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Nominated for: BEST Cheesesteak
Third Generation and Founding Family of the Philadelphia Steak sandwich.
While there are many pretenders to the throne,- Pat Olivieri, the self-proclaimed "King of Steaks", is widely believed to have invented the Philadelphia Cheese Steak sandwich during the Depression days of 1932.As the story goes, Olivieri grew tired f eating hot dogs day after day at his South Philly hot dog stand. So, one day he threw a few thin slices of steak and some onions on the griddle, and piled it all into a hot dog roll.
A passing cab driver smelled the aroma of steak and offered to buy the sandwich for a whopping 10 cents. Word of Pat's creation began to spread and his quick lunch was soon transformed into a Philadelphia institution. Olivieri's stand later became Pat's King of Steaks.
By the 1940s, cheese was added to the sandwich, and by the '50s, stars such as Bogart and Sinatra discovered cheese steak and spread the word across the country.
Today, Rick Olivieri, Pat's grandson, operates Rick's Steaks "Downstairs at the Bellevue" in the Gourmet food court. Broad and Walnut Sts.
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