The Philly cheesesteak

The Philly cheesesteak

The Philly or Philadelphia cheesesteak (or cheese steak; or, Philly steak) is one of sandwichdom’s great entries.

The simple basics of the rather filling bomb of food are shaved beef and melted cheese on a Hoagie roll. Thereafter comes a collection of sautéed onions and peppers and a variety of other ingredients.

The sandwich likely grew out of south Philadelphia, with its historic Italian- and Irish-American complexion, as long ago as the 1930s. Of course, the debate has raged on the precise origin, including that the first cheesesteaks did not have cheese (preposterous!) and that a slice of Provolone was only added later. Hotdog cart purveyors Pat and Harry Olivieri are often credited with its invention.

271 West Restaurant in downtown Kitchener serves a philly steak wrap with mixed greens, caramelized onions, mushrooms, peppers, beef tenderloin and smoked provolone cheese ($11 at lunch).

(And just about across the street is the fast-food outlet Taste of Philly Cheesesteak too.)

[Above image is not from either location/Wikimedia Commons]

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