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Eating & drinking

Philadelphia is a great city for eating with several local specialities that won't break the budget. It is most famous for the cheese steaks, hoagies and soft pretzels.

The iconic Philadelphia cheese steak is made with sliced beef and melted cheese on an Italian roll. It was invented in the 1930s by hot dog vendors Pat and Harry Olivieri. Cheesesteaks are available throughout Philadelphia but Pat’s King of Steaks (1237 E Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia) - the original founded by the cheese steak’s inventor - and Geno's Steaks (1219 S 9th Street, Philadelphia) across the road are considered the best in Philadelphia and most locals have an opinion on which makes the best cheese steak. Other places where you can get an authentic Philadelphia cheese steak include Dalessandro’s (600 Wendover Avenue, Philadelphia), Jim’s Steaks (400 South Street, Philadelphia), John’s Roast Pork (14 Snyder Avenue, Philadelphia) and Rick’s Steak (12th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia) in Reading Terminal Market.

A similar sandwich is the roast pork Italian, which is made of sliced roast pork with broccoli rabe or spinach and provolone cheese. John’s Roast Pork (14 Snyder Avenue, Philadelphia) is the place to try one of these.

Another popular Philadelphia sandwich is the hoagie, made of meat and cheese with lettuce, tomatoes, and onions on an Italian roll. It is similar to what, elsewhere, would be called a hero or submarine sandwich.

The Italian Market on 9th Street in South Philadelphia and Reading Terminal Market on Market Street in Center City Philadelphia are two excellent fresh food markets.


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