Pagano's, as the neighborhood knows it, is a cornerstone of Mount Airy life. Ever since I could chew, I've been going there. For the ultimate experience, you have to go late on a weeknight. The place will be a madhouse. From the lines out the door to the guys selling bootleg DVD's out of rolling suitcases, it's a true experience. My wife is from Canada and was disgusted by the thought of the monstrous creation we natives refer to as a cheesesteak, or even worse, the hoagie! She was in love at first bite. She even understands the complex way we Philadelphians order our cheesesteaks now. With or without Whiz, the works, and everyone's favorite, ""salt, pepper, ketchup, fried onions"". If you come to Philly and don't go to Pagano's, you, in my opinion, have not been to Philly.
Pros: value, flavor, tradition
Cons: long wait time, crowded, parking