Happy Birthday, Calvin!

Calvin’s World Famous South Philly Cheesesteaks on the Alameda is celebrating its namesake’s birthday on Monday, August 31. From 9:00AM to 8:00PM they’re offering a special price of $6.69 for their regular cheesesteak sandmich to recipients of their email list. (That’s right, sandmich—if you want a sandwich stay home and eat PB&J.) I think the intent is for you to print the email and bring it in as a coupon. Click the photo link below for a copy of the email. If you’re not on the list, let this be an incentive to you to go in and sign up.

From 6:00PM until 8:00PM they’re serving birthday cake. That got your attention.

The owner of Calvin’s is the playfully gruff but warmly gregarious Jonne Aleeson. He named the restaurant for his son Calvin. I assume it’s Calvin’s birthday and not Jonne’s nor the restaurant’s. I’ll try to confirm this because I’d hate for you to blunder in and wish a happy birthday to the wrong person or entity. I think you forfeit your cake rights if you do that.

My family all love Calvin’s cheesesteaks and other items. The uncompromising attention to detail make every bite deliciously authentic. We’re bummed we can’t be there Monday to enjoy some cake and steak but we promise to make it up to Calvin (and ourselves) soon. So please do go for us. And tell them All Camino sent you.


Sparing no journalistic expense, I made a call to Calvin’s to corroborate some details of the birthday. First, it is not the son’s birthday, it is indeed the owner’s birthday. Though his name is not Calvin, he’s happy to answer to “Mr. Calvin.” So, happy birthday, Mr. Calvin! Second, I tried to ascertain what kind of cake they’re serving, specifically if it’s cheesecake (get it?). The woman I spoke to wasn’t sure, but whatever it is I’m sure it will be tasty.

Calvins Birthday Special

Calvin’s World Famous South Philly Cheesesteaks & Hoagies

1411 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126

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