Steve’s Prince of Steaks, founded three decades ago in a corner store near Roosevelt Mall in Northeast Philly, is coming downtown.
Growing up in northeast Philadelphia, Steve Iliescu has always known the value of a good cheesesteak and its importance in the cultural scene of this city. As a boy, Iliescu made trips to Center City to get the beloved sandwich at the likes of Pat’s and Geno’s, sparking what would become a lifelong passion.
If Steve’s Prince of Steaks had a South Philly Location, there would no longer be a Pat’s-vs.-Geno’s feud, because both would, quite possibly, be run out of town.
In these health-conscious times, people sometimes act like they’re too good to chow down on a Philly cheese-steak — that elemental ooze of protein, fat and onions on a roll — but it’s funny how vehemently everyone defends their own personal best.