Battle of the Dishes

Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich Meltdown: Philadelphia Sandwich vs. Big B's Hangover

Thanks to Philadelphia restaurateurs Pat and Harry Olivieri, hungry meat lovers have been enjoying what is now known as the Philly Cheesesteak sandwich since the 1930s. The original sandwich was lacking the crucial "cheese" component, but that was remedied later with the addition of mild provolone (Cheez Whiz didn't make its debut until the 1950s but is now considered the quintessential cheesesteak cheese).

Since then, the combination of fried steak and melty cheese on a soft roll has become a staple in Old Town Scottsdale's late-night diet with help from the 24-hour eatery Philadelphia Sandwich Company.

The sandwich institution, which sat at the corner of Fifth Ave and Scottsdale Road for the past seven years, recently picked up and moved to the giant space that once housed the shuttered White House club, next to the Dos Gringos on Craftsman Court.

So what took over their old spot? Another cheesesteak sandwich shop, duh.

Big B's Hangover is the new kid on the block, serving late-night hot steak and chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, and sliders.

So of course, we had to pit them against their predecessors.

May the best cheesesteak win!

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Shannon Armour
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