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Fri 11am till 9pm
Sat 11am till 8pm
Sun 11am till 6pm

    

 

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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.

  

Events

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

Trenton Summer Festival
June 27  
June
28  
June 29 
Wyandotte Street Art Fair
July
July 1
July 11 
July 12 
Allen Park Street Fair
August 1
August
2

  
Contact us

CHEESESTEAK INSTITUTE OF AMERICA
3037 Biddle Ave.
Wyandotte, MI 48192
 
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734-530-3037
 
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Agent 630 Curious about pricing on pre-packaged cheesesteaks. Plan on opening a bar next year and this would make a great item.
Thanks for the info.
Agent 631 Interested in selling at festivals and buying cheesesteaks.
Agent 634 You have one of the greatest cheese steaks. Yesterday you were in South Lyon, MI. Got talking with one of the guys making them & he gave us one of your business cards. So I'm signing up to your e-mail list. The first time my husband & I tried your cheese steaks was in Wyandotte, MI last summer. Also love the hot-sauce. We are planning on going back up there today. Yours are the best.
Agent 635 The Best cheese steak I ever had, fantastic!
Agent 626 I Love The CIA!
Agent 621 Your Cheesestk's are the EUGEST!!!!
Agent 623 The best Cheese Steaks ever.
Agent 618 Best cheesesteak We have ever had!!! Saw you in Wyandotte and now I hooked...
Agent 616 You are the main reason I go to the Wyandotte Street Fair.
Agent 615 Hey guys..., when do I get my first assignment??
Agent 610 You're cheesesteaks are the bomb-diggity. Buy American!!!
Agent 612 We always live on Cheesesteak during the Wyandotte Street Fair!!Looking forward to Allen Parks and more cheesesteak!!!!
Agent 604 Your cheesesteaks kick ass!
Agent 606 YOOOOOOOO,I LOVE YOUR STEAK ESPECIALLY WHEN ITS SIZZLING HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Agent 598 Cheesesteak Institute of America has the best cheesesteaks ever!
Agent 546 Here you go Greg, now get that store open.
Agent 608 My Wife and I love your food. We have a blast every time we find one of your stands. Strawberry Festival (belleville) and the Wyandotte street fair so far. Keep in touch and let us know where you will be next. And Keep up the good work and the great food.
Russ & Jenn Murphy
Agent 540 Best Cheesesteaks ever!!!
Agent 526 I'm a big fan of your cheesesteak sandwiches at the Wyandotte Street Fair!!!
Agent 528 Love your product. Can't wait to see a franchise near my home.
Agent 663 LOVE IT!!!
Agent 661 Best cheesesteak I have had since I left Philadelphia.
Agent 660 :-)
Agent 655 We love you guys!!!
Agent 653 Milford Memories
Agent 648 Agent 543 referred me. Raved about the benefits of being an agent. Also raved about the events at the Allen Park fair. I can't wait to become an agent.
Agent 647 My Cousin and I Have followed you from location to location again all summer...
Agent 643 I am a Philadelphian who spent a portion of my teens (1967-69) at Pat's.  Your sandwich is better than #?!#@ and I always get my steak fix at the Wyan St Fair and talk with your sons.  Need to know where I can buy meat from you.  I have 10 children and...
Agent 642 I'm addicted!!
Agent 640 I need to purchase the rights to vintage photos of Pat's & Geno's - can you please e-mail me about this?
Agent 639 I found you because i have been going to Geoffery's since i was a baby!!!
Agent 638 I would like you to come to the trenton mid summer festival  call me about application.
Agent 635 The Best cheese steak I ever had, fantastic!
Agent 634 You have one of the greatest cheese steaks. Yesterday you were in South Lyon, MI. Got talking with one of the guys making them & he gave us one of your business cards. So I'm signing up to your e-mail list. The first time my husband & I tried your chees...
Agent 632 How do I order royal meats?
Agent 631 Interested in selling at festivals and buying cheesesteaks.
Agent 630 Curious about pricing on pre-packaged cheesesteaks.  Plan on opening a bar next year and this would make a great item.  Thanks for the info.
Agent 626 I Love The CIA!
Agent 623 The best Cheese Steaks ever.
Agent 621 Your Cheesestk's are the EUGEST!!!!
Agent 618 Best cheesesteak We have ever had!!! Saw you in Wyandotte and now I hooked...
Agent 616 You are the main reason I go to the Wyandotte Street Fair.
Agent 615 Hey guys..., when do I get my first assignment??
Agent 612 We always live on Cheesesteak during the Wyandotte Street Fair!!Looking forward to Allen Parks and more cheesesteak!!!!
Agent 610 You're cheesesteaks are the bomb-diggity. Buy American!!!
Agent 608 My Wife and I love your food.  We have a blast every time we find one of your stands.  Strawberry Festival (belleville) and the Wyandotte street fair so far.  Keep in touch and let us know where you will be next. And Keep up the good work and the great ...
Agent 606 YOOOOOOOO,I LOVE YOUR STEAK ESPECIALLY WHEN ITS SIZZLING HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Agent 604 Your cheesesteaks kick ass!
Agent 598 Cheesesteak Institute of America has the best cheesesteaks ever!
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Agent 546 Here you go Greg, now get that store open.
Agent 540 Best Cheesesteaks ever!!!
Agent 528 Love your product. Can't wait to see a franchise near my home.
Agent 526 I'm a big fan of your cheesesteak sandwiches at the Wyandotte Street Fair!!!
Agent 522 I look forward to eating a couple of your cheesesteaks every year at the Wyandotte Street/Art Fair.
Agent 521 I live behind CIA headquarters.
Agent 520 who's your daddy?
Agent 515 the cia 
Agent 514 Is there really anbody out there?
Agent 513 Hello my friend, told you I would sign up tonight, can't wait for (shhhhhhhhhhh) your New Venture. Good seeing you! Be in touch, God Bless, Carole
Agent 507 Have been a regular of yours at the various downriver street fairs and always look forward to the next one.
Agent 505 Love your cheesesteak!!
Agent 503 I FOUND OUT WHEN MY DAD AND UNCLE BOUGHT IT.LETS JUST SAY CHEESTEAKS RUN IN THE ARNOLDY FAMILY!
Agent 502 Can you please send the card to the UK and what do you mean by "company"?
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