National Cheesesteak Day
National Cheesesteak Day is observed next on Sunday, March 24th, 2024 (288 days from today).
National Cheese Day on March 24 celebrates an American classic, the cheeseburger. Born in Philadelphia, the sandwich, also known as Philly cheese, is made with melted cheese topped with thinly sliced steaks inside a long hoagie roll.
Origin of National Cheesesteak Day
There is no official evidence about the origin and founder of National Cheese Day. It could have been created by a cheese aficionado, or by a restaurant that wanted to advertise their cheese deals, we'll probably never know.
And similar to its anniversary, the origins of the cheeseburgers are not unknown, but they are heavily debated. It seems no one can agree on how this American classic was invented.
The most popular theory, supported by Philadelphia's travel website, is that two sausage vendors from Philly, Pat and Harry Olivieri, created the cheese in the 1930s. One day, Pat and Harry decided to make a sandwich with grilled sliced beef and onions (original version without cheese), when a taxi driver stopped their hot dog stand and asked to try it. The man recommended Pat and Harry that they should stop selling hot dogs and start selling this steak instead. And they did! The steak sandwiches became so popular that Pat decided to open Pat's King of Steaks, a restaurant that exists open at the present.
Soon, other restaurants embraced the delicacy and began selling their own variations of the cheeseburger. A man named Joe "Cocky Joe" Lorenza, an employee of Pat's, is said to have been the first to add provolone cheese to a cheese sandwich.
You can now eat cheese at family-owned businesses, street food carts, fast food chains, and even high-end restaurants. It has really become a Philadelphia institution, so divisive that you can even match the steakhouses in Philly, and most people in Philly have a very strong opinion of where you can find the best steak.
Why we love National Cheesesteak Day
- Gee Whiz!
Philly cheese is traditionally served with Cheez Whiz. End the discussion. You could argue forever on this point, but that's the way things are now at home: Philadelphia, Father.
- Delicious food but no fancy
There's no denying it - the grilled cheese is delicious. They prove that you don't need all sorts of fancy decorations and traps to make a delicious sandwich.
- They are an important part of Philly culture
Philly loves Ben Franklin, the Eagle, and the cheesecake - in that order. They are an integral part of the city's culture and they generate tourism. However, whatever you do, don't call it "Philly Cheese." It's just a piece of cheese.
Celebrating National Cheesesteak Day
This seems to be an obvious one. The only way to truly honor this American classic is to eat a cheeseburger today.
Many restaurants offer National Cheese Day deals on March 24, so you can enjoy this iconic sandwich at a discounted price (maybe even go for two full meals? It's a special day anyway.) It's even better if you're lucky enough to live in Philadelphia, but even if you're not, there's still a chance that some of the restaurants around you serve cheese.
Are you a cheese enthusiast? Then if you have the chance, why not travel to the place where it all started? Visit Philadelphia and take a tour of all the steakhouses to decide once and for all which restaurant serves the best burgers.
If you love to cook then roll up your sleeves and show off your delicious cheese sandwich. Why do not hold a party and invite some friends to have a great National Cheesesteak Day together.
ObservedNational Cheesesteak Day has been observed annually on March 24th.
Thursday, March 24th, 2022
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