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The History of the Philly Cheesesteak

The History Of The Philly Cheesesteak

Who hasn’t heard of the iconic Philly Cheesesteak sandwich? It might have made its debut in Philadelphia but it is now known coast to coast and even internationally. Very few people have not tried at least some version of the cheese and steak combo.

What is a Philly Cheesesteak?

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Okay, on the off chance that you have been living off the grid for the last eighty years, here is a brief overview of exactly what makes a real Philly Cheesesteak. It is a long bread roll that has been filled with thinly sliced beef mixed with ample melted cheese. Many people also choose to add fried onions, sauteed mushrooms, sweet peppers, hot peppers, and a dash of ketchup. Depending on who is making the sandwich, the seasonings can differ to fit the cook’s unique taste.

Pat Olivieri and the Creation of the Philly Cheesesteak

You might be wondering exactly who is credited with starting the Philly Cheesesteak phenomena and that would be Pat Olivieri. He was a hot dog vendor in the 1930s. He decided to diversify and start selling things besides hot dogs, so he added beef to his grill. The grilling beef smelled delicious and attracted a local taxi driver. The taxi driver is credited with spreading the news of the new sandwich far and wide. Following the popularity of the sandwich, Olivieri decided to open his shop named Pat’s King of Steaks where he sold his creation. Over time, he altered it by adding cheese.

Rival Philly Sandwich Shops

After Olivieri oped his shop, Joe Vento decided to open a rival shop across the street called Geno’s. The two shops started a friendly competition to create the best cheesesteak sandwich in the area. Unfortunately, the ‘friendly’ aspect of the rivalry changed and rumors were spread that Joey Vento was a racist when he hung a sign in his restaurant that read, “Speak English.” The sign still sits there to this day.

Best Place in Kansas City to Buy a Philly Cheesesteak

If you don’t live in Philadelphia, don’t despair because the Philly Cheesesteak is available nationwide now. In the Kansas City area, you might want to stop into the Bull Creek Distillery to try out one of our three versions of the sandwich; the Straight Up Philly, Bull Creek Philly, and the Bacon Ranch Philly. All three versions are guaranteed to meet or exceed your expectations.

  • Straight Up Philly: This is a classic with beef or chicken, cheese, onions, green peppers, and mushrooms all grilled together in a marvelous combo.
  • Bull Creek Philly: Kick things up with this spicy twist. It comes with either beef or chicken, grilled jalapenos, bacon, cream cheese, and ample melted cheese.
  • Bacon Ranch Philly: This sandwich includes bacon, ranch, cheese, with beef or chicken

If you visit the Bull Creek Distillery and you decide that you don’t want to try one of their Philly versions, then they have lots of other yummy choices available that is sure to tempt and tantalize.

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