I hope you didn't have the pushers unscrewed while running the gauntlet?
Please explain, what is a cheesesteak? I have this godawful image of an indigestible Big Mac stuffed with an oozing mass of oily cheese...say it isn't so!
But infinitely better, too. I will let visitphilly.com answer your question, but I will provide a wonderful photo for you. These are the two historical purveyors of Cheesesteak battling for supremecy - Pats and Genos. Obviously, Geno prefers without, while Pat prefers "wit".
What Is a Cheesesteak?
A cheesesteak is a long, crusty roll filled with thinly sliced sautéed ribeye beef and melted cheese. Generally, the cheese of choice is Cheez Whiz, but American and provolone are common substitutions. The art of cheesesteak preparation lies in the balance of flavors, textures and what is often referred to as the “drip” factor. Other toppings may include fried onions, sautéed mushrooms, ketchup and hot or sweet peppers.
Some sandwich shops also offer a cheesesteak hoagie, a hybrid version that combines the cheesesteak with cold hoagie dressings like lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. Cheesesteaks are fast, portable and readily available at steak shops, delis, food trucks, pizzerias and even some high-end restaurants throughout the region.
Everyone agrees that the cheesesteak, the celebrated Philadelphia sandwich invented by Pat Olivieri in 1930, should be made with chopped beef and melted cheese. The degree to which said beef is chopped and the type of cheese to be melted, however, is where there remains plenty of debate among cheesesteak aficionados.
(Note the lack of ironic quotation marks around the word cheese when referring to Cheez Whiz and American as the two most prevalent options.)