No matter how diverse, progressive, or experimental Philadelphia’s food scene has become, there’s no denying that the cheesesteak is still the city’s culinary backbone. The bread and butter of Philly, if you will.
Maybe that’s because of the sandwich’s long history. Pat’s was the first steak shop to open its doors almost 90 years ago. To this day, it’s one of the city’s most famous spots to grab a cheesesteak and stays open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to keep up with demand. Though most locals won’t eat at the now-touristy Pat’s or its rival, Geno’s, across the street, the fact that Pat’s has remained a neighborhood staple after all these years deserves respect.