South Street Cheesesteaks (SSC) is pleased to offer a traditional Philadelphia cuisine and Philadelphia experience to the Bay Area. SSC looks forward to serving real cheesesteaks enthusiasts and making new cheesesteak enthusiasts for years to come.
As the story goes…Pat Olivier invented the cheesesteak in the 1930s. Olivieri was a hot dog vendor in South Philadelphia who decided to grill some beef from the butcher and put it on an Italian roll. A cab driver caught a whiff and asked for a steak sandwich. Word spread rapidly through the cabbie rumor mill, and drivers from all over the city soon visited Olivieri for steak sandwiches. Olivieri eventually opened up Pat’s King of Steaks on 9th Street and Passyunk Avenue. Cheese was added to the mix in the 1940s by Pat’s manager Joe Lorenza.
Named after one of the EDGIEST streets in Philadelphia, South Street is a melting pot of various groups and cultures. For decades: locals, visitors, teenagers, adults, preppies, punks, artists, and attorneys all mix seamlessly together on the storied boulevard. South Street is always buzzing with activity, whether on a Tuesday afternoon or a Friday night. Shoppers searching for a statement-making look, music lovers who want to catch an up-and-coming band, and MOST importantly locals and visitors hungry for a cheesesteak head to South Street.