PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia is the home of the cheesesteak and March 24 was National Cheesesteak Day, where better to celebrate?
Several cheesesteak establishments had deals to celebrate the occasion.
Cheesesteaks are often imitated, but they’re never duplicated. On Thursday, the whole country celebrated our love of the cheesesteak. To celebrate the occasion, the National Cheesesteak Festival thanked some officers from the Philadelphia Police Department.
However, the cheesesteak wouldn’t exactly be a Philly tradition without some conflict…i.e. Pat’s and Geno’s.
Story has it that the first cheesesteak dates back to 1930 and the creator was The Original Pat’s, but with Geno’s, just across the street, the feud has been going on for decades. “Over the course of the years, it’s gotten a little heated,” said Geno’s manager Jeff Veres. “All you got to do is look at our line. Look at our pavement compared to their’s.”
One family from Utah was in town and had their first experience with the cheesesteak. While their Philadelphia tour guide is a Pat’s fan, they wanted Geno’s.
As cheesy as it sounds, though we may share on this one day of the year, cheesesteaks will forever be just a Philly thing.