Fredo's Phillys, After Dan (Pasadena)
In the past two weeks we've done take out twice from Fredo's Phillys - am able to confirm that Dan has sold out his half of the business (according to the woman at the counter), have no idea what he's doing now, but I do hope that he'll pop-up again soon!
Regarding the food:
Both times ordered the basic cheesesteak with grilled onions, white American cheese.
- First time the sandwich was heavily peppered (er, with black pepper, not with bell peppers) and seemed light on the cheese.
- Second time the flavor was right (not too much pepper, a good amount of cheese), but there was quite a bit of gristle.
Now, even while Dan was there I occasionally had a "dud" sandwich (usually when he was breaking in a new cook), so I'm not going to pitch a hissy fit (and I did call and let the counter woman know that she might want to have the cook be a bit more picky - she was receptive but did not offer to replace) and that.
But, well, while the sandwiches were more than serviceable, they just didn't seem quite right - I have no idea how much of the taste was based on my missing Dan's friendly, welcoming face, though, so maybe the sandwiches are actually better and I'm not tasting that - or maybe the sandwiches are just okay and I'm being generous because of emotions.
Has anyone else been, post-Dan, who can give more feedback?
I was there 2 weeks ago and had a slightly watery, peppers & onions not cooked enough, they almost where crunchy, not enough cheese sandwich. To bad they did not pay attention to how Dan made the sandwiches. I must say the service was very friendly and they have the, is everything okay what can we get you attitude. I hope they do well, but the sandwich is not the same.
Unfortunately I live westside and have never had a Fredo's. Just wanted to chime in that J. Gold just gave his "Best of L.A." cheesesteak to Philly West, on Westwood just south of Santa Monica Blvd. Now I really like Philly West (for those who haven't been there, it is a dark divy sports bar but it has a free shared parking lot behind it, a huge plus) and I started there by enjoying their cheesesteaks. Yes, they advertise tomato sauce on the sandwich but I was never served any without them asking, and while the cheesesteaks are very reasonably priced (about $6) they do benefit from double meat. Then one day I saw the cook grilling up a thick hunka cow with flames shooting up around it, inquired, and ordered the burger -- best in town.
My current favorite Philly cheesesteak by far, replacing the sorely missed Markie D's, is Big Mike's. I've been to the branch on Main Street in El Segundo, and it is a massive sandwich. I get it with both hot and sweet peppers, shake on some hot sauce, and love their lacy-battered onion rings on the side. I order a 12-inch, and can sometimes get thru the first half there, and the second heats up nicely in the oven for dinner.