Philly3So you are on a business trip to Trenton, NJ and you have to fly into Philadelphia, rent a car and drive to your final destination.

You and a colleague arrive in Philadelphia just after noon and don’t need to be in Trenton until that evening. You’re both hungry. Your colleague suggests trying to find one of those famous Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches.

You have the perfect solution: “let’s stop in South Philadelphia on the way to Trenton and get at Cheesesteak at the world famous Pat’s King of Steaks – ‘The Originator and Inventor of the Steak & Cheese Steak Sandwiches.’”

Philly4About Pat’s King of Steaks: “Pat’s King of Steaks was founded by Pat Olivieri in 1930. Pat had a modest hot-dog stand at the base of the famous Italian Market in South Philadelphia. One day he decided to have something quite different for lunch, so he sent for some chopped meat from the butcher shop. He cooked the meat on his hot dog grill, placed the meat onto an Italian roll, and dressed it with some onions. Just as he went to take a bite, a cab driver who ate a hot dog everyday asked what he had there. Pat said that it was his lunch. The cabbie insisted that Pat make him one. ‘Hey…..forget ’bout those hot dogs, you should sell these.’ The steak sandwich was born. As the years passed, both employees and customers alike demanded change…cheese was added.”

OK, the scenario above really happened and I was the “you” – and our trip to Pat’s was the perfect way to make our business trip bearable. I had my steak sandwich with provolone and it was DELICIOUS. I only eat beef a couple of times a year and I am so happy that Pat’s was one of those times. Pat’s is open 24×7 year round – closed only on Christmas and Thanksgiving.

Pat’s King of Steaks is located at 1237 E. Passyunk Avenue (at the intersection of Wharton and 9th) in Philadelphia, PA.

Meanwhile, our view while eating at Pat’s sidewalk tables was this mural of legendary singers and musicians who called South Philly home – part of the Philadelphia’s wonderful Mural Arts Program:


Learn more about Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program here.