The Great Philly Cheesesteak Debate

By Danny Hizami

There are just famous foods in the world that only works when it’s done a certain way and only with the right ingredients. The Philly cheesesteak is one of them. There has been much debate in Philadelphia, the birth place of cheesesteak, on which restaurant serves the best cheesesteak in the word. Is it Pat’s or Geno’s?

Well, the fact of the matter is that it’s a matter of personal preference. Although everyone agrees that the meat has to be rib-eye, there are some people who would like the beef chopped while it’s being stir-fried. On the other hand, other people would prefer to have meat cooked in thin slices instead. The people who don’t want it shredded believe that if the meat has to be chopped, it means that it is probably a little bit tough to begin with.

In addition, there are those who want cheese on their cheesesteak, and there some people who don’t. In which case, Phillies don’t call the sandwich a cheesesteak anymore but simply a “steak”. For those who do order the sandwich with cheese, there are three main choices: Provolone, Cheez Whiz, and American cheese.

Some would say that provolone is the only thing that should be used in the Philly cheesesteak. Provolone is an Italian cheese and the fact that the creator of the Philly cheesesteaks, Pat & Harry Olivieri, are of Italian decent, choosing Provolone makes perfect sense. But then there are those who argue that Cheez Whiz or American cheese is the perfect match. According to history, Cheez Whiz became popular when back in the days, many parents had to fix their children’s launch easily and quickly.

However with all these debate, all Philly cheesesteak aficionados would agree that it’s the bread that makes the food special. The bread just has to be Amoroso Rolls. This type of bread is firm and crisp on the outside but soft and fluffy on the inside. It can hold the huge amount of beef, onions, and cheese inside without the sandwich breaking apart when you bite it.

With the evolution of the Philly cheesesteak, people now can add different toppings on it, from peppers, mushrooms, mayonnaise, hot sauce, salt, pepper and ketchup. Philadelphians are very proud about their city’s sandwich. As one cheesesteak lover said, it could be the greasiest and fattiest but most delicious thing you could ever have in your entire life. A cheesesteak sandwich is surely not for the faint hearted, it’s juicy and overwhelmingly delightful for any foodie.

Danny Hizami is the owner and founder of Figueroa Philly, voted to be the Best Cheesesteak in LA. Figueroa Philly uses only Amoroso Rolls shipped in from Philadelphia and rib eye meat for its cheesesteak. Located in 3850 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90037, you can contact Danny at (213) 748-9073. You can also visit

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