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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

                1. I like the Gyros at Stop in Cafe on the Promenade. It's a little pricey but reasonable at lunch.

                  1. I like the gyro at Panos, at Victory and Woodley in Van Nuys. From what I heard the guy who founded Panos was related to the guy who opened the Firehouse down the road.

                    1. Gotta say one of the best philly cheesesteaks I've had in LA was at the LAC/USC County hospital cafeteria. Crazy, I know, but delicious. Rivals Fredo's in Pasadena (most actually argue it is much better).

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                      1. re: azibo

                        Your not going to believe it but the best Gyro I've had is at the Early World restaurant on San Vicente Blvd in Brentwood. Its owned by a Greek family so its the real deal.

                        1. re: santamonica

                          Really? I'm going ASAP. Is it a true gyro, roasted on the rotisserie w/ tzatziki and all? No one has mentioned this place to me and I've been asking for years. Good find if I agree.

                      2. I'm going to pour a birch beer on the curb for the homie that ain't with us no more: Markie D.

                        My favorite cheesesteaks at the moment are Big Mike's in the South Bay and Fredo's in Pasadena. Mushrooms-onions-whiz.

                        1. Al's Sandwich Shop on ghetto Robertson Blvd. in LA has absolutely the best philly cheesesteaks in town! We drive from Torrance to this sandwich shop just to get a cheesesteak. Everything about it is perfect from the light crusty bread that somehow does not get overly soggy to the perfectly cooked thinly sliced meat! The addition of egg and mushrooms put it over the top! Drool.

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                          1. re: mstinawu

                            Oops. Forgot to link the place!

                            Al's Sandwich Shop
                            2513 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                          2. There are two places here in Burbank - South Street and Philly's Best. I've gotta give the nod to Philly's Best because not only are their sandwiches excellent, they also have a Taylor Ham sandwich on their regular menu!. Excellent. There are several around.


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                              1. re: Bria Silbert

                                Did you mean Philly's Best in Burbank mentioned above? --dunno. If you're referring to my fav --Philly West on Westwood - yes, take out is no problem. Enjoy!

                                1. re: debra

                                  Yup, I was referring to the Westwood one. We live very close to there and I think we are going to try it this weekend. Thanks for the info!