How to Order a Philly Cheesesteak

This blog will help you understand exactly how to order a cheesesteak. If you are new to the Philly area or planning a visit to Geno’s, we are more than happy to help you order a cheesesteak.

What an exciting time to be a Philly sports fan! With the City of Brotherly Love still riding high off of the Eagles first-ever Super Bowl championship and Villanova’s national title run, Philadelphia is gearing up for another round of exciting sports action now that the Sixers and Flyers have both clinched playoff berths in their respective leagues.

South Philly is buzzing with competitiveness and with that excitement and the thrill of victory comes an outpouring of Philly faithful who take to the Sports Complex to cheer on their favorite teams.

There’s nothing quite like a South Philly tailgate filled with loyal fans singing “Fly Eagles Fly” or chanting “Let’s Go Flyers!” And with Sixers standouts Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons stealing the show in the NBA as of late, joining the ranks of local icons such as Carson Wentz (Eagles), Claude Giroux (Flyers), and Rhys Hoskins (Phillies), the star power in Philadelphia sports has never felt so abundant.

A sports town with this much passion and pride deserves the very best. That’s why when it comes to your pregame or postgame meal there’s only one choice if you’re looking to enjoy the best cheesesteak in Philly—Geno’s Steaks on South 9th Street at the intersection of 9th and Passyunk Avenue.

Geno’s Steaks truly has the best cheesesteaks in Philadelphia, but in order to get one, you’ll have to know how to order a Philly cheesesteak the right way.

Like other cities and cultures, Philly has its own traditions and vocabulary. But if you’re not brushed up on your Philadelphia lingo, you might find yourself a bit confused when you hear how customers order at the Geno’s Steaks counter.

For those who are unaware, there’s a right way and wrong way to order a Philly cheesesteak. Geno’s Steaks prefers it be done the right way. If you’re looking to order a cheesesteak from Geno’s, there are two parts of the order you’ll want to keep in mind so that you can say what you want the proper way.

The first part is the cheese. After all, what’s a cheesesteak without cheese? Geno’s Steaks offers Whiz, American, and Provolone as its cheese options for cheesesteaks. The second part of your order has to do with onions, a staple of the Philly cheesesteak. But onions aren’t for everyone, so you’ll have to decide if you want them on your cheesesteak before approaching the order window.

Combining your cheese choice with your onion preference, your order should sound something like this: “Could I please have a ‘whiz with’ (meaning cheese whiz with onions).” If you don’t want onions, you can simply say, ‘whiz without.’ Your other options are ‘American with (without)’ or ‘Provolone with (without).’

Now that you know how to order a Philly cheesesteak like a real Philadelphian, you’re ready to have a meal worthy of this extremely exciting time in Philadelphia sports. So what are you waiting for? Head to 9th and Passyunk today and get the best cheesesteak in South Philly.