Jim's Steaks Philadelphia’s South Street Cheesesteak Tradition: South Street is one of Philadelphia’s most well known melting pots. Here, visitors and residents, teenagers and adults, preppies and punk rockers, artists and attorneys, all mix happily. The street is always buzzing, no matter if you visit on a Tuesday afternoon or a Friday night.
This diversity makes for an excellent customer base for Jim’s Steaks, South Street’s premier cheesesteak shop. The crowds can often mean an extra long wait before you actually get to taste one of Jim’s fine cheesesteak sandwiches, as the line at Jim’s often stretches out the front door and around the corner onto Fourth Street.
However, the unbelievable smell of the grill-cooked beef and sizzling onions will assure you that the steaks are worth waiting for and keep you patient and focused on the eventual reward.
Insider’s Tip - If you want to enjoy two famous South Street institutions at once, then you’re a candidate for the Lorenzo’s-Jim’s Challenge, also known as “South Street Sushi.” Marrying Lorenzo’s delicious pizza and Jim’s superb cheesesteaks, the “challenge” is not for the gastronomically timid.
Jim's Steaks History
In the 1930’s Jim and Millie served sandwiches out the front window of their West Philadelphia row home. In 1939 a Philadelphia tradition began when Jim turned his home at 431 N. 62nd Street into Jim’s Steak’s. They served cheesesteaks and his famous special Italian hoagie, milkshakes and other Philly specialties. In the early 1960’s Jim sold his business to William Proetto and his brother. In 1976, William Proetto and a partner expanded to 400 South Street. Since then its Art Deco style and family commitment to quality has made Jim¹s Steaks one of the most famous cheesesteaks restaurants in Philly. The Proetto family still operates the original location. In 1996 The Proetto family expanded Jim's Steaks once again, bringing it's award winning steaks and hoagies to Bustleton and Cottman Avenues at the Roosevelt Mall in Northeast Philadelphia. Jim's newest location opened in 1999 at 469 Baltimore Pike in Springfield, PA in the Stoney Creek Center, offering you their traditional menu along with the latest and greatest additions.
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