Craving an extra-special cheesesteak? Good news: Marc Vetri is back at Pat’s King of Steaks for lunch this Thursday, May 25, putting his signature touch on the classic steak and raising money for a good cause.
The FrizWit — the cheesesteak that we called the city’s best last year — is back tonight, popping up at Garage in South Philly.
And to make great news even better, 100 percent of proceeds from tonight’s sales will be donated to Broad Street Ministry’s radical hospitality program.
Here in Philly, we know our steaks on a first name basis. John, or Jim, or Pat, or Carmen, or Philip, or whoever — cheesesteaks are personal. Our favorite spots help get us through the week, or through a night, and sometimes a rough morning (don’t judge).
Of course, there’s a wrong way and a right way to make a one. Strangely enough, far too many shops get it wrong, and we end up with places like Center City’s Steve’s Prince of Steaks (for those in-the-know, Steve’s in the Northeast is a far better experience).
And then there are some that do it exceptionally well.
Former Phillies star John Kruk is a man full of surprises. Even though he built a real tough guy reputation while playing for the Phils, Kruk has never been on a motorcycle, he refuses to get a tattoo, and his preferred drink these days is water. And now we’ve learned that Kruk eats his cheesesteaks with mayonnaise, an admission that might have some hardcore cheesesteak purists crying foul. Read more »
Pat’s King of Steaks is offering an Alba White Truffle Cheesesteak on Thursday, November 17th, starting at 12:30 p.m. The $20 highfalutin take on the cheesesteak is the result of this past weekend’s White Truffle Charity Auction that took place at the Union League in Philadelphia. Pat’s owner, Frank Olivieri, purchased a truffle for $2,500 to support the National Italian American Foundation.
You may not agree that Pat’s King of Steaks has the best cheesesteak in Philadelphia, but you do have to concede that chef Michael Solomonov’s take on the classic dish is unique—it includes shawarma spice, tehina and pickled peppers—and it sounds delicious.
Well, good news: On October 19th, Pat’s will feature Solomonov in their Guest Chef Series.
Quintessential Philadelphia cuisine is not exactly conducive to the trendy dietary restrictions of modern day. Luckily, these local eateries aim to remedy that.
Since Philly is the cheesesteak capital of the universe, we already know the lines at Pat’s and Geno’s are going to be insane this week with the DNC. But if you’re a true Philly native, you know that there’s more to the cheesesteak scene and that the crowds are just annoying.
So, to avoid the crowds (and get a better sandwich), all you have to do is head right across the street. Food Underground is back at Garage tonight with their two “pop-up” sandwiches the Frizwit and the Sabih.
The Frizwit debuted last September and is simply the best cheesesteak around. Made with grass fed, frizzled beef from Kensington Quarters, served with cheese from Hidden Hills Dairy and Birchrun Hills Farm and then topped with charred and caramelized onions and served on a Ba Le Bakery roll, it really doesn’t get much better.
It can be tricky to mess with a classic, especially one as beloved as the cheesesteak. Tampering with the simple “one whiz wit” could be a fraught with peril but Chad Kubanoff, owner of Same Same, has decided he’s up to the task.
“The Vietnamese Cheesesteak” will be making its debut at the Liberty Lands Music Festival and Flea Market, this Saturday, June 4th.
The sandwich layers shaved beef shank with caramelized onions, pickled onions, Laughing Cow cheese on top of banh mi bread. This is all topped off with a concoction Kubanoff dubs “Jawn Sauce,” which is a special blend of oyster sauce, soy sauce, and garlic.