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Apr 19, 2007 11:36 PM

Fredo's Phillys - Pasadena

I stopped by this new place this afternoon (on my way up Lake to Altadena to check-out the new Bulgarini Gelato - thought I should consume something "healthy" before indulging in the gelato). It's a small store-front with tables inside and a few just outside the door on the sidewalk. Ordered a "Philly" (onions and cheese) to go - forgot to specify cheese choice, but I think I was given provolone. It was a massive sandwich - made it back to my car and continued up Lake about a block when the scent was just too much and I had to pull into a parking lot to "just taste" the sandwich. Steamingly hot meat, finely chopped, some onions (next time I'll order extras), and lots of meltingly gooey cheese all blended together - encased in a fresh, slightly chewy, firm roll. Pretty near perfect. Actually, it might have been perfect, had I not burned my tongue with my first bite. But I ignored the pain and devoured the half of the sandwich I'd decided was "mine" (the other half was destined for my co-hound). Really, really, really darn good.

I'm not a cheesesteak snob and have had many that I've liked, but I think that this is the best I've had. Everything melded together to become something much greater than the sum of its parts - I'll be back to try the other menu offerings very soon.

Oh - service was fast and very friendly - I think it was Dan who was manning the register and we chatted a bit - I 'fessed-up that I'd heard about the restaurant on CH (and thanks to whoever originally posted about it!) and had to stop by.

Fredo's Phillys
720 North Lake Avenue (east side of the street, just north of Orange Grove)

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  1. Thanks for trying it, Elsie! I posted about it, but since I have never had a cheesesteak (can you believe it??!!) I would have absolutely nothing to compare it to! I definitely have to try it. They were advertising that they use Amosoro rolls. Thank you!! Nice to see that they offer other things as well... wonder if their chili is any good.

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    1. re: WildSwede

      Oh, it was a hard task, WildSwede, but I did it for my fellow 'Hounds, as miserable as it was.

      Actually, the roof of my mouth is still tender today, else I'd go back and try another offering - though I don't know if it'd be another cheesesteak or if I'd try one of their other subs or see if they'd be willing to make an off-menu chili-cheeseburger. I seem to recall their in-house menu board saying that the cheesesteaks could also be made with chicken, so that'd work for folks who don't eat red meat.

      Thanks again for posting about this place - I could have driven by it for months before noticing it, I'm afraid.

    2. i read about it in the other thread and passed by yesterday on my way to big mama's. i can't wait to try it!

      1. Went there tonight after reading your posts. Had the cheesesteak with peppers and onions. Didn't specify cheese, though, because it wasnt on the wall menu (they have white, american, provolone). It was a fantastic, gooey delight, however. Meat to the edge of the 12 inch (not 8 as it says on the website) amoroso roll, not skimpy like South Street. Washed it down with a Hanks orange cream.

        Granted my experience with philly cheesesteaks is limited to LA places (South Street, Luigi Ortegas, Philadelphia Sandwiches), but this beats them all hands down. Would have taken a photo, but it was gone in 5 minutes!

        Had a nice chat with the owner afterwards. They've been open only one month, relying mostly on word of mouth. He mentioned that he would make the sandwich any way you want it (inside out, wid wiz,etc). I wish I had known from the outset, I would have gotten wiz. I am definitely going back to this place. It's great.

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        1. re: ozzygee

          Couldn't resist and went there again for lunch. This time I had the provolone with the pepper and onions, and it was not as gooey-cheesy as the white cheese (american) that I had last night. You could really taste the steak and peppers, though. My friend got it with wiz and it was very messy, but he said it was the most delicious mess he's ever had. This place rocks.

        2. I actually went there tonight after reading an ad on PW and noticing how I live so close. I had the 12' Chicken Mushroom Sandwich for $7.39. It was soooooo good. These sandwiches are by far better then Luigi Ortegas. The only bad thing was that I honestly felt the Amosoro roll was too small. I've had from other places to compare it to and the rolls in this place are small. Well, small in width and not in length, but yet taste so good. My husband had the Pepper chicken steak sandwich and that was yummy as well. The owner was super nice when I mentioned I had read the ad in PW and even offered us free drinks or chips. We declined, no need for the extras. I was just happy to support a small new business. They do need to work in the ambience of the place though. However, the owner did say they are only 1 month old so that explains why the walls are so bare and there isn't that much color in the place. Next time I think I'll try their Super Philly Steak Sandwich

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          1. re: handycrafter77

            Split a cheesesteak with peppers and onions, with a side of zucchini for lunch today. Owner is very nice I agree, but the food was even better. The steak was not one bit grizzly, the broth and cheese amounts were perfect, and to me, most importantly, the peppers and onions were not just halfcooked like you get at a lot of places. I like the roll size personally for my taste, but most places use a heftier roll. We'd prefer the 8", but we're old folks. Highly recommend trying this place. We plan to check out something different next time too, pretty good variety on the menu and great value.

          2. I read your review and went today. Thanks for the tip! Same experience. Save the burnt roof of the mouth. Dan is the owner and he is a very nice guy. Very accomodating. He will make it in any style you want it. I told him I liked the way they make it at the Peppermill in West Chester, PA and which is kind of a sticky gooey way and he said it was called making it nasty. He said he could do that next time. He asked how I heard about the place and I said CH. He said he had others say the same and so he is going to check out the site. I had the mushroom and onion cheese steak and it was as good as any I had in Philly. He seasons the meat real well (which a lot of places don't) and I am betting heats the bread on the cooking spatula shredded meat. He heaps on the meat so it is a good sized sandwich. Didn't get a chance to try any of the other stuff. There is always tomorrow!

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            1. re: mpron

              I am so glad that everyone's enjoying these sandwiches. I'm still salivating thinking of the one that I inhaled - sadly, the roof of my mouth and tongue are still healing and so I've had to forego further exploration of the menu for now.

              (Sad confession: I actually pulled into their parking lot this afternoon and spent several minutes looking at the take-out menu, trying to find something that wouldn't be painful to consume - after much attempted justification, I gave-up and left to come home to some yogurt. *sigh* Body, heal thyself, and fast!)