World famous Chef Jose Andres opens first restaurant in Philadelphia

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Chef Jose Andres has finally landed in Philadelphia, celebrating the grand opening of Beefsteak at 34th and Spruce Streets on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. (WPVI)

The newest addition to the dining options at the University of Pennsylvania is really upping the on-campus, culinary game.

World-renowned chef Jose Andres is opening his very first restaurant here in Philadelphia.

For years, foodies have been anxiously waiting for Chef Andres to come to town.

Spanish-native Andres has won multiple James Beard awards and his restaurants have been a food staple in Washington D.C.

He has finally landed in Philadelphia, celebrating the grand opening of Beefsteak at 34th and Spruce on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.

Chef Andres calls the concept fast good - kind of like fast food, but whole, healthy grab-and-go options.

He says the veggies are crazy, cool and he even chuckles that they are sexy.

Andres calls the recipes a taste of his childhood.

The restaurant's signature burger is a beefsteak burger - as in beefsteak tomato!

"Let me tell you, when I grew up in Spain my mother always made me a sandwich with mayo and a beautiful steak of tomato. I came to American and I found out that we had also the BLT. In this case we're taking away the bacon but we are bringing the bread and the lettuce and the mayo and the mustard and the beautiful juicy tomato. When you eat that - I'm sorry for the beef, I'm a burger guy too - but in the middle of the summer there's nothing like a true beefsteak tomato sandwich," said Andres.

He says America is an amazing farmland - especially here in the Philadelphia area - and he is so excited to showcase all of our beautiful bounty.

Andres opened the first Beefsteak last year on the campus of George Washington University and says he's so excited to bring the concept to Philadelphia.

And bonus - Penn students can also use their dining plans at Beefsteak!

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