesteak and very delicious. I almost wished I had another one, but I was pretty close to being very full. I enjoyed the atmosphere of Jim’s and people watching from the upstairs window while enjoying my meal.

Philly Cheesesteaks ©2016 HollyDayz
Philly Cheesesteaks ©2016 HollyDayz

Jim’s goes back to the 1930s when Jim and his wife Millie made cheesesteaks and sell them out of their front window at their home. It has grown into something amazing with 3 locations around Philadelphia. If for some reason you can’t get to Philly and you live in the continental United States then you can always have one sent to you, they do ship! They say no order is too large.

Front of the West Philly location ©2016 HollyDayz
Front of the West Philly location ©2016 HollyDayz

If you don’t want it shipped then t’s time to plan a trip! I highly recommend skipping those other places and going straight to Jim’s Steaks in Philadelphia, PA! You will not regret it!

64 thoughts on “Jim’s Steaks in Philadelphia, PA

  • May 6, 2016 at 9:15 pm
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    The next time we are in Philly we will check out Jim’s. Our favorite spots are Ishkabibble’s and Tony Luke’s. We’ll go anywhere for food.

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    • May 7, 2016 at 2:07 pm
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      I have heard about Ishkabibble”s recently. I will have to check them out and compare.

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      • May 12, 2016 at 10:12 pm
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        I heard about Ishkabibbles. I will have to try them. But I def enjoyed Jim’s.

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    • May 7, 2016 at 2:08 pm
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      It was very delicious

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  • May 6, 2016 at 11:59 pm
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    I love finding places like this to eat at when I travel. I haven’t been to Philly since 2000 and i am long over due for a visit

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    • May 7, 2016 at 2:18 pm
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      Yea I love good places to eat that are specific to a city.

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    • May 11, 2016 at 11:08 am
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      It was really good. I enjoyed it.

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  • May 7, 2016 at 9:34 am
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    I want to go to Philadelphia soon. There have been some great deals from my area but it was still cold at the time. I love cheesesteaks and will definitely add Jims to my list of places to try.

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    • May 11, 2016 at 11:10 am
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      Philly is great! There is so much there and you will enjoy it, including the food.

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  • May 7, 2016 at 12:56 pm
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    I love old fashioned cream soda too! This place sounds great — if I ever make it to Philadelphia, I’ll have to stop at Jim’s. I can’t believe the owners made these sandwiches and sold them out of their front window! What a crazy story.

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    • May 11, 2016 at 11:11 am
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      Oh awesome! I am not alone. I know right, great history of this place.

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  • May 7, 2016 at 2:19 pm
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    Love the old school diner vibe. A business that has been around for over 80 years is going to be good. I went to Philly as a kid, but I don’t think I had the sandwiches (I was probably too picky back then). Would love to try one now.

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    • May 11, 2016 at 11:12 am
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      I loved the atmosphere of the place. You should they are really good.

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    • May 11, 2016 at 11:21 am
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      Me too!

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  • May 7, 2016 at 6:56 pm
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    I’ve had hoagies and such in Philly but never from Jim’s. I’m not a fan of the cheese-steak but I like a chicken version. I’m headed to Philly next month, I will check it out.

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    • May 11, 2016 at 11:21 am
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      Awesome. Let me know if you go and what you order.

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    • May 11, 2016 at 11:23 am
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      haha that is a good thing. I hope you do, if not you know where to go one day.

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  • May 8, 2016 at 4:04 am
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    Philly cheesesteak you say? Never eaten such a thing, but it does look delicious. 🙂 I wish Australia had diners like this, they are so cool, love the old school vibe, just like in the movies.

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    • May 11, 2016 at 11:23 am
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      Yea it was really good. Hopefully you make it to the states sooner or later.

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  • May 8, 2016 at 7:26 am
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    It’s always a good sign when a place is full of people, especially locals. Looks like classic decor!

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    • May 11, 2016 at 11:24 am
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      Yea it is. It wasn’t even afternoon yet and there were a ton of people there.

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  • May 8, 2016 at 7:44 am
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    I wish we had more places like this is Atlanta! I love a good cheesesteak and that looked awesome. I’ll definitely keep this place in mind when I go to Philly. 🙂

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    • May 12, 2016 at 9:49 pm
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      It was delicious. This is what Philly is known for even when you find some good ones in other places, there is nothing like the home of.

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  • May 8, 2016 at 11:56 am
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    I have been to Philly several times and simply love Philly cheese steak. Philly is highly underrated in terms of it’s food culture among cities in the north east. Lovely write up , love the Americana vibe to the restaurant!

