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Philly Cheesesteak in Tarzana

My husband (the connoisseur of cheesesteak in my family; he's been to Pat's in Philly) just found a new place at Ventura and Topeka in Tarzana. It's across the street from Peet's.

He says it's great. He says they get the consistency of cheese that's melted all the way through the sandwich and they get it with real cheese.

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  1. The place is called Sam's Philly Steak Depot.

    Never been to Philly so I don't know how authentic it is but I pick this place over South Street (both the Westwood and Burbank locations)

    They don't skimp on the meat and prices are very reasonable (their 7" Super Steak comes with cheese, mushroom, bell peppers, and onions and is only $5.19 and definitely satisfied this big eater.)

    Owner seems nice but business seems slow since the strip mall he's in has been undergoing a remodel for what seems like over six months.

    Sam's Philly Steak Depot
    18966 Ventura Bl.
    Tarzana, CA 91356
    818 776-9494

    1. Thanks for the specifics. We were going to have some this afternoon for lunch but it seems they're not open on Sunday.

      1. Thanks, good cheesesteak is hard to find, not to mention the Valley. Been to SouthStreet and IMHO it's not all that. I'll have to check this place out!

        1. Will give it a try. John's in Huntington Beach is about the best I've found in LA/OC. BTW, Pat's is a tourist trap and clearly not a barometer for a good cheesesteak in Philly.

          1. Just to get the typical disclaimer out of the way, an authentic cheesesteak is made with Cheez Whiz. It tastes better. It doesn't necessarily taste more natural, just better.

            Pat's (and Geno's) are definitely tourist traps, but it doesn't mean their steaks aren't any good. Both are excellent.

            I have not been to Sam's, but if a hound is looking for an excellent example, any of the Papa Jake's fit the bill. Excellent cheese fries as well.

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            1. re: krustyjonez

              I've also read that authetic Philly cheese steaks come with white American cheese.

              I've tried them with white American cheese, cheese whiz, and provolone, and I tend to prefer the white American cheese.

              1. re: krustyjonez

                Not true!!! Cheesesteaks were made with provolone or white american cheeses long before Whiz came into the picture. Most places that offer Whiz also offer provolone and/or white american; however many do not offer Whiz. Most native Philadelphians, such as myself, would not agree that Pat's and Geno's have excellent cheesesteaks. If I was in South Philly, I'd head to Tony Luke's, or a number of other places, not Pat's/Geno's.

                1. re: krustyjonez

                  "Just to get the typical disclaimer out of the way, an authentic cheesesteak is made with Cheez Whiz. "

                  I realized that. I just couldn't bring myself to eat anything with Cheese Whiz on it and was happy to hear that they could get the same effect (my husband assures me) with real cheese. ;>