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.
Tonight, Friday, May 6th, Han Chiang will be at the grill of Pat’s Steaks cooking up cumin pepper steaks. The Han Dynasty owner will be turning out his steaks from 9 p.m to midnight this evening.
Chiang’s appearance is part of Pat’s Steaks continuing Guest Chef Series. Owner Frank Oliveri has been inviting chefs to come up with their own twists on the cheesesteak. Participants have included Marc Vetri, Jose Garces and even vegetarian cheesesteaks from chef Sally Eisenberg.
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Let’s be fair: There is no reason a cheesesteak made in Pittsburgh can’t be good. The Groove Cheesesteak Company — which apparently used to be called Southside Steaks, and still has that URL for its website — may make a good cheesesteak.
In fact, it probably does! (“Southside Steaks” sounds like a more authentic name for a steak shop, though.) There’s no reason that a steak shop has to be in the city of Philadelphia to make a good cheesesteak. Anthony Bourdain himself said Donkey’s in Camden has the best. But there is no way we can let a Pittsburgh place win USA Today’s Best Cheesesteak in Pennsylvania contest.
Working with Sandwich America, USA Today’s “10 best” site has selected 20 places in Pennsylvania that are contenders for the best cheesesteak in the state. Eleven of them are in Philadelphia, and three more are in the suburbs. One, Groove, is in Pittsburgh. Read more »
Many people are calling today National Cheesesteak Day. That’s not entirely true. After way too much research back in 2014, we realized that the day that was supposed to be celebrated was National Cheesesteak Thursday. March 24th, 2014 and 2015 wasn’t a Thursday so we refused to play along with the made up holiday.
But today is March 24th and a Thursday, so today, we celebrate.
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Phillies AAA minor league affiliate knows the best way to a fan’s heart is through his stomach. On Sundays the team sports bacon themed caps, jerseys and pants. This season the team will change its name to the Cheesesteaks for one night as a salute to the IronPigs Major League parent, the Philadelphia Phillies.
The team is currently holding a contest to decide the on-field cap to wear with their cheesesteaks jerseys; two versions are available to choose from, one with onions and one “witout.” Voting for #TeamWit or #TeamWitOut is being held via social media and on the website, LVcheesesteaks.com.
Jose Garces is up next in the Pat’s Steaks Guest Chef Series. Garces will be there ahead of his Garces Foundation’s Think Local Give Local Benefit set for Friday, March 18th at the Loews Hotel. Garces will be slinging steaks at Pat’s on Monday, March 14th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Garces will be serving the JG Cheesesteak, a steak sandwich made with Pat’s ribeye, served with provolone fondue, To-Jo wild mushrooms, caramelized onions, black truffles. The sandwich will $10 and all proceeds will benefit the Garces Foundation. As if getting a cheesesteak created by Jose Garces wasn’t enough of a reason to head to Pat’s on Monday, one lucky cheesesteak customer will receive two tickets to the Garces Foundation’s benefit. The tickets are valued at $300.
Spike Mendelsohn’s hamburger joint, Good Stuff Eatery has made way for Cleavers, an ambitious cheesesteak spot that hopes to make a go of it at 108 South 18th Street. The steak shop opened last night and features a “How Do You Want It?” menu of steaks, chicken sandwiches, salads and perhaps reluctantly veggie sandwich options. There are also a selection of fries, sides, beer and boozy shakes.
The steaks are made with chopped ribeye, the chicken sandwiches are made with grilled chicken or a breaded cutlet. Steak sandwiches start at $8.75 and max out at $16.50 for the Cleaver, a one pound steak served with both American cheese and Cheese Whiz.
Back when Rick’s Steaks had a stand at the Reading Terminal Market it was the only place inside the market to get a cheesesteak. But without an exclusive vendor, you can now get cheesesteaks at seven locations inside the market, eight if you include the pork cheesesteak at Wursthaus Schmitz. So with this explosion of cheesesteak options, Team Foobooz sets out to find the best cheesesteak at the Reading Terminal Market.