Every Philadelphian has taken a side in the battle of best cheese steak, and loyalties usually ping-pong between Pat’s and Geno’s in South Philly. But true aficionados head to Jim’s, whose original West Philly outpost has been operating since 1939 in a narrow, no-frills space lined with a chipped counter and just a few stools. Fans line up for the “Wiz Wits,”(also spelled Whiz Wits) luscious chopped steak sandwiches piled with cheese and chopped onions on Amoroso rolls. Those who prefer to stay downtown head to the South Street location, which has a smart Art Deco look and the same terrific sandwiches^mdash;but even longer lines.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.