1. Yes, cheesesteaks and hoagies are icons here…
Both literally and figuratively, cheesesteaks are huge. Philadelphia’s iconic sandwich, usually stuffed with thinly sliced pieces of beefsteak, fried onions and melted cheese, has been imitated at restaurants around the world but no one makes them like the hometown eateries.
Pat’s King of Steaks is the original home of the cheesesteak, around since 1930, and probably one of the most famous in Philly. Its biggest competitor is Geno’s right across the street in South Philadelphia. Both are open 24/7. Get a sandwich from both and argue which is best.
It may be sacrilegious to natives but there are “healthier” alternatives to those greasy beef steaks too. Ishkabibble’s, around since the ’70s, is widely believed to have the city’s only chicken cheesesteak and Blackbird offers a tasty vegan version.