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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 Comments

  • Kimberly Smith

    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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    • Holly Dayz

      I have heard about Ishkabibble”s recently. I will have to check them out and compare.

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    • Chanel | Cultural Xplorer

      The first time I went to Philly I ate at Jim’s but once I was put on to Ishkabibbles, I keep going there! 😀

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      • Holly Dayz

        I heard about Ishkabibbles. I will have to try them. But I def enjoyed Jim’s.

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  • Gary

    That philly cheesesteak looks so delicious

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was very delicious

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  • Michelle Mink

    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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    • Holly Dayz

      Yea I love good places to eat that are specific to a city.

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  • Marlynn Jayme Schotland

    I was only in Philly for a few days but remember going to Jim’s Steaks. So fun and yummy!

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was really good. I enjoyed it.

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  • Tia

    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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    • Holly Dayz

      Philly is great! There is so much there and you will enjoy it, including the food.

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  • Holly

    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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    • Holly Dayz

      Oh awesome! I am not alone. I know right, great history of this place.

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  • Lara Dunning

    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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    • Holly Dayz

      I loved the atmosphere of the place. You should they are really good.

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  • Adelina // PackMeTo

    Sounds right up my alley! Love the history that comes with the yummy looking food too.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Me too!

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  • mimicutelips

    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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    • Holly Dayz

      Awesome. Let me know if you go and what you order.

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  • Rosemarie of Travel and Beyond

    This is making me salivate in front of my pc. I have yet to find a good cheese steak sandwich here, still hopeful!

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    • Holly Dayz

      haha that is a good thing. I hope you do, if not you know where to go one day.

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  • Anna @ shenANNAgans

    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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    • Holly Dayz

      Yea it was really good. Hopefully you make it to the states sooner or later.

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  • fivebeansfood

    It’s always a good sign when a place is full of people, especially locals. Looks like classic decor!

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    • Holly Dayz

      Yea it is. It wasn’t even afternoon yet and there were a ton of people there.

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  • Ariana

    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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    • Holly Dayz

      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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  • Prateek

    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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    • Holly Dayz

      They are really good. I really like Philly more and more every time I have visited. Thank you.

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  • amused0bserver

    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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    • Holly Dayz

      Oh well hopefully you will get to soon. It is pretty good.

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  • Kayvona

    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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    • Holly Dayz

      Oh you must. They are so good!

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  • Keisha

    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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    • Holly Dayz

      There is so many delicious things to eat lol. So I completely understand.

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  • Eileen | The Food Avenue

    My fiance loves philly cheesesteak! I wish we had something this amazing in Canberra.

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    • Holly Dayz

      They are really good!

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  • Miss Jamila

    I’ve never been to Philly, but I love the option to have one shipped.

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    • Holly Dayz

      If you can visit, go. It is a great city! If not then have one shipped in the meantime.

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  • Amanda @ Move Love Eat

    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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    • Holly Dayz

      They are really good! When you do get the USA def try one.

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  • Valerie Robinson

    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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    • Holly Dayz

      It was really good. I hope you get one soon.

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  • Sarah

    Welp now I’m hungry and craving cheese steak. Time to head to the store 🙂 thank for sharing

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    • Holly Dayz

      That is a great thing!

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  • T. Espi (@TheStyleMedic)

    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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    • Holly Dayz

      That is great. Jim’s was really good. I enjoyed it.

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  • Kiwi

    I never had a real philly cheesestake. Its on my mini bucketlist I bet this was delicious.

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    • Holly Dayz

      I hope it is at the top of the list. It was very delicious.

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  • staciesayzso

    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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    • Holly Dayz

      Oh you must go. Great city with a lot of history and some good food.

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  • Leigh Anne

    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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    • Holly Dayz

      Awesome. I believe you will enjoy.

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  • Joanna

    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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    • Holly Dayz

      So very delicious. I hope you get one soon.

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  • Vedante | The Lavish Nomad

    Definitely going to check this place out if I am ever in that area. Love cheesesteaks 😀

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    • Holly Dayz

      You should. I think you may enjoy it.

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  • xoxobellablog

    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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    • Holly Dayz

      It was very delicious. I love trying new places as well.

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  • ChryssVI

    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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    • Holly Dayz

      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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  • sheenatatum

    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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    • Holly Dayz

      They sure do! Yea they are lol and sharing their good food with others who can’t make it them.

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