munchies.vice.com – The BK at 15 S. 8th Street in the city has refused to serve the sandwich, out of respect for the “traditional recipe.”
In the past several decades, Philadelphians have repeatedly illustrated that they’re not the kind of people that you’d intentionally fuck with. In the late 1960s, Philadelphia Eagles fans famously booed a 19-year-old kid dressed as Santa Claus, right before they started pelting him with snowballs. The Philadelphia Flyers just introduced their new mascot, Gritty, a wild-eyed carpet remnant that would slash your Achilles tendons if you said “Go Rangers” within its earshot. And when an off-duty cop got a group of drunk fans ejected from a Phillies game, an otherwise uninvolved man took a seat behind the officer, stuck his fingers down his throat and vomited on the guy’s 11-year-old daughter.
So no, we wouldn’t try to incite anyone within the 215 or 267 area codes—but Burger King is apparently braver than we are. The chain is about to release the Philly Cheese King, a cheesesteak-style burger, which it said was a necessity because of the “fundamental flaw” in OG cheesesteaks. “Burger King is bringing their flame grilling expertise to the traditional Philly cheesesteak recipe,” it said in a press release. “The brand created this innovation based on the classic recipe, using more than half pound of flame-grilled 100% beef, caramelized onions and American Cheese.”
Burger King itself is asserting that cheesesteaks need to be flame-grilled and need to involve a burger patty, and it claims that some Philadelphians aren’t standing for it. Or at least one Philadelphian isn’t, kind of. The BK at 15 S. 8th Street in the city has refused to serve the sandwich, out of respect for the “traditional recipe,” a protest that probably would’ve had more teeth if it wasn’t announced in the third paragraph of that press release. “This restaurant is in the heart of Philly, and decided in order to honor their sacred Philadelphia Cheesesteak, they will not be selling the Philly Cheese King,” a Burger King spokesperson told MUNCHIES.
I wanna applaud this Burger King for stepping and saying no to serving a Philly inspired burger topped with cheese steak meat and wiz. I love Burger King, hate on me all you want, its delicious and they know not to fuck with the king of sandwiches while in their house. Game recognizes game if you must. The king of burgers knowing that they can’t compete with even the shittiest of cheese steak joints in the city. But on a side note I will be stopping at my local BK and chowing down on this thing as soon as possible!