Cheesesteak (Philadelphia) from NBA Playoffs 2012 Food Fight Slideshow

NBA Playoffs 2012 Food Fight Slideshow

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Cheesesteak (Philadelphia)
Cheesesteak Origins: The story goes that South Philadelphia hot dog vendor Pat Olivieri put some beef from the butcher on his grill and a taxicab driver noticed the alluring aroma and asked for his own steak sandwich. The next day, rumor of the delicious lunch had spread, and cabbies around the city came to Olivieri demanding steak sandwiches. Soon after, Olivieri opened Pats King of Steaks on Ninth Street and Passyunk Avenue. Cheese was eventually added to the recipe, according to the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, a private, nonprofit organization that promotes leisure travel to Philadelphia and the countryside.