Best Philly Cheese Steak... plus an option for my girl
I'm close to La Cieniga and Olympic - so I'm talking about Santa Monica to Hollywood.
I LOVE Papa Jakes on Little Santa Monica in Beverly Hills, but I have a girlfriend who's not so into big meat sandwiches... she prefers lighter food for lunch.
She had a salad at Papa Jakes which looked like it was premade 2 weeks ago from the supermarket. She looked so pathetic trying to pick at it... I can't do that to her again.
Anyway favorite picks for Philly Cheese Steaks? Not the end of the world if there's no decent option for my lady, I'll just drop her off at La Provence.
Markie D's on Washington just east of Sepulveda makes a good philly cheesesteak (order a combo) and also has options for pizza.
Philly West on Westwood just south of Santa Monica Blvd has a fine cheesesteak and an even better burger served on the roll with the grilled onions. Dive bar atmosphere with TV's, etc. and parking in the back.
There are a lot of threads on this (type philly cheese steak, etc. in the search box), but my favorites in the general vicinity are:
1870 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025-4612
11172 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232 (not exactly "close" to you, but worth at least one trip)
Bonus for Philly West is a Falafel King across the street, which will have vegetarian options for your girl. Also, there are tons of places to get vegetarian food in Westwood, so you could get your food to go and eat together. Markie D's is located near "favorites" like Tito's Tacos and Johnny's Pastrami (Markie D's also has pizza and some vegetarian options, but I haven't tried those). There may be some gems for vegetarians nearby, but you'll have an easier time of it at Philly West.
Also, Phily West is located right near a parking garage, which eases some of the nightmare of going to Westwood.
philly west is absolutely delicious - and they have 1/2 sandwiches and veggie sandwiches (also they are near an indian restaurant and near eduardos which is like a better baja fresh - so she could get something there).
but philly west is NOT in westwood. it's just south of santa monica blvd. on westwood blvd. it is not near falafel king or a parking garage (but does have parking in the back). maybe Devourer is thinking of someting else? there is a philly cheesesteak place across from falafel king (and north a little bit) - but it's a block west of westwood (near diddy reece cookies (sp?)). supposedly they have cheese wiz and so it's "authentic" - i've never been b/c philly west is sooooooooooo delicious! hoagie steaks rule.
The place in Westwood Village next to the parking garage and across from the Falafel King on Broxton is South Street. I think it is ok, particularly for the combo with fries, a small salad, and self-service soft drinks. Others on this board savage it for being overpriced, less generous with the meat, and more expensive. I agree that Markie D's is better and I like Philly West the best, though one poster got ignored by the bartender/server at the latter a week or so back.