There are pluses and minuses to being known for a regional specialty, but we think that on balance, it’s pretty okay to be notorious for something like cheesesteaks. Sure, it means that on a national level, other foods in Philly can get overlooked, but it’s also something recognizable. That, and they’re famous for a reason.
One little corner of the internet, Campfire Goods, is doing their part to champion (or is it perpetuate?) regional food truths/myths/stereotypes with a series of t-shirts. We are partial to this one:
Not sure that we’d go around wearing one of these, but the intent is something that we can get behind!