The cheesesteak made its official debut in 1930. Pat Olivieri was a South Philadelphia hot dog vendor who one day decided to put some beef from the butcher on his grill. A taxicab driver noticed the alluring aroma and asked for his own steak sandwich. The next day, as the story goes, rumor of the delicious lunch had spread, and cabbies around the city came to Olivieri demanding steak sandwiches. Soon after, Olivieri opened up a shop on 9th Street and Passyunk Avenue, Pat’s King of Steaks, to sell his new creation. Eventually, according to legend, he added cheese to the recipe. Today, Pat’s grills are sizzling 24 hours a day, as are Geno’s, the rival shop across the street. For 40 years, the two shops have waged a friendly competition to win the title of best cheesesteak in town, with Geno’s founder, Joe Vento, claiming it was he, not Olivieri, who first added cheese to the cheesesteak. Pat’s claim to be the king of cheesesteak and Geno’s claims to be the Ace of the cheesesteak. We have taken the best of both into Aces and Kings.
There has been a long standing rivalry between Philly Cheesesteak fans. Some stand strong with the Aces of Cheesesteaks, The Provolone, while others faithfully follow the Kings of Cheesesteaks, The Cheese Whiz.
Here at AK, we have dedicated ourselves to resolve this unspoken rivalry. Who will reign supreme cheese ruler of the Philly Cheesesteak?
Do you pledge loyalty to the King, or will you band together with the Ace?
# TeamAces vs #TeamKings
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