Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

Cheesesteaks

The Cheesesteak

An image of a cheese steak on a paper wrapper, with a cup of ketchup and a cup of peppers beside it.

From Tony Luke’s in South Philadelphia, the cheesesteak. (Photograph by J. Varney for the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp.)

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From Tony Luke’s in South Philadelphia, the sandwich that originated in 1930 as a vendor’s alternative to the hot dog. Shown here with grilled onion and Cheez Whiz. (Photograph by J. Varney)

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