Jim's Steaks

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Jim's Steaks
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Jim's Steaks
Restaurant information
Established1939; 80 years ago (1939)
Owner(s)Proetto family (two locations); Silver family (South Street location)
Food typeNorth American cuisine
Postal/ZIP Code19147
CountryUnited States
WebsiteJim's Steaks Official Website; Jim's South Street Website
A Philly cheesesteak sandwich from Jim's Steaks

Jim's Steaks is a Philadelphia restaurant specializing in cheesesteaks, founded in 1939.[1][2][3][4]


In the 1930s, "Jim and Millie" offered sandwiches from their house in West Philadelphia. In 1939, they converted the house into "Jim's Steak's" [sic] location. William Proetto and his brother bought that location in the early 1960s. In 1976, Proetto and Abner Silver opened a location on South Street.[5]

Today, the Proetto family owns two Jim's locations.[4][1] Silver's family owns the South Street location.[6][7] The Proetto family owned an additional location in Northeast Philadelphia until it was shut down in July 2017 due to health code violations.[8]


In 2016, NJ.com searched the web and named Jim's Steaks one of 10 Philadelphia cheesesteak shops that are worth a visit.[9] Jim's was selected based on winning a series of polls of the readers of the Philadelphia Business Journal, winning "Cheesesteak Madness".[10]

In 2014, while in town for the opening of Ride Along, Kevin Hart and Ice Cube gave away cheesesteaks at Jim's South Street location.[11]

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  1. ^ a b Birch, T. (2015). Discovering Vintage Philadelphia: A Guide to the City's Timeless Shops, Bars, Delis & More. Discovering Vintage. Globe Pequot Press. p. 51. ISBN 978-1-4930-1400-2. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  2. ^ R. W. Apple Jr. (28 May 2003). "A TASTE OF PHILADELPHIA; In Hoagieland, They Accept No Substitutes". New York Times. Retrieved 2016-03-13.
  3. ^ "AFTER A DECADE, AN ADVENTURE IN DINING OUT; THE CHEESE STEAK: AN ORIGINAL". New York Times. 21 May 1986. Retrieved 2016-03-13.
  4. ^ a b Gavin, K. (2017). Moon Philadelphia: Including Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Travel Guide. Avalon Publishing. p. pt150. ISBN 978-1-63121-413-4. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  5. ^ Gallagher, Christina. "First a death, then a 32G heist, plague Jim's Steaks". philly.com.
  6. ^ "Jim's Steaks". Jim's Steaks Official Website. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
  7. ^ Stamm, Dan (2015-01-16). "South Street Cheesesteak Legend Dies". NBC Philadelphia. Retrieved 2015-06-03.
  8. ^ Mondon, Marielle (2017-07-07). "Cheesesteak shop in Northeast Philly closed for 20 health code violations". Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  9. ^ O'Neill, Erin (2016-03-24). "10 Philly cheesesteaks worth crossing the bridge for". NJ.com. Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  10. ^ Hilario, Kenneth (4 January 2016). "Jim's Steaks South St. named champion of Cheesesteak Madness". Philadelphia Business Journal. Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  11. ^ Dillon, Hughe (2014-01-09). "Ice Cube and Kevin Hart Giving out Free Cheesesteaks at Jim's". Philly Mag.

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