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Cheesesteak History

The cheesesteak made its official debut in 1930. Pat Olivieri was a South Philadelphia hot dog vendor who one day decided to put some beef from the butcher on his grill. A taxicab driver noticed the alluring aroma and asked for his own steak sandwich. The next day, as the story goes, rumor of the delicious lunch had spread, and cabbies around the city came to Olivieri demanding steak sandwiches. Soon after, Olivieri opened up a shop on 9th Street and Passyunk Avenue, Pat’s King of Steaks, to sell his new creation. Eventually, according to legend, he added cheese to the recipe. Today, Pat’s grills are sizzling 24 hours a day, as are Geno’s, the rival shop across the street. For 40 years, the two shops have waged a friendly competition to win the title of best cheesesteak in town, with Geno’s founder, Joe Vento, claiming it was he, not Olivieri, who first added cheese to the cheesesteak. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheesesteak

What Is a Cheesesteak?

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A cheesesteak is a long, crusty roll filled with thinly sliced sautéed ribeye beef and melted cheese. Generally, the cheese of choice is Cheez Whiz, but American and provolone are common substitutions. The art of cheesesteak preparation lies in the balance of flavors, textures and what is often referred to as the “drip” factor. Other toppings may include fried onions, sautéed mushrooms, ketchup and hot or sweet peppers.
Some sandwich shops also offer a cheesesteak hoagie, a hybrid version that combines the cheesesteak with cold hoagie dressings like lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. Cheesesteaks are fast, portable and readily available at steak shops, delis, food trucks, pizzerias and even some high-end restaurants throughout the region.

Our Founder

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The company's founder, Ed Evans is a native of Northeast Philadelphia. He grew up eating cheese steaks and hoagies from many of the best cheese steak shops throughout Philadelphia.

He worked his way all through high school and college cooking them as well. After relocating to Northern California, Ed quickly recognized that west coast residents had been missing out on the east coast culinary treat. It was then he decided to open sandwich shops dedicated to the Philadelphia culinary delicacies.

Established in July 2000, Philly Cheese Steak Shoppe quickly became the leading sandwich destination.

Unlike other so called "Philly" sandwich shops, we insisted on only using the finest ingredients to create authentic, great tasting Philly foods.