Oliveri invented the cheesesteak back in
1930. Since then generations of South
Philadelphians have been heading to the corner of
9th and Passyunk and to Pat's for a "Steak Wit"
and a cherry soda.
is as real "South Philly" as you'll
find. Lines of customers from the
"neighborhood" that often wrap around the
building. Gruff order takers with attitude
that would intimidate a Marine Drill Sergeant.
Pictures of local celebs Jerry Blavit and Hi Litt on
With" translates to a cheesesteak topped with
Cheeze Wiz and Fried onions. That's a good way
to start. Cheese steaks are ordered at one
window, drinks and fries at the next. For the
real Pat's experience, ask the counter person at the
cheesesteak window why he/she can't take your drink
makes a fine steak. The same steak they've
been grilling for the last 70 some years. Some
folks put Pat's down. But there are a few million Pat's cheesesteak eaters who disagree.
Update March, 2013 - Took Pat's from
five to four grease stains. Three for quality and
one for history = 4 grease stains. Last couple
of visits got gristle in my steaks and the meat to
bun ratio is getting stingy. Also a cheesesteak now
costs $9.50 which is really pusing it.