, invented in South Philadelphia
in the 1930's at a hot dog
stand, and popularized by Pat's King of Steaks
restaurant. The cheesesteak is still associated with that city. It consists of the following:
The result is greasy
. Thus, practiced eaters lean
forward to bring the mouth
to the sandwich (rather than the lifting the sandwich all the way to the mouth) so as to control where the drip
s will land.
Preferences as to what makes the "perfect" cheesesteak vary based on which neighborhood in Philadelphia you have visited or grew up in.
A chicken cheesesteak is a sandwich that replaces the beef with chicken, but is prepared the same way.