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    • May 12, 2016 at 9:50 pm
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      They are really good. I really like Philly more and more every time I have visited. Thank you.

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  • May 8, 2016 at 3:38 pm
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    I’ve never tried philly cheesesteak – not popular where I live, but I’ve heard about one place in the city where I can try it – after reading this post I’m definitely going to try!

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    • May 12, 2016 at 9:51 pm
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      Oh well hopefully you will get to soon. It is pretty good.

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  • May 8, 2016 at 10:49 pm
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    I’ve never tried a philly cheese steak myself but if I ever do I’ll definitely get it from Philly

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    • May 12, 2016 at 9:51 pm
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      Oh you must. They are so good!

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  • May 8, 2016 at 11:49 pm
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    I tell you, the primary thing I’m looking forward to when I get back stateside is EATING. I fully intend on gaining every single lb I lost right on back!

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    • May 12, 2016 at 9:52 pm
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      There is so many delicious things to eat lol. So I completely understand.

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    • May 12, 2016 at 9:53 pm
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      They are really good!

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    • May 12, 2016 at 9:54 pm
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      If you can visit, go. It is a great city! If not then have one shipped in the meantime.

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  • May 9, 2016 at 3:49 am
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    I’ve never tried a philly cheesesteak but I’ve heard they’re amazing, I’ll have to wait until I can get to the USA to give them a go!

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    • May 12, 2016 at 9:55 pm
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      They are really good! When you do get the USA def try one.

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  • May 9, 2016 at 11:50 am
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    I haven’t had a good cheesesteak in a while and now I’m craving in the worst way! Lol!! Looks so good!

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    • May 12, 2016 at 9:56 pm
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      It was really good. I hope you get one soon.

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  • May 9, 2016 at 12:47 pm
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    Welp now I’m hungry and craving cheese steak. Time to head to the store 🙂 thank for sharing

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    • May 12, 2016 at 9:56 pm
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      That is a great thing!

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  • May 9, 2016 at 3:23 pm
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    I visited Philly for the first time a few months ago and while I didn’t visit Jim’s, I definitely had a coupe cheese steaks. If I ever go back, I’ll have to check them out.

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    • May 12, 2016 at 9:57 pm
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      That is great. Jim’s was really good. I enjoyed it.

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  • May 9, 2016 at 4:23 pm
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    I never had a real philly cheesestake. Its on my mini bucketlist I bet this was delicious.

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    • May 12, 2016 at 9:58 pm
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      I hope it is at the top of the list. It was very delicious.

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  • May 9, 2016 at 7:08 pm
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    Believe it or not, I still haven’t tried a Philly Cheeseteak. Let alone on from Philly. Need to put that on my to do list.

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    • May 12, 2016 at 10:02 pm
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      Oh you must go. Great city with a lot of history and some good food.

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  • May 9, 2016 at 7:35 pm
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    I love hearing about new restaurants to eat at. If we are ever in that area, we will check it out!

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    • May 12, 2016 at 10:02 pm
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      Awesome. I believe you will enjoy.

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  • May 10, 2016 at 4:20 am
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    I have never had a Philly Cheese Steak sandwich before but it does look amazing. I love steak and I can only imagine how delicious it is covered in gooey cheese inside bread. Yum!

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    • May 12, 2016 at 10:07 pm
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      So very delicious. I hope you get one soon.

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    • May 12, 2016 at 10:08 pm
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      You should. I think you may enjoy it.

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  • May 10, 2016 at 4:25 pm
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    The food looks delish! The walls look like something I spend an afternoon looking at. I always love trying new places to eat.

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    • May 12, 2016 at 10:09 pm
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      It was very delicious. I love trying new places as well.

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  • May 12, 2016 at 3:30 am
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    The food looks so good! Is it bad that I want to go to Philly just to try out an authentic cheesesteak? Thanks for the info!

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    • May 12, 2016 at 10:11 pm
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      It really was. I enjoyed it a lot. Nope that isn’t bad at all. One of many great reasons to visit.

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  • May 15, 2016 at 4:37 am
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    What a minute, they ship? They are serious about their coins, haha! Too cool! We have Italian beef sandwiches here in Chicagoland. I’d like to see how the cheese steak sandwiches compare.

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    • May 19, 2016 at 9:57 pm
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      They sure do! Yea they are lol and sharing their good food with others who can’t make it them.

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