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Feb 22, 2008 09:57 AM

Best Philly cheesesteak and gyro?

Who has the best Philly cheesesteak sandwich and gyro in LA? Preferably open late on the westside and maybe evoking the "on a budget" college-style experience. I'm craving a nostalgic sandwich from my 20s! I like The Great Greek on Ventura Blvd, but it's far and not the "on the go" style I'm looking for. Thanks!!

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  1. Best gyro is definitely Papa Cristo's, though not in your area (Pico and Normandie) and I don't think it's open late.

    1. The best Philly cheesesteak on the westside is found at the divy sports bar, Philly West. In my experience, they also serve the best burger, an oblong half-pound flame-grilled juicy wonder served on a grilled cheesesteak roll. Either the cheesesteak or cheeseburger will set you back about $6. Fries aren't their strength, but the order is large enough to share and ok if ordered welldone. On the east side of Westwood Blvd. just south of Santa Monica Blvd., with free parking in the shared lot behind.

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      1. re: nosh

        philly west definitely has the best cheesesteak. and their hogie steak is amazing if you like stuff on your sandwich.

        i have yet to find my favorite gyro - but papa cristo's is tasty.

        1. re: dtud

          RIP, Markie D's, which gave up and became a Hoagie & Wings. Their cheesesteak had a spicy edge when ordered with both types of peppers, and they were always short with the cheese. But their sandwiches were huge, very tasty, and served so hot that the first few bites burned both mouth and hands. I'm a big eater, but their cheesesteaks were always good for two meals with the big order or curly or waffle fries.

          1. re: dtud

            Another vote for Philly West -- the hogie steak is fantastic. I thought the burger and the cold cut hogie were also very good.

            For Gyro -- as another poster mentioned, I think The Firehouse in Reseda does it right, and they make a mean souvlaki as well.

            Firehouse Restaurant
            18450 Victory Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91335

            Philly West Bar & Grill
            1870 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

            1. re: debra

              i would avoid their falafel though. i thought skaf's falafel was way better

              1. re: ns1

                Interesting, I've never ordered anything but the Gyro or Souvlaki at the Firehouse --sooo good. Falafel around town seems to be hit and miss, so often dried out and flavorless. I haven't ordered it at Skaf's (yet), but in the past I've had good falafel (crisp outside, flavorful, tender inside) at Pita Kitchen in Van Nuys, and Sunnin in WLA. Thanks for the tip.

          2. re: nosh

            It's been well over a decade since I've been there, so maybe they've completely changed their cheesesteak, but the time I went, it wasn't even close to authentic. It tasted pretty good, but it wasn't a cheesesteak. The roll was all wrong, and the meat was too thick and not chopped up at all.

            If you don't mind hopping on the 405 south, Big Mike's in Hermosa Beach has an excellent cheesesteak, almost as good as the ones I used to get in Philadelphia. They tend to be a little too generous with the meat IMHO - I always have to ask for extra cheese, and the roll falls apart pretty easily because it's so overstuffed - but other than that, it's great. They're on Hermosa, just north of Pier.

            Whatever you do, avoid South Street like the plague. The only thing they have going for them is that they sell (overpriced, like everything else there) Philadelphia hard pretzels.

            1. re: mrhooks

              There is a Big Mikes in El Segundo too.

          3. Firehouse in Reseda, George's Greek in DTLA, or the Mad Greek in Buena Park/Baker are my picks for gyros

            haven't been to PC yet

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            1. re: ns1

              RIP Mama Voula's, whose space became the very good El Super Taco and left with plans to relocate that have not seem to have come to fruition. A good gyro, with a generous portion of meat. Also very hot, crisp, thin fries tossed with a huge amount of raw chopped garlic. Would love to know your recs for gyros in W.L.A. -- Delphi on Westwood, the place in the minimall at Bundy and Olympic, the place that serves falafel across from Santa Monica College, or another on the north side of Wilshire between Barrington and Bundy where new ventures come and go?

            2. I haven't been in a long time, but 14 below on Santa Monica at 14th has, or had, a very good cheesesteak.

              1. fredos on lake in pasadena goooood cheesesteak