A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 27, 2006
Texas Philly (sandwich)

A “Texas Philly” is a Philadelphia cheesteak sandwich with jalapeños. The “Philly” is a steak sandwich with Cheez Whiz, popularized by Pat’s King of Steaks in Philadelphia.

The “Texas Philly” with poblanos and queso blanco is a popular item at the various Waterloo Ice House locations in Austin, Texas. It is not known if the “Texas Philly” was first created in Austin, but it might have been.


Pat’s King of Steaks, Philadelphia, PA
Pat’s King of Steaks® was founded by Pat Olivieri in 1930. Pat had a modest hotdog 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. The cabbie took one bite and said to Pat, “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. What a hit!

Pat’s King of Steaks Philadelphia Cheese Steak recipe
The Original
Pat’s King of Steaks® Philadelphia Cheese Steak recipe

For all the people who can not get to South Philadelphia to get the Original. here is the recipe for you home chefs.
Serves 4

24oz thin sliced rib eye or eye roll steak
6 table spoons of Soya bean oil
Cheese {we recommend Cheez Whiz®} American or Provolone works fine
4 crusty Italian Rolls
1 large Spanish onion

Optional
sweet green and red peppers sautéed in oil
Mushrooms sautéed in oil

Assembly
Heat an iron skillet or a non stick pan over medium heat
add3 table spoons of oil to the pan and sauté the onions to desired doneness
remove the onions
add the remaining oil and sauté the slices of meat quickly on both sides
melt the cheez Whiz® in a double boiler or in the microwave
place 6oz. of the meat into the rolls
add onions, and pour the Cheez Whiz® over top
garnish with hot or fried sweet peppers, mushrooms, ketchup
Put on the theme song to the first Rocky movie and enjoy! 

Waterloo Ice House, Austin, TX
Texas Philly
Marinated sirloin steak or chicken grilled with onions and poblanos and queso blanco.

Cap Rock Cafe, Lubbock, TX
Texas Philly Sandwich
Sliced Roast Beef with Pecos Queso, Grilled Onions, and Jalapeños on a French roll. 

Rogers Hotel, Waxahatchie, TX
The Texas Philly - - - Seasoned and Seared Thin Sliced Strip Sirloin with Sauteed Onions, and Melted Jalapeno Jack Cheese on a Hoagie Roll with Fries

L. A. Gourmet, New York, NY
Texas Philly Steak - Served on a Hero with Fried Onion, Pepper, American Cheese with B.B.Q. Sauce

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Sunday, August 27, 2006 • Permalink