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Jan 22, 2007 10:36 PM

Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich

OOOhhhh my, these are good.

Tender sliced steak, perfectly cooked with onions, then put over a slice of white cheese into a killer bun that’s got a thin delicate crust on the outside, but is so soft and easy to eat. Wash it down with a cold beer.

We went for dinner, and it wasn’t too crowded. I think this place pumps at lunch though, so get there early (or late).

Philadelphia Sandwich
11112 Magnolia (between Lankershim and Vineland)
North Hollywood
(818) 985-4929

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  1. It is certainly one of my favorite places. This issue has been debated over the years and there are devotees who swear if it doesn't have cheez whiz it is not authentic. My research indicates otherwise. In any event they make a great sandwich and fries. Further, they are reasonably priced and the parking is atrocious. I get mine to go, have someone to ride shotgun who gets the goods and then I take it home and have mine with a glass of great California Zin. Life is good!

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    1. re: Hughlipton

      Your research is correct. Born and raised in the Philly area and had alot of cheesesteaks; none came with wiz. Now it's a matter of taste; some people prefer it and a number of places have it. I'll stick with what I grew up with-provolone.

      1. re: Philly

        All of the classic cheesesteak places (e.g., Pat's, Geno's, Jim's) offer cheez wiz as one of the cheese choices and have for as long as I can remember.

        1. re: Jack Flash

          All tourist places offer it. As I said, it's a matter of personal preference. Growing up in Norristown, just outside of Philly, it was not a choice.

    2. While I have never even step foot in Philadelphia, I have to say that I prefer the taste of Cheez Whiz and Provolone together in my sandwich.

      1. Sliced steak on top of cheese? How does that work? Doesn't it stick to the grill?
        You mean the cheese goes on the roll and then the steak on top of that? bleah if so.

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        1. re: rockhopper

          steak is on the grill, and the cheese is placed on the steak not directly on the grill.

          1. re: Philly

            Well, sir the post said "then put over a slice of white cheese".

            Here in the Philadelphia region we do as you described: steak on the grill, cheese on top of the steak while its on the grill -- unless you go to Pat's tourist trap and order wiz.

            1. re: rockhopper

              Mama's off of City line puts the cheese directly on the grill then steak on top then mixes the whole mess up, one of my favorites, but 99% put the cheese on top

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          1. I'm partial to the Cheese Steaks at Luigi Ortega's in Pasadena - made fresh to order, tasty as all get out, pleasant service - parking is a challenge.


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            1. re: ElsieDee

              Elsie, LO's has a parking lot in the back.

              Having had cheesesteaks at both places, I would say it's a draw . The bread at Luigi Ortega's (Amoroso's) has a softer, chewy texture that holds up well to the cheesesteak. The cheesesteak itself seemed to have suffered from subdued flavor (I got the provolone + whiz, if you're curious). It was tasty, but somehow muted.
              The cheesesteak at Philadelphia Sandwiches was a about a large at LO's, and while the cheesesteak (just provolone here) was very tasty, the bread got a bit soggy by the end of the meal .

              In any case, I would wholeheartedly recommend either place.

              1. re: ozzygee

                Thanks for the kind words. I grew up on Whiz, but after an extended trip to Philly last year I came across a combo of Provolone and American. I'm hooked. Give it a try next time.

                1. re: ozzygee

                  Ah - last time I was there (I seem to recall it was a payday) the rear lot was full with folks parking to run across to the BofA (since the bank's parking lot is practically non-usable at the moment) and we couldn't find much in the way of street parking. Ended-up behind the discount store across the street.

                  Which is to say nothing negative about the food or service at LO's, btw. It's grand to have another option for hot sandwiches.