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Philly cheesesteak hunt

This is going to sound ridiculous, but I've never had a Philly cheesesteak sandwich. OK, that's sort of not true. Yesterday, a friend took me to lunch and I had a Chicken Philly at a closet-sized place called Philly Grill (corner of Olympic & La Cienega in the strip mall, next to the 7-11). IT WAS FANTASTIC... a piping hot, gooey mess of onions, mushrooms and peppers. Granted, it was made with provolone, not cheese whiz, but now I'm obsessed with finding more of these heavenly sandwichs. Where are they?

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  1. Markie D's Taste of Philly in Culver City, simply, it rules. We used to live in the neighborhood and just tried it because it was convenient, it was so good, we were hooked
    my BF gets the Cheese Steak with onions and American Cheese and I get the Chicken Steak with the same.

    http://www.markieds.com/

    Note they are closed on Sundays.

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    1. re: Lyndalh

      I tried Markie's too on a recommendation from someone I met at a Christmas party. I wasn't as impressed. They had the lingo, but I didn't love it like I love it back home. It's an option to get you by, not a replacement for the real deal. I go home for the cheesesteak first, family a close second.

    2. Philly West - on Westwood just south of Santa Monica is my favorite. I love the hoagie steak - mushrooms, onions, cheese, meat - sooo good. They make them with provolone.

      There's also a place called South Side in Westwood Village that serves them with cheese whiz - never had it this way - but? Some folks must like it.

      This is vague - there's also a place on the North side of Venice somewhat near H.D. Buttercup that has wings - and I think cheesesteaks. I think their wings are supposed to be delicious - not sure about the steaks. Good luck! Glad you're hooked b/c they are so yummy!

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      1. re: dtud

        Wings & Hoagies, they might do a cheesesteak, they opened a 2nd location on La Cienega south of Pico in the old Benitos Taco Shop space. There is also the place on Lincoln north of Venice, The Great Philly Cheesesteak Co. ?
        http://www.hoagiesandwings.com/images...

        1. re: Burger Boy

          >>>>There is also the place on Lincoln north of Venice, The Great Philly Cheesesteak Co. ?

          Great Western Steak and Hoagie (AKA "3,000 miles to Philly") on Lincoln @ Superba. It's usually the last place mentioned in Cheesesteak threads here.

          It's OK if you grew up with it (as I did), but a "cheesesteak purist" will have none of it. Can be satisfying - it's a "hit r' miss" kind of thing (Pepper-cheesesteak w/provalone, light pizza sauce). Better off going to Markie-D's in Culver City, but this will do in a pinch.

      2. I like the mushroom steak (with whiz) at Markie D's. But I would start there. They don't use the Amoroso rolls like they do back east, but to be honest, it should be about the meat, and Markie D's does it right.

        1. Make one. Go to 99 ranch market and get Ribeye sliced, salt pepper and minced onions. Fresh french roll, but I have been eating mine with multigrain lately.. =(
          If you want, order from Lobels.com and have a feast. Then add some cheap .69 cent Louisiana's hot sauce, ketchup and mustard. I haven't had a good one in a longggggg time...
          And they aren't using ribeye :]

          Sorry I don't know any good philly cheesesteak places :]

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          1. re: eezerik

            Even though home made is (almost) always best, I'm going to have to say that what really makes the cheesesteak is the roll... an amoroso's roll. Some places around LA ship them in, which is what truly takes a regular sandwich into the level of Philly Cheesesteak. Otherwise, all you got is a steak sandwich :0)

            1. re: Marianna215

              I used to agree, until I tried the sandwich at Markie D's, which doesn't use an Amoroso roll.

              1. re: Marianna215

                Philly's Best (chain) uses those rolls.

            2. Recent thread on this topic:
              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/36293...

              I like the cheesesteak at Luigi Ortega's and the one at Lee's Hoagies (both in Pasadena, on Colorado).

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              1. re: ElsieDee

                Ooh, that's great. I'll check that thread out.