Markie D's - Philly Cheesesteak - Closed
Sorry to report but Markie D's sold their last cheesesteaks yesterday (Halloween). My co-worker and I ordered a few for the office yesterday and when we arrived they already had the closed sign up. The man himself rang us up and even offered a few drinks on the house.
Sounds like he had a good run in the food industry (20+ yrs) and is ready for a change. He mentioned managing bands / tours and that he was going to be working with Slash, Mickey Dolenz etc. coming up soon. I wish him luck in his new endevors.
New owners coming in, similar menu different recipies. Not sure if the name is changing.
I've never had a sandwich at Big Mike's. Is that the place on Main in El Segundo?
People I know in the area all prefer Original Rinaldi's for sandwiches in general and
I'm satisfied although they don't have a great philly cheesesteak sandwich. It's mostly their other sandwiches. Haven't been there in a long time, but I thought Papa Jake's (I think there are a couple scattered about the L.A. area) on Rosecrans in Manhattan Beach was pretty good. I haven't eaten many different cheese steak sandwiches so this my unschooled opinion. The Papa Jake's is a couple of shops west of the El Tarasco near the corner of Rosecrans and Highland
However instrumental the owner was, the guys who cooked up the cheesesteaks and provided the really accommodating service were the two Hispanic cooks/workers. If they can follow the new ownership the cheesesteaks will remain full and tasty and the place will be clean, with them happily volunteering to repack the half cheesesteak and fries you couldn't finish. If not, it is a sad loss.
The Great Western place on Lincoln can be horrible. When I tried it, I got horribly burnt onions, lackluster meat, and cheese that was worse than the store-brand plastic-wrapped american cheese "food" product.
I love Victor Jr.'s. Good meatballs, tasty eggplant parm, nice italian salad, good-looking pizzas. But their "philly cheesesteak" somehow misses -- it is ok, but the meat is sliced a bit thick and the sandwich is like a cross with a hot roast beef hoagie.
I guess best westside philly cheesesteak is now at Philly West, on Westwood just south of Santa Monica Blvd. Order it with double meat -- even with the extra charge it is barely the price of South Street or even Markie D's. But when push comes to shove, I order the char-grilled burger at Philly West. [paulf??]
EVERY time we stumble across a "find" like this, it closes...Boo! Any other cheesesteak recommendations in the area? Yes, I know the board is replete with recommendations but they're mostly in the Valley. I guess it will have to be the cheesesteak place on Lincoln Blvd. now for us...Thanks for saving us a trip down to Markie D's.
re: Bria Silbert
I'm a fan of Markie's, too.
In the area, Victor Jrs has excellent food and they have a Philly Cheese steak. I can't recommend it, because I have not tried that particular sandwich, but everything else I've had there is very good.
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