Pat’s King of Steaks
The dish: Cheesesteak
What else did you expect? Philly native Pat Olivieri crafted the first cheesesteak at his hot dog stand in 1930. Nowadays, line up at Pat’s any time of day (or night — it’s open round the clock) for a taste of the original, made with thinly-sliced beef, Cheez Whiz, and fried onions on a sliced hoagie roll. There’s good reason for its legendary status.
Related: Hit John’s Roast Pork. The James Beard Award-winning shop is a stellar showcase of the city’s meaty sandwiches, offering not only perfectly-seasoned roast pork sandwiches, piled with sauteed spinach and provolone cheese, but one of the city’s best cheesesteaks, too.