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Best Philly in FLA

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1. Sub Center (Hollywood Blvd & 441)

2. Sonny's Famous Steak Hoagies (66th Ave off Taft Hollywood)

3. Flanigans (thru out the Gold Coast)

These are my top three down here in my slice off FLA. Please provide your top three...I know there may be better near here and elsewhere in the great state of FLA, that's precisly why I'm still searching. Your insight is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

as an antidote to the Philly Blues....I ask that you describe said steak sammys in detail.

some say the real philly is with cheesewiz ie Pat's who had a brief stint here in South Beach many moons ago. I was definately not raised on said style. Mine was onions, cheese and steak (sometimes served with Italian sauce-sometimes not).

Here goes my description of the above picks.

1. Sub Center- A Hollywood institution, here since the 60's which is considered a long time here in FLA. They actually meld the onions and chesse into the steak on the griddle. Something several places refuse to do on account of the mess it causes on the griddle. Save room for the best Frozen Custard in the FLA served next door at Siciliano's sister joint. W O W that's G O O D

2. Sonny's is another Hollywood Institution. Very good. No melding of the cheese as I remember, but very tasty! Also offered ala Italiana with red sauce.

3. Flanigans is the best I know of down here in Dade. It's good in a sentimental way. Cheese served on top though. Dade Co has got to have something better? Your town too!

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    s.m. koppelman

    You can get recognizable cheesesteaks readily enough that there's just no reason to get something with a congealed, unitary layer of cheese resting on top of the meat. It should be all melty and marbled into the crevices, no?

    Three acceptable ones without leaving Ft. Lauderdale:

    1. Mr. Nick's Subs on South Andrews. My current favorite, with several variations. The one where they saute the meat in wine is mighty good and not at all gimmicky. Everything sauteed together and the cheese is well integrated.

    2. Spanky's on Oakland Park east of Dixie. Less imaginative, and maybe less TLC but (1) who said you need imagination with a cheesesteak and (2) good enough

    3. Lenny's Subs, a ^&%*&% franchise out of Kentucky or something, on SE 17th St. in the Office Depot plaza. Not gonna change the world, but again, good enough

    1. I'm no expert on Cheese Steaks (Pizza/bagles yes, cheese steaks no) but I had a very good one recently at a new place on Hollywood Beach Broadwalk called Nat's beach Cafe. (it's right behind the hotel) The owner must be from Philly cause they have Yueng Ling on tap

      Can't ait to try the places you mentioned.

      1. COLONIAL CORNER
        7201 49TH St
        Pinellas Park, FL 33781-4406
        (727) 541-4300

        49th street and Park Blvd in Pinellas Park, Florida

        My favorite is Jims on South St. If anyone in Florida is interested, the best can be found at Colonial Corner located on 49th street and Park Blvd in Pinellas Park. Family owned & operated, ( family from Chester ! )Damn Near As Good AS JIMS !!!!

        1. COLONIAL CORNER
          7201 49TH St
          Pinellas Park, FL 33781-4406
          (727) 541-4300

          49th street and Park Blvd in Pinellas Park, Florida

          My favorite is Jims on South St. If anyone in Florida is interested, the best can be found at Colonial Corner located on 49th street and Park Blvd in Pinellas Park. Family owned & operated, ( family from Chester ! )Damn Near As Good AS JIMS !!!!

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          1. re: Jef Braden

            Glad you found it too! Dee-lish!

            Another one: on Treasure Island, believe it or not, Original Pizza has awesome cheesesteaks.
            10661 Gulf Blvd, across from the Bilmar Hotel.

          2. La Spada's cheessteaks in Dunedin does a good job.

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            1. re: andy huse

              I agree with Andy. Plus, LaSpada's is close enough to my office that we can get free delivery. That's tough to take.

              John

              1. re: andy huse

                Dunedin is west coast, no? La Spadas is, the original anyway-if it's the same one, is just off Commercial Blvd near A1A in FTL. Do they fold the meat over the fixins on their cold subs? I think they're from Philly if I'm not mistaken? I have eaten tons of subs from there, they have a place in Davie too, but never tried their Philly! Let me know if it's the same one we got on the eastside.

              2. Quarterdeck (small chain) works in a pinch.

                1. Alibi at the Lost Weekend in South Beach is now hooking up the real deal! 21 or older.

                  1. In the central East Coast area, I can reccommend Little Philly Phillies in Satellite Beach.

                    http://www.littlephillies.com/

                    1. Big Al's Steaks
                      450 E Atlantic Ave
                      Delray Beach, FL 33483-4537
                      (561) 819-1888

                      Pretty decent cheesesteaks....

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                      1. re: BAFU

                        I probably had one of the worst cheesesteaks of my life here...

                        1. re: SaminSFL

                          Was it really that bad?

                          I ate at Big Al's once just to give it a try. I'd say it was 'a'ight' as they say today. But I am definitely not an authority on a philly cheesesteak.

                          1. re: SaminSFL

                            Sorry to hear that. Mine have all been decent. I get 'em wit wit.

                        2. Sub Serious in Coral Gables makes a killer steak bomb and chicken bomb. Thats my favorite down here.

                          1. In Fort Myers, try Philly Junction at Summerlin almost at Colonial, in a strip. The owners used to have a Jewish deli in Havertown. Their steaks and hoagies are better than their corned beef sandwiches, though.

                            1. Diggity Dogs on GFriffen Rd West of 95 about 1 mile on North Side. In I believe Dania...

                              1. Chubby's Super Sub & Pizza, (813) 831-5557, 5023 Bayshore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33611

                                Hand's down, best Philly I've had outside of the Northeast.

                                Any Westshore Pizza location in Tampa makes a pretty good cheesesteak too.

                                South Florida is a cheesesteak wasteland, though they get better as you get into Palm Beach county.