It’s the mother of all Philadelphia cuisine. Crafted with chopped beef, gooey cheese, a soft Italian bun and an assortment of extras, one bite of this unapologetic smash-up of a sandwich and there is no turning back.
How popular is it? Enough to now finally have its own Cheesesteak Festival, the first of which was held on Oct. 24, at Lincoln Financial Field. Newbies can learn how to order an authentic Philly cheesesteak at the Reading Terminal Market. But if you want to test your mettle and get yours where locals do, hit up Delassandro’s or pick a side in the eternal Philly cheesesteak debate: Pat’s or Geno’s.
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