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Aug 12, 2008 11:46 AM

Best Philly Cheesesteak (San Diego)?

The best I've found so far is Alex's Brown Bag in the Banker's Hill area. At first I thought my co-worker (who is from Philadelphia) was putting me on since the place looks like such a hole in the wall and I became even more dubious when he told me authentic Philly Cheesesteak comes with cheese wizz instead of melted swiss cheese but I decided to give it a try. To my surprise it was actually damn good and cheap! I also tried a bit of Scrapple which is supposedly another culinary tradition from Philly though I was less impressed with that.

So now I'd like to compare so I'm on the hunt for the best Philly Cheesesteak in San Diego. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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  1. Haven't been to Alex's, but Giorgino's Deli in Golden Hill gets the Amoroso rolls flown in for their sandwiches. I think they're very good, but I haven't ever been to Philly to compare.

    1. Philly Grill on University east of Park Ave is worth trying.

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      1. re: mikec

        I stopped in here recently, after it was featured in the Reader's "Tin Fork" column - disappointing. Not bad, and the woman who runs it is a hoot, but a wee bit pricey for a big roll with not enough meat on it.

      2. Alex is opening a new store on Garnet in the the shopping center where Great News is 1700
        They are the best here, I am from Philly .
        The new place is called Pops and will open about Sept 1

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        1. re: LarryP

          Philly Cheesesteak Co. on Convoy is good and they have Tastycakes. I also like Olde City Grille on Garnet (used to be Theo's) they also use Amoroso's rolls. They also have Italian water ice. The cheesesteaks are a bit overpriced but as good as you get in this neck of the woods...oh how I miss Geno's and Pat's and Jim's.....

          1. re: keena

            The one on Convoy is The Philadelphia Sandwich Company and they do very authentic cheesesteaks and hoagies.

            1. re: araknd

              I have to third the Philly Cheesesteak Co., on Convoy. But they don't use Amoroso's rolls. Instead they use bread from Solunto's.

              1. re: jmtreg

                And Solunto's is locally made, so it's usually very fresh.

                1. re: araknd

                  And, off topic, has the best damn eggplant parmigiana sandwich in town.

          2. re: LarryP

            Pops isn't Alex's Brown Bag. My understanding is that it is run by the former owners who were supposed to not re-enter the market for a specified time period after they sold Alex's. They basically breached their contract, for which they received a lot of money. Apparently the dispute was resolved in court this week.

            1. re: ibstatguy

              So Alex's Brown Bag is has new owners?

              How is it compared to the old?

              Better, worse, same?

              1. re: stevewag23

                the new guys, Dave and Jim, have been there for a few years. Still very good; probably the same as before, perhaps better.

          3. Ive tried a lot. Gagliones is a decent attempt but definitely not the best. Alex brown bag makes good sandwiches but im embarrased to say i have not tried their philly cheese.

            LA FIESTA LIQUOR in mission valley, by the stadium, makes the BEST philly cheese steak in San Diego, in my opinion. They are in the Rancho Mission Plaza on the east side of the stadium. Try it, it's a bomb of a sandwich, you won't be disappointed!!

            1. "Authentic" is a relative term. Cheese whiz is used on Pat's Steaks in South Philly, but those who like Geno's across the street deride the use of the whiz. It's really a matter of choice. most of the cheesesteaks that I've had in Philly had provolone or american on them. It's all good.

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              1. re: araknd

                I agree, IMO it's all about what type of roll and meat they use, hopefully sliced ribeye. I can't get too emotional over onions and cheese whiz or prov.

                1. re: cstr

                  It is not the traditional Philly cheesesteak, but Pete's Meats in Little Italy does a great steak sandwich with am. or prov. cheese and grilled onions that will make you think "THIS is what a Philly cheesesteak was supposed to be!!"