The cheesesteak, once known for its small South Philadelphia neighborhood origins, has made a massive impact on appetites all over the world. While the sandwich continues to evolve, from lasagnas to egg rolls and even crockpot style soups, classic cheesesteaks are made with sliced sirloin and melted American cheese on Italian bread. It may sound simple, but one thing remains, once you experience an authentic Philadelphia cheesesteak, you will always find yourself transported back to when and where you had your first bite.

There’s a reason why people drive–or even fly–miles just to eat a cheesesteak. The sirloin is tender and juicy, yet it holds on to the smokiness of the grill without being too heavy. The bite of the sautéed onions, peppers, and mushrooms provide your palate with the smell and taste of the aromatics and veggies your body needs. The array of cheeses and condiments encompassed in the crispy airy Italian bread, can be catered to your liking, allowing it to appease an array of appetites and ages. Proving once you experience a great cheesesteak, it becomes an indescribable culinary moment.

Philly cheesesteak facts:
The first Philly cheesesteak was created in 1930 by brothers Pat and Harry Olivieri, hot dog vendors who wanted to create a unique sandwich using Italian bread and sliced beef. The first customer was a taxi driver, who reportedly fell in love with the creation and it quickly gained a cult following. This became the start of the restaurant and landmark in Philadelphia. “Pat King of Steaks” or “Pat’s.”

Soon after, the cheesesteak was prepared with provolone cheese in the 1940’s after being suggested by Joe Lorenzo, a manager of one of the “Pat’s” locations . Cheez Whiz wasn’t introduced until the 1950s, as customers preferred how the smooth texture made it easier to spread on the bread.

Cheesesteaks range anywhere from a few dollars to over $100. One of the most expensive cheesesteaks in Philadelphia features truffles, foie gras, and it uses wagyu ribeye. A single sandwich can contain up to 50 grams of protein.

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