The donut cheesesteak burger is indeed a real thing, and you can currently order one — or in my case, two — from Northern Liberties’ PYT in Philadelphia.
The burger has appeared in prior write-ups from CBS Philadelphia and a few other media outlets, but it’s just now starting to make the viral rounds. There’s even a good chance you’ve seen it turn up in your Facebook feed.
PYT, already known for an unbelievably creative burger menu, really went all out when developing this thing. According to CBS:
“The Donut Cheesesteak Burger consists of a glazed donut split in half and grilled. Next, the beef patty is added and topped with cheddar. Then add the Philly cheesesteak — a ‘Whiz Wit’ — topped with cheese whiz and fried onions.
“‘We put it out on Facebook and about an hour later people were coming in an asking for it,’ Up said.
“Up says the Donut Cheesesteak Burger will be on the menu for the next two weeks.
“‘There’s always a possibility we’ll keep it around, it will definitely be up to our customers and fans. If they really like it, there’s also a possibility to go on our permanent menu,’ Up said.
In a separate report from NBC Philadelphia, Up acknowledged that the Donut Cheesesteak Burger does have its critics.
“Every time we come out with something that’s pretty extraordinary we get a lot of comments from people online about how unhealthy it is,” Up said. “But I know those are the burgers that’ll do really well when we get extreme reactions.”
To combat what health critics are saying, Up says that, like anything else, PYT burgers should only be eaten in moderation.
“Personally, for a guy who runs a burger joint, I eat very healthy 90 percent of the time,” he said. “The 10 percent of the time I want the craziest thing I can eat.”
As for you, future PYT customer, there is always a chance that one of your suggestions could end up on the menu.
“We’re open to suggestions from everyone who works here and our customers,” Up said. “At the end of the day the best idea wins. I have a really talented chef [Kim Malcolm] who’s been with us since day one. We’ll come up with an idea or concept or we’ll see something. Then I might say, ‘this donut will look really good on a cheesesteak. Kim you’ve got to make this happen!'”
Would you eat the Donut Cheesesteak Burger?