When Mark Zuckerberg comes to Philadelphia, he orders like a Philadelphian and opts for a cheesesteak.
But unlike most locals he rode up to The Original Pat’s King of Steaks in a limousine.
The Facebook CEO on Sunday posted a picture of himself ordering a cheesesteak at one of the city’s most well-known eateries. The limousine was out of the frame.
The caption reads: ‘Traveled all the way to Philadelphia for the best cheesesteak in the land.’
‘Traveled all the way to Philadelphia for the best cheesesteak in the land’: Zuckerberg ordered the city’s namesake sandwich on Sunday during his road trip across America
He is currently on a road trip to every state across the country in an attempt to learn more about the average American Facebook user.
Employees of Pat’s say the tech billionaire even knows how to order the sandwich like a local, saying ‘Whiz wit’ to let cooks know that he wanted his steaks topped with Cheez Whiz and onions.
An employee told DailyMail.com it is not clear if he left a tip, but it would have been atypical to leave one since it is a cash-only establishment and there is no tip jar: ‘It’s not that kind of place where you tip since there aren’t servers.’
According to Philly.com, he paid $66 cash for six steaks. Zuckerberg and his entourage ate outside and he shook hands with the staff.
Pat’s night manager Michael Boninfante tells KYW-TV that it was ‘really cool to find out that a guy larger than life, at the end of the day, is just a normal guy.’
Though Zuckerberg has claimed he is not running for office, Pat’s is a common Philly photo op spot for politicians.
For example: President Barack Obama was pictured ordering a cheesesteak at the modest, cash-only restaurant while he was running for president in 2008. Former Secretary of State John Kerry and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker have also taken photos at Pat’s.
President Trump stopped by Geno’s, another famous cheesesteak hot-spot. Philadelphia, a key swing state, went to Obama in 2008 and Trump in 2016.
In 2008, President Barack Obama was pictured ordering a cheesesteak while on the campaign trail in Philadelphia
Zuckerberg’s post led to a spirited debate through Facebook comments, with some saying Pat’s was a ‘tourist trap’ and that other eateries such as Geno’s were more authentic
Zuckerberg’s posted the photo for his 97 million Facebook followers. The comment section turned into a spirited debate about where was the best cheesesteak spot in Philly.
While many praised the Facebook CEO for choosing Pat’s, many said there were more ‘authentic’ cheesesteaks in the city. Many people recommended Geno’s, Sonny’s or Jim’s.
One person commented: ‘Worst possible choice.. You fell right into their tourist trap.’