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From Whiz to accents, King's Authentic dishes classic Philly cheesesteaks

Posted June 24

From the Philadelphia Eagles flag hanging off the truck to the stuffed Rocky Balboa figure, ordering a cheesesteak at from John Kingston is a true Philly experience.

Kingston, a Philadelphia native and owner of King's Authentic Philly Cheesesteaks, uses the traditional cheesesteak ingredients in all of his sandwiches. Then he slathers on the cheese.

"Anybody from Philly, the first thing they say is it has to start out with the roll, you have to have right roll," Kingston said on the 919 Beer podcast. "We use Amaroso rolls. The beef we bring in is from Philly. Fresh onions.

"We do use Cheez Whiz."

If you're not set on the golden, gooey Whiz, he has provolone cheese, too.

For a spicy version, Kingston has the Smokin' Joe Frazier, which adds grilled jalapenos, pepper jack cheese and a homemade chipotle sauce to the beef (or chicken) and grilled onions. The Yo Adrienne tops the steak with onion crisps, Whiz and a sweet barbecue sauce. Then, there's the Ben Franklin: steak, grilled onions, bacon and Whiz.

Whether it's provolone or Whiz, though, everything is as authentically Philadelphia as his accent.


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