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Nov 7, 2006 09:52 PM

Best Philly Cheesesteak in Los Angeles Area???

Does anyone know of a place that is anything close to the real thing???

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  1. I've been to South Street and found it lacking (in meat), overpriced and overhyped.

    A much better alternative is

    Philadelphia Sandwiches
    11112 Magnolia Blvd
    North Hollywood, CA 91601
    (818) 985-4929

    I don't know that it's the best one in LA, but who cares? It's damn good.

    1. Philly West Bar & Grill
      1870 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025
      South of Santa Monica Blvd.

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      1. re: tatertots

        I like the cheesesteaks at Philly West, but to me they taste way different from the ones I used to get back in Philly (East!). So I would say that they are pretty good, but they don't meet the OP's criterion of "close to the real thing."

        1. re: Nicole

          you might want to try the Great Philly cheeseteak stand on Lincoln, right before Venice, it's a shitty little stand (if it could be even called that) with a sign that says :3000 miles to Philadelphia.

      2. What part of town?

        There's a chain called Philly's Best, which serves up the real thing (Amoroso's rolls, Cheese Whiz, sweets & hots, Tastycakes, Frank's sodas) at reasonable prices at various locations throughout the Southland.

        If you're in Pasadena, check out Luigi & Ortega's. Yeah, the hybrid concept gave me pause at first, but gosh darn it, they really know what they're doing at least when it comes to their steaks & hoagies. They, too, use genuine Amoroso's rolls, have Cheese Whiz, sweets & hots, and even get the cold cuts for their hoagies from back east.

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        1. re: Jack Flash

          i'm so there. cheeze whiz awesome sweets and hots.

        2. A highly debated subject in LA...

          I like Markie D's in Culver City.

          Also not a Philly Cheesesteak place but Connal's in Pasadena has an excellent Philly cheese steak sandwich.

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          1. re: monku

            The *best* offering at Connal's, IMHO, is their gyro sandwich. Actually, get the gyro plate. It includes the sandwich (a full meal in itself, really) PLUS a side salad, PLUS frings (fries & onion rings) for $6.39 (I think the sandwich by itself is $4.69, so the plate is a really good deal). Wash it down with a milkshake or flavored soda (cherry-vanilla Coke, for example).

            1. re: Jack Flash

              Told you before to check out their gyro meat. Probably the frozen pre-formed ROM stuff that most places that serve gyros sell.

          2. I would suggest the Over Under bar on 14th and Santa Monica in Santa Monica. It used to be called Markie D's (known for their authentic Philly's sans the Whiz)
            Well the recipe hasn't changed at Over Under, its my favorite in LA.

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            1. re: ibrndubs

              Markie D's is still in existence, at the address listed in the link provided by monku above, . It serves what is IMHO hands-down the best cheesesteak in LA. I started eating there more than 15 years ago when it was operating out of a food court on the Third Street Promenade (opposite the long-mourned Benitas Frites). Looking over the Over Under menu at the link ibmdubs provided, I find it hard to believe "the recipe hasn't changed." I mean, come on, a Garden Burger Philly??? (Which is not to say that Over Under is incapable of making a damn good sandwich...


              And Markie D's will serve up the Whiz upon request.

              1. re: Arthur

                Mardie D's used to be connected to 14 below/acting as their grill. Markie D's only had wine and beer license while 14 below had a full bar.
                I think it changed names/owners in the past 2 years but the philly cheesesteaks have remained exactly the same.

              2. re: ibrndubs

                Seconded. Over Under has a superb Philly Steak, although I cannot attest to its authenticity as I have never been to Philly. I was introduced to this place by a Philly ex-pat though, so that's a pretty good look.