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Jun 5, 2007 07:10 PM

philly cheesesteak!

where can i find the best philly cheesesteak sandwich in the areas of LA and OC?
-best bread?
-best meat?
-best cheese?

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  1. Fredos
    720 N Lake Ave
    Pasadena, CA 91104 (626) 798-9905

    Can only vouche for this location
    Philly's Best - Fountain Valley, CA
    18691 Brookhurst Street
    Fountain Valley, CA 92708

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      1. re: wizardx

        i'm going there right now, hopefully no traffic.

        1. re: kevin

          I keep meaning to try Fredo's, but I always end up next door for Mexican food at Rosarito #2. I like Mexican food more than cheesesteak sandwiches, I guess. :)

          1. re: Philly

            To me, one of the great thing about Fredo's and a few other places is that they offer ALL the choices; white american, provolone and whiz.

            1. re: kevin

              Philly's Best is actually a very decent chain. They do American, Provolone, Wiz or all three. In addition to the Fountain Valley locale listed above, they also have them in Irvine and Long Beach near CSULB.

              If you're in West LA - Philly West makes a pretty decent cheesesteak, as well. It is a complete, whole in the wall, dive bar just south of Santa MOnica on Westwood Blvd.

              1. re: Philly

                Philly's Best imports Amoroso rolls. It was one of my pre-requisites when I was looking for cheesesteaks in LA. :)

                They also import Tastycakes, Wise potato chips and Yuengling Lager.

                1. re: UDHRfan

                  They really have Yuengling? Didnt think there was anywhere in LA with that...

                2. re: katkoupai

                  Hi Katkoupai - what do you get at Rosarito? I see it all the time, then think I should stop, but always end up somewhere else. Have you tried my taco place yet? Thanks!

                  1. re: katkoupai

                    You're just around the corner from Tonny's, katkoupai -- you should try their carnitas sometime.

                    Also, muchos dittos on Fredo's. That's the best steak sandwich I've found in Southern California.

              2. re: Burger Boy

                You can tell Dan how you like 'em and he can create it whichever way you like. Not just the kind of cheese but if you like yours nasty etc.
                Dan loves Chowhound.

                1. re: mpron

                  he does. asks everyone where the heard about the joint from.

                2. re: Burger Boy

                  I second Philly's Best in Fountain Valley. The original location and still owned by the founders. Everything is brought in directly from Philly and the sandwiches are great

                3. Search engine sez:

                  We could provide more recommendations if you would be more specific about preferred location. Good luck!

                  1. here's the updated webpage for Fredo's:


                    I was there today--I've only ever had one cheesesteak in Philly before (at what local friends assured me was the best cheesesteak place), and the memory of the original's a little dimmed from time and excess, but Fredo's version was *really* good. the owner's a nice guy named Daniel (Fredo's the silent partner) who "studied" back east at a few Philly eateries and was thoroughly excited by all the good CH writeups.

                    1. My vote for Best Philly goes to Markie D's in Culver City.


                      My old fave was Philly Connection in Pasadena, before it closed. I also like Big Mike's in El Segundo.

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                      1. re: SauceSupreme

                        I concur... great cheese steaks and the lightly battered curly fries are killer...

                        1. re: SauceSupreme

                          A friend of mine from Philly recommended Markie D's to me about a year ago. He said that it was the best he had found and I concur. Great bread and first class Hoagies, too!

                          1. re: Ruffio

                            I have to try Markie D's ........but do yourself a favor, if you like really good cheesesteaks try Fredo's they are so good!

                            1. re: wizardx

                              You'll have all the choices at Markie D's as well. :-)

                              I live on the westside, so it is a point of convenience; however, I will be making a trek out to try Fredo's!

                              1. re: Ruffio

                                Yeah I am in the SFV but Markie D's is on my list this week....!

                          2. re: SauceSupreme

                            i will second all of these recomendations. Unfortunately Markie D's is closed. Markie left town. Big Mikes is still open. They have top drawer hogies also.

                          3. I really like Philadelphia Sandwich on Magnolia. The bread is soft on the inside and has just the right amount of crunch in the crust. They put some sort of onion juice with the meat that makes it absolutely yummy. The address is 11112 Magnolia.

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                            1. re: Raymondo

                              Like sel (below), I've never been to Philly. But I really like Philadelphia Sandwich. The meat... the bread... It's delicious.