Famed South Philly cheesesteak joint Geno’s Steaks is still attracting some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
Most recently, comedian Tiffany Haddish paid a visit to 9th and Passyunk, otherwise known as Cheesesteak Vegas, on Sunday afternoon, when she chowed down on Geno’s version of the signature Philly sandwich. Haddish reportedly ordered a steak with American cheese and fried onions.
She topped the order with Geno’s signature hot sauce, which is made with vinegar, red bell peppers, salt, and bird’s-eye peppers, a blazing-hot variety frequently found in Southeast Asia. Geno’s began offering bottles of the sauce to take home last summer, as per an Inquirer report.
Haddish dined with owner Geno Vento at the cheesesteak shop’s celebrity booth inside the restaurant, and detailed the trip with an Instagram story. In addition to her meal, Haddish also got a look at how the steaks come together on a brief tour of the shop.
Geno’s has attracted tons of celebrities since its opening in 1966, many of which the shop documents with photos hung around — and outside — the shop. Recent guests according to Geno’s Instagram account include celebs like rapper Beanie Sigel, former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, NBA great Julius “Dr. J” Erving, and Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera — and that’s just over this summer.
Haddish, known for 2017’s Girls Trip, appears to have been in town to film a segment for ABC’s reboot of Kids Say the Darndest Things, the star said in an Instagram video. She was announced as host of the program, a version of which was hosted by now-disgraced comic and Philly native Bill Cosby from 1998 to 2000, back in May.
“I’m excited to hear what kids have to say these days because I can’t understand what they are saying on social media,” Haddish said of the Kids Say update, according to Variety. “They’re using too many abbreviations!”