Philly Cheese Steak on the Westside
- Mike Kilgore
In the Westside Weekly section in today's LA Times, Andrew Bender reviews a couple of places, Philly West Bar & Grill at 1870 Westwood Blvd. has been mentioned on this board before. The other, Great Western Steak & Hoagie Company at 1720 Lincoln Blvd. in Venice, was new to my memory. I just wanted to put this information out because so many people have a love of Philly C Steaks, (as you can tell from the previous posts), that it feels like a public service announcement.
Great Western has been a westside fixture on Superba and Lincoln since the 70's, long before other Philly Steak places sprang up (with the exception of the now-defunct Topps).
Many a cold winter's night (after working on boats in the marina) I'd stop there for a gut-warming steamy cheese steak. It still remains my personal favorite hoagie / PhillySteak joint (yes, I've tried Papa Jakes, Markie D's and others), and I am sure many here will argue that it's not the most "authentic." If you're a purist, better stick to the others. Personally, I won't stray from this one.
It's not a Philly cheese steak, but for a similar heart-burning experience, try the fried fish sandwiches at Steve's on the Strip, Crenshaw & Jefferson.