The Philly Cheesesteak debate reminds me a heck of a lot of the Chicago Pizza debate. Everyone has their own opinion about who has the most “original” and best tasting.
When it comes to Chicago style pizza, in Chicago the big three are:
Each one of them claims to be the best, most authentic and most original pizza joint in all of Chicago. I’ve had them all. It’s a tough call.
I had never had a cheesesteak before in my life so when I found out I was coming to Philadelphia I knew I wanted to hunt down a true authentic Philly Cheesesteak.
When the name of a city is included in the name of a certain food, you know it’s a big deal. Kind of like, New England Clam Chowder. You come to New England you eat clam chowder or (as the locals say chawda).
You come to Philly you eat a cheesesteak.
When it comes to cheesesteaks I had to research not only which places had the best, but then how to order, because supposedly how you order a cheesesteak is a big deal in Philly.
Incorrect: “I’ll have a Philly Cheesesteak without onions and Provolone cheese.”
Correct: “cheese steak, provolone, without”
Translation: cheesesteak with provolone cheese without onions
Trust me they’ll know what you’re saying.