The cheesesteak is Philadelphia’s signature dish. This sandwich is made with slices of beefsteak, cheese, and a hero roll.
Usually, thin cuts of rib eye or round are used for the meat. As for the cheese, the typical choices are provolone or Cheez Whiz, and American Cheese. And Amoroso rolls are the most popular brand for the hoagie rolls. They’re soft, long, and a bit salty.
Toppings that go well with this dish include hot sauce, salt, ketchup, fried onions, and black pepper.
So, how is it prepared?
First, the meat slices are cooked on a griddle until they turn light brown. After that, they get scrambled into tinier bits with a spatula. Next, the cheese is put and melted over the meat. Finally, the blend gets pressed into the hero roll and the sandwich is ready.
And there you have it - a classic Philly cheesesteak. It's equivalent to a thin folded pizza slice in New York, a deep-dish pie in Chicago, or a squared pizza in Detroit.
In other words, something that you need to try. Trust us, one bite and you'll know right away what all the fuss is about. But first, let's take a closer look at its history.
The cheesesteak was invented by Harry and Pat Olivieri in the early 1930s in Philadelphia. The two brothers owned a hot dog stand. And one day, Pat got the idea for a new sandwich. They bought beef from a nearby butcher, grilled it with onions on top, and put it on a roll.
Apparently, a cab driver came by and noticed the new sandwich that Pat was eating. He asked if he could have one as well. He liked it so much that he suggested they stop selling hot dogs and sell the new sandwich instead.
Word spread quickly about the Oliveiri’s new dish. And soon, many people were buying it.
By 1940, Pat and Harry made enough money to open their brick-and-mortar restaurant. They named it “Pat's King of Steaks”. It is still open today in South Philadelphia.
Initially, the sandwich was made without cheese. It was mainly steak and onions put on an Italian loaf. According to Oliveri, it was Pat’s manager Joey Lorenza who introduced cheese to the mix in the 1940s. It was provolone.
However, some believe that it was Joe Vento who first added cheese in the 1960s. He opened Geno’s Steaks in 1996. The location was very close to Pat’s restaurant. And the menu was almost the same.
This resulted in a friendly rivalry between Pat’s and Geno’s.
The sandwich is iconic in Philadelphia. And now there are many cheesesteak restaurants that sell it. These include Tony Luke’s, Jim’s Steaks, Barclay Prime, and more.
Moreover, ordering the sandwich in Philly involves the use of interesting phrases. So, for a sandwich without fried onions but with provolone cheese, the phrase is - “One provolone without”.
There are a few alternative versions of the sandwich. For example, the chicken one has chicken rather than beef. Whereas the vegan one has ingredients like seitan and soy-based cheese.
In addition, the steak milano comes with oregano and fried tomatoes. And there is even a pizza steak variety with mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce.
Another popular option is the pepper cheesesteak. As the name suggests, it comes with several types of peppers such as green bell peppers, hot cherry, and sweet ones.
The number of cheesecake calories in a serving of 462 g (that is a 12-inch sandwich) is about 1146.
This includes 61g of total fat or 78% of the daily value based on a 2000-calorie diet.
In addition, there are 150mg of cholesterol and 1429mg of sodium. This makes for 50% and 62% of the daily value respectively.
As for the number of total carbohydrates, it is 84g (31%), whereas the amount of protein is 65g.
Moreover, we got 3% of vitamin D, 44% of calcium, 48% of iron, and 18% of potassium as well.
Given that this sandwich is synonymous with Philadelphia, the first restaurant recommendation we have is Philly's own Lazos Pizza & Grill.
You can find them on Poplar St, they're open 7 days a week and also offer takeout and delivery.
Of course, other cities serve fantastic cheesesteaks, too. Thus, if you're in New York, we suggest La Vera Pizza. Located on Broadway, they're open every day and offer pickup and delivery. And you even save 5% with any online order via Slice!
We got a cheesesteak and a chicken cheesesteak. Both were awesome!
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