Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Eating Cheese Steaks in Philly



One of Philadelphia's biggest rivalries is between two of south Philly's cheese-steak shops- Pat's and Geno's.

A little history, that this article helped me out with. 

In 1930 brothers Pat and Harry Olivieri opened Pat's King of Steaks, and are credited with inventing the signature sandwich. In 1966, Joey Vento opened Geno's Steaks across the street in an effort to take down Pat's, basically saying, "if you want to sell cheese steak, you sell it where people are eating cheese steaks." 

Their sandwiches are nearly identical- rib-eye steak, cheese and grilled onions on loaf bread. You can choose your cheese, but Cheez Whiz is where it's at. 

The rivalry is highly publicized, first getting attention in the 1976 movie, Rocky. The hype and attention is great for business, with both sides playing along and trash talking one another. 

The differences between the two really come down to: cheese consistency, roll chewiness and meat tenderness. 

My thoughts: Cheese is better at Pat's, meat is better (more tender) at Geno's, it's a tie with the bread. So next time, I'll order my steak at Geno's sans cheese and go over to Pat's for a side of cheese whiz... that's ok, right? 






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