Philly Cheese Steaks, Philadelphia

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    The Famous Philly Cheesesteak

    by keeweechic Updated Jul 27, 2003

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    The Philly Cheesesteak is apparently what Philadelphia is known for and you can find them in South Street.

    Chinatown has all the Asian delicacies and South Philly has the wonderful homemade Italian cooking.

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    Philly Cheese Steaks: Pat's King of Steaks

    by machomikemd Written Aug 13, 2007

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    Everyone who comes to Philadelphia eventually asks about the Philly cheese steak, and some people end up addicted. It was allegedly invented at this stand in the heart of South Philly where both neighborhood boys and limousines wait in line for the opportunity to eat greasy fried steak, shredded and covered with Cheese Whiz or Provolone cheese and fried onions and peppers, and then piled onto an Italian roll. You get no respect from the surly staff, but chances are you will love it and come back for more.

    Pat's King of Steaks was founded by Pat Olivieri in 1930. He was joined in the business by his younger brother Harry Olivieri. Pat Olivieri claims to be the originator of the sandwich most people associate with the city of Philadelphia, the cheese steak.

    Originally a hot dog vendor, Olivieri told the story that he decided one day for his own lunch to use chopped-up steak bits instead of a normal wiener. At the suggestion of a cab driver who sampled and enjoyed the new sandwich, he opened Pat's Steaks to sell steak sandwiches.The Olivieri family still owns the establishment.

    if you don't want to sound like a tourist when ordering your cheesesteak, here's the formula: "TYPE OF CHEESE, WITH/W/O ONIONS". In other words, if you'd like a cheesesteak with american cheese and onions, say "AMERICAN WITH". Cheese Whiz (my personal recommendation) without onions? say "WHIZ WITHOUT". No cheese? Just say "PLAIN STEAK" or "PLAIN".

    Across the street is rival and "upstart" Geno's Steaks, which has been in business since the '60s. Both joints use the same meat. Both joints use the same bread. Both joints use the same cheese (although now at Geno's you can get cheddar). But every Philadelphian has a favorite; popular opinion is probably split close to 50/50.

    Favorite Dish: It smells really good outside. You can smell onions, peppers (hot and sweet), steaks and cheese - all the ingredients that make a Philly Cheesesteak. The prices of a cheesesteak range from $5 to $7 depending on what is on it.

    One of the major requirements for a good Philly Cheesesteak is a good Italian roll. Also, there are a variety of different cheeses to choose from. Some of these include American, Provolone, and Cheese Whiz.Some of the other toppings may include onions (raw or fried), sweet and hot peppers, and mushrooms.The perfect way to eat your cheesesteak is to unwrap the paper from one end of it and stand with your feet together, bend at the waist, holding the cheesesteak away from your shoes, and take a bite. Notice the juice dripping

    It is a combination of all the freshest ingredients that can be found. It's quite simple. It's rib-eye steak sliced thin, onions, cheese, and of course, the freshest Italian bread you can find. Put them altogether and you've got a Pat's Philly Cheese steak. Can't you just smell that Cheese steak

    Philly Cheesesteak Pat's at Night Pat's at Day Making of Philly Cheesesteak!

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    Geno's, down in South Philly...

    by DrewV Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Geno's, down in South Philly by the Vet
    It's a hardcore, 'Soup Nazi'-type place, and the sandwiches are heart attacks waiting to happen, but damn! They're delicious! For the uninitiated, a cheese steak is a freshly baked hoagie filled with thinly-sliced roast beef, grilled onions and peppers, and melted cheese, hopefully Provolone, though soem swear by the Cheese Whiz (ugh!). It's a simple recipe, but for some reason, only in Philly can they do it right.

    Favorite Dish: The best Cheesesteaks in the city

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    Jim's Steaks: Cheese Steak Made the right way!!!

    by fsayed Written Dec 11, 2002

    Cheese steaks made any which way you want it. Especially light considering the ingredients. The lines may deter you, but DO NOT miss the chance to try one. Relatively well priced. And definitely filling though you may want another for the road.

    Favorite Dish: Cheese Steak With provolone, peppers, and onions. MMMMMM Good.

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    Philly Cheese Steaks Anywhere: Believe the Hype!

    by Karnubawax Written Dec 11, 2004

    You may hear a discription of a Philly Cheesesteak and say "so what? - it's just a sandwich!" Saying an authentic Philly Cheesesteak is just a sandwich is like saying that Michaelangelo's David is "just a statue" or that the Leaning Tower of Pisa is "just another building with foundation problems."

    As you can tell from the other posts in this category, everyone has their favorite place. But even if you get one from a cart - like this one on 18th Street at Rittenhouse Square - you'll be in for a treat! At the very least, it'll be the best thing you've ever eaten off of a cart!

    Favorite Dish: While some say that getting one with CheezWhiz is the "real" way, I find it to be pretty gloppy and gross. Typically you'll get either Provolone or white American. Onions are a must, as well as the sweet cherry peppers. That's it for an authentic cheesesteak - some places will serve them "hoagie style" (meaning with lettuce and tomatoes and such), but that to me is just wrong!

    Going to Philly and not getting a cheesesteak is like going to New York and not getting pizza, or going to San Francisco and not trying the crab. You'd be missing out on part of the experience!

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    Jim's Steaks: The best cheesesteaks!

    by emilesc Updated May 22, 2003

    Other than South Philly, this is probably the most popular place for genuine cheesesteaks (made with Cheese Whiz). Know exactly what you want before you order - they're a bit like the Soup Nazi here and have little patience for waffling.

    Beware - the place reeks of steaming meat. You might be overcome before you get your order.

    Favorite Dish: Get the cheesesteak with double the cheese. Mmmm.

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    A Small Place on Route 202 in BlueBell: Philadelphia Cheese Steak

    by pmarshuk Updated Aug 8, 2003

    When we used to work late somebody would usually pop up the road to get us some food for the evening. The usual choice would for a Philly Cheese Steak or a Hoagie. They are wonderful as a snack (big snack though) to keep you going for a while. But you do need to be careful that the juices don't leak out all down your front.

    Favorite Dish: Cheese steak without onions. I know - I'm missing out on a huge part of the flavour. But the texture of cooked onions makes me want to throw up. I do like raw onions though!

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    Philly Cheese Steaks: Jim's cheese steak

    by Tatpong Written Feb 10, 2005

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    A good place to eat, especially, when you are in philly, try philly cheese steak. Jim is a good place. pretty crowded. but eat inside, so good for cold weather.

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    Jake's Sandwich Board: Great Philly Sandwiches!

    by meteorologist1 Written Oct 19, 2014

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    An interesting local place serving Philly-style sandwiches, including brisket cheesesteak sandwiches. Worth a try when visiting Philadelphia!

    Favorite Dish: I had the cheesesteak sandwich -- very delicious!

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  • Pat's Steaks: Pat's Steaks

    by wannabeincal Written Aug 24, 2002

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    A South Philly institution. The eclectic group of people you will see in line at Pat's any hour of the day makes it even better.

    Favorite Dish: two witout with cheez whiz

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    Rick's Philly Cheesesteak: Philly Cheesesteak

    by Sharrie Updated Jan 21, 2003

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    Try it for yourself. I like it but I'm not good at describing food. I only know how to taste them ;-)

    Favorite Dish: Philly Cheesesteak.

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