Preparing Chili Cheese Steak Sandwich Philly Style
The Best Way To Eat A Philly Cheesesteak, According To An Expert
By Camryn Teder
Imagine sinking your teeth into a juicy Philly cheesesteak, with thin slices of well-done steak, a smattering of melted cheese, and whatever extra toppings, all happily tucked inside a soft, sliced roll, as hot grease drips down your chin with every bite. While the cheesesteak has evolved with its topping, one thing about the sandwich hasn't: How you should eat it.
Per Carolyn Wyman, the author of "The Great Philly Cheesesteak Book," sitting at a table with a napkin in hand isn’t the best way to eat a Philly cheesesteak. The ideal method, in fact, is to cut the sandwich in half, bring it outside, and eat it out in the open air, so that the signature grease of the sandwich can drip freely, as it’s meant to.
Although some may see this as a niche, maybe even an animalistic way to indulge, the technique has been restated by others, including Pennsylvania-based former Congressman Bob Brady. Brady even called former president Bill Clinton out on his bad behavior when he sat down to eat a cheesesteak at a table while visiting Pat's restaurant in Philadelphia.