National Cheesesteak Day – March 24, 2019

Sun Mar 24

Every March 24 America pays tribute to one of the all-time classic sandwiches — the cheesesteak. Much like national liberty itself, the cheesesteak is elegant, necessary, pure, and was born in Philadelphia. The cheesesteak rose from humble beginnings in South Philly to the cultural icon it is today: safely secure in the sandwich hall of fame. “Eat (ahem, read) on to celebrate National Cheesecake Day.”

National Cheesesteak Day timeline

1966

The Beef Begins

Geno’s Steaks opens right across the streets from Pat’s, fueling a friendly rivalry that rages to this day.

1940

Pat's Steaks Opens

The Oliveris open their now-iconic South Philly restaurant, Pat’s King of Steaks.

1930's

A Legend is Born

The Cheesesteak is created by Pat and Harry Oliveri, hot dog vendors who just so happened to put steak on the grill.

National Cheesesteak Day Activities

  1. Eat a cheesesteak

    This seems obvious, but sometimes the obvious answer is the best. You can roll up your sleeves and craft your own sandwich, or you can pay a professional to do it for you. Just know that if the word Philly is in the name, it may not be the most authentic.

  2. Visit the cheesesteak homeland

    If you have the time and money, take a pilgrimage to the magical land where it all started. There are a shocking amount of official cheesesteak tours of Philadelphia, or you can go off the beaten path your own if you’re feeling adventurous. Just be sure to stop at Pat’s and Geno’s.

  3. Try a vegan cheesesteak

    Cheesesteaks may seem like the last thing that could be made vegan, but there are countless, easy to follow recipes online for plant-based cheesesteaks. If you’re in the mood for a kitchen adventure, try a cheesesteak made from mushrooms, vegetables, soy, wheat, nuts, or pretty much anything else imaginable.

Why We Love National Cheesesteak Day

  1. Gee Whiz!

    Philly cheesesteaks are traditionally served with Cheez Whiz. End of discussion. You can argue this point forever, but that's the way things currently stand in the motherland: Philadelphia, Pa.

  2. Delicious food doesn't have to be fancy

    There’s no denying it – cheesesteaks are downright delicious. They prove that you don’t need all kinds of fancy trimmings and trappings to make a delectable sandwich. Sometimes the only ingredients you need are the ones in the name.

  3. They’re a huge part of Philly culture

    Philly loves Ben Franklin, the Eagles, and cheesesteaks — in that order. They're such an integral part of the city’s culture that they generate tourism. But, whatever you do, don’t call it a “Philly Cheesesteak.” It's just a cheesesteak.

National Cheesesteak Day dates
YearDateDay
2019March 24Sunday
2020March 24Tuesday
2021March 24Wednesday
2022March 24Thursday
2023March 24Friday