HEADQUARTERS HOURS:

Mon - ‎Thu 11am till 8pm
Fri 11am till 9pm

Sat 11am till 8pm
Sun 11am till 6pm

  

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Our new "Mobile Headquarters"
will be at these Street Fairs:

Trenton - June 24-25-26

Wyandotte - July 13-14-15-16

Allen Park - August 5-6

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  Our History

We Started in the festival business in the mid 1980’s. Our original name Geoffrey’s Cheesesteaks.We are family owned and operated since its inception. The Name changed to CIA – Cheesesteak Institute of America in 2008
 

Pat's
Steaks

Cheesesteak History

Geno's
Steaks

It is widely accepted that the cheesesteak sandwich was born in South Philadelphia sometime during the 1930's at Pat's Steaks on the corner of 9th and Passyunk streets. This corner is also the home of another cheesesteak legend, Geno's Steaks, directly across from Pat's. South  Philadelphia steak houses, such as Jim's Steaks and Dalesandro's, also are world renown for their cheesesteak sandwiches.

Some sources say that the sandwich was originally thin sliced ribeye marinated in pizza sauce (more commonly known as a Pizza Steak today) until Pat's put cheese on it. Therefore, South Philly, especially the corner of 9th and Passyunk, have become "Mecca" to cheesesteak loving people everywhere. It stands to reason, then, when in the
"City of Brotherly Love" one does not order a "Philly Cheesesteak" or a "Philly"; they order a "Cheesesteak". It is outside of metropolitan Philadelphia that the terms "Philly" and "Cheesesteak" are synonymous and interchangeable.

Through the years, the "Philly" has developed into a versatile and adaptable sandwich from its basic roots of steak and cheese on a roll. When I say roll, I mean an Amoroso Roll, baked only in Philadelphia!  Regionally, there are several variations. For instance, in the Midwest one will find onions, mushrooms and White American Cheese as the norm most times. In Wisconsin, cheddar cheese, obviously, makes for a tasty sandwich. Out west, onions, green peppers and Monterey Jack cheese are common. Also Mexican and southwest fare are big influences on the sandwich: olives, sour cream and Jalapeno peppers. In California and along the Pacific Coast, the sourdough is the roll of choice. In Texas and the South, coleslaw, baked beans and pepper jack cheese are also found.

These all make for some unique and great tasting sandwiches. For the "Cheesesteak purist", most of these variations are considered sacrilege.

  

2016 Summer Events

Bring your C.I.A Agent card out and see us at these locations.

Trenton Summer Festival
June 24  
June
25  
June 26 
Wyandotte Street Art Fair
July 13 
July
14 
July 15 
July 16 
Allen Park Street Fair
August 5
August
6

  
Contact us

CHEESESTEAK INSTITUTE OF AMERICA
3037 Biddle Ave.
Wyandotte, MI 48192
 
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734-530-3037
 
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