Anthony “Big Tony” Blaylock was born and raised In Western Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, affectionately known as “West Philly.” A graduate of Temple University, Anthony partnered in a successful catering business for five years before launching his own business.
Anthony made his first “Philly” back in 1970. and is considered a cheesesteak connoisseur. Moving to Texas in 1995, his goal was to open an authentic cheesesteak restaurant.
To hone his craft, and refine his business acumen, Anthony opened a Fred’s Downtown Philly Cheesesteaks in Allen, TX in June of 2009, gaining valuable experience that paved the way for his own business.
Wishing to expand the Philly Cheesesteak experience, Anthony initiated his own enterprise, founding Big Tony’s West Philly Cheesesteak in 2013. The company’s first location was in Allen, Texas, and several others soon followed.
Today, Big Tony’s West Philly Cheesesteak is recognized as the best cheesesteak restaurant in Texas, bringing together a family friendly atmosphere with food that is unlike anything else in the great State of Texas: rich, flavorful, and wholly unique.