Pat’s Steaks Owner Frank Olivieri Fires Back Over Health Inspection Coverage

Pat's Steak owner Frank Olivieri is all whizzed up over recent reports about his restaurant's cleanliness.

Pat’s Steak owner Frank Olivieri is all whizzed up over recent reports about his restaurant’s cleanliness.

On Thursday night at 5 p.m., 6ABC’s Monica Malpass and Brian Taff put on their most serious news anchor faces possible to introduce the night’s “Big Story,” a report from station veteran Vernon Odom about restaurant health inspections at two iconic Philadelphia institutions: Pat’s Steaks and Di Bruno Bros.

By Friday morning, their coverage as well as coverage from other outlets (the original story seems to have come earlier in the week from Sam Wood at were the No. 1 Facebook trend in Philadelphia and remained in the top three as of lunchtime. NBC10’s report remains one of the lead stories on the station’s website.

So what’s all the fuss about? Was Pat’s shut down for serving up ratsteaks? Was Di Bruno’s shuttered because employees were caught on secret video getting a little too intimate with the pepperoni? No. As it turns out, although the city deems some of their violations “serious” (an example of one of Pat’s “serious” violations: an open coffee cup … read the full inspection here), they fared pretty well as far as city restaurants go.

We got Pat’s owner Frank Olivieri on the phone to see what he thought of their report. Read more »

Scott Walker Tries Pat’s and Geno’s, Gets Heckled

Left, by Matt Stanley. Right, via Twitter.

Left, by Matt Stanley. Right, via Twitter.

South Philadelphians weren’t fans of Scott Walker when he stopped by two famed corner cheesesteak outlets.

The Wisconsin governor and Republican presidential hopeful ate cheesesteaks — which he apparently enjoys witout — at both Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks this afternoon.

He got heckled on Twitter for ordering that American cheese.

And for “scaring the little children”…

Matt Gelb, an Inquirer reporter, followed Walker’s movement from steak to steak, and reports that people weren’t happy that Walker skipped a line at Geno’s.

He also apparently couldn’t finish his second steak, but he did talk ball with some people from the area.

But why was Governor Walker here in the first place?

We’ll just have to wait and see how that turns out in the primary next May.

Confession: I Ditched Vegetarianism for a Pat’s Cheesesteak

Photo via Flickr

Photo via Flickr

Plate after plate of potato salad makes everyone uncomfortable. I know, because I’m pitied at cookouts. Thanksgivings are worse: touching the turkey like tainted goods, skipping the stuffing with giblets and au ju, waiting for green bean casserole like some sort of a godsend.

Those nightmares were recalled as I stood in line at 9th and Passyunk. A few minutes later, a soggy lump of simple carbs and gummy beef landed at the bottom of my stomach, transporting me back to a glutton’s heaven that no tofu can reach.

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The Garage In South Philly: Giving Food Trucks Roots

Jason Evenchik, of Vintage, Time and Bar fame, is working on another Philly first with three of his current partners and employees: a cafeteria and bar inside a former garage in South Philly that draws its inspiration from the American food truck movement.

No, really. We can’t make this stuff up.

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