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Best cheesesteak

I lived in Philly for 8 months in 2000 and became quite a fan of the well-rendered cheesesteak (don't even talk to me about putting "whiz" on my sandwich...). My wife and I still fight over which of the "twin towers of Roxbury" (my phrase, Philly neighborhood), "Chubby's" or "D'Allesandro's", had the best. D'Allesandro's was my fave. I think the wife liked Chbby's because you could sit down and eat at the restaurant... and they had fries, curly ones. D'Allesandro's just made the best freakin' c-steak. With Provolone for chrissakes.

Are there any even close approximations of D'Allesandro's out there in greater LA? Philly expats please...help. The closer to Hollywood / SGV the better. I rarely go to the west side and have tried "Philly's Best", "South Street" and "Luigi Ortega". IMHO South street was best, but I'm not satisfied...an Amoroso roll alone won't get you to heaven...

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  1. Sadly, not the best of my knowledge. The best ones I ever had were at my house, cooked by me with super thin sliced rib eye steak with provolone. Outside of that, nope.

    1. Here is one of the MANY prior discussions of this subject that have been posted to the LA board in the past 10 years: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/408590

      You are bound to be disappointed. Why not quest for things that LA does superlatively rather than the things it does not?

      For instance, did you catch this review on Umami Burgers?

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/604317

      Or delve into the wonderful Mexican food at places like Mariscos Chente for it's scintillating Sinaloan seafood or start a journey through our world class Korean offerings.

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      Mariscos Chente
      4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

      Umami Burger
      850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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      1. re: Servorg

        I can't speak for anyone else, Servorg, but the reason I look for good cheesesteaks, chicken wings, and hot dogs, for example, in Los Angeles is that they are comparatively easy to prepare. They don't require exotic ingredients or special cooking skills or utensils, and I make them all at home. In an urban area with millions of people -- tens or hundreds of thousands of whom love each of these foods -- it seems reasonable to expect joints by the dozens to offer high-quality versions (not necessarily the preparations you get in Philly or Buffalo or Chicago but delicious, nevertheless).

        Even much-more sophisticated cuisines should be widely available in the food-loving big cities of this diverse country. For example, I don't give up on Mexican food when I go to Chicago -- 1500 miles from the border, but where the memory of an incredibly moist, crisp, and fragrant whole snapper served lightly fried and covered with fresh Mexican herbs lingers after 25 years.

        As I've said before, I'm convinced that if a knowledgeable audience demands and shows appreciation for great food of any kind, they -- we -- will get it.

          1. re: Servorg

            ... insist on great pasta, because Rome is not nearly as diverse as Los Angeles! ;-)

            1. re: sbritchky

              ...so concentrate on those things which ARE the strength of our diverse population (and which doesn't include Philly Fanatics in large enough amounts to make searching for "authentic" cheesesteaks anything but an exercise in frustration - which was my point to the OP).

              And which the saying "When in Rome..." is actually all about.

              1. re: Servorg

                I've made my points and won't repeat them. I hope more people will talk to restaurants about their preparations -- especially simple items like cheesesteaks -- the way many of us used to talk to Dan at Fredo's to help him improve his product.

                1. re: sbritchky

                  I understand and appreciate your point, but if restaurants are going to try and change their preparations for anyone who feels passionately enough about food to make suggestions on better ways to prepare said food at that restaurant they will probably end up satisfying no one.

                  Your approach of taking the recipe home and then "tweaking" it to meet your own, personal taste is by far the best idea for the OP. Because the only place he/she is going to get a "real" Philly CS is in "real" Philly.

                  1. re: sbritchky

                    Any word on Dan or new venture. He was the best, loved the food and the joy he took in making a GREAT sandwich!

                    1. re: Burger Boy

                      Haven't heard a thing in a long time, Burger Boy, despite all the talk last year that Dan intended to start something new. He was clearly the ideal small-restaurant guy -- always interested in hearing from his customers and in improving his operation -- and it was sincere: he made an excellent cheesesteak!

                      1. re: sbritchky

                        He made a GREAT Cheesesteak! I hope does another venture soon.

          2. re: Servorg

            I like your point. Ca. seems to attract a huge amount of folks who want "autrhentic" regioinal food from somewhere else, and I suppose it's because of our vast range of outside influence mingled with our great local resources. I just dont get it though. I'd love to have the Spanish food I had in Valencia, or the Charcutrie I've had in France or the Gumbo from Louisiana, but this is Ca. and none of the above. It doesn't make sense to expect one place to taste like another unless you totally eschew local ingredients in both places. Only canned and frozen food would taste the same everywhere.

            1. re: Servorg

              hoghoodoo, read my post on the first posting in servorgs reply to you above.. i did it today!!!

            2. I've been to Big Mike's, which does a reasonable Geno's impersonation:

              Big Mike's Philly Steaks & Subs
              507 Main St, El Segundo, CA 90245
              310-726-9638

              Big Mike's Philly Steaks & Subs
              1314 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
              310-798-1499

              The other places that come up frequently in "best cheesesteak" threads on the Los Angeles CH board are:

              Fredo's Phillys
              (Note: changed ownership last year)
              720 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104
              626-798-9905

              Philadelphia Sandwiches
              11112 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
              818-985-4929

              You may come across references to a place called Markie D's that many reviewers were convinced was the best cheese steak, but they've been closed for over a year now (I never had a chance to try them).

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              Fredo's Phillys
              720 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104

              Big Mike's Philly Steaks
              507 Main St, El Segundo, CA 90245

              Philadelphia Sandwiches
              11112 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

              Big Mike's Philly Steaks & Sub
              1314 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

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              1. re: Peripatetic

                I am a big fan of the Philly Cheesesteaks at Big Mike's in El Segundo. Friendly people, they have a free lot adjacent, good rolls, lots of meat, good mild and hot pepper mixes. I order a 12-inch to eat half there and rewarm the other with a slice of processed cheese for later. Really good onion rings, too, with a light lacy batter rather than a heavy dipped breadcrumb type. Big Mike's is a haul for me all the way past the airport from W.L.A., but now that Markie D's has been gone awhile it is by far the best that I've found.

              2. If you're ever in the valley, I recommend Sam's Philly steak Depot.

                Info here: http://www.yelp.com/biz/sams-philly-s...

                1. Philly's Best, 1419 W. Olive Avenue, in Burbank, does a tasty version.

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                  1. re: Bob Brooks

                    Plus 1! As a Jersey Native, I call Philly's Best the best tasting Phily Cheesesteak I've had on the west coast. Add to that - they have Taylor Ham IN STOCK all the time. get a taylor Ham sandwich hot off the griddle. Tasty!

                    In other words - highly recommended.

                    1. re: mrsantora

                      Do they do a Taylor ham, egg and cheese. Oh My, Oh My!

                      1. re: Burger Boy

                        They do not, more's the pity! I longed to have the Official New Jersey State Conversation:

                        "Taylor ham, egg and cheese on a hard roll."

                        "Salt, pepper, ketchup?"

                        But alas... they do not. The TH sandwich is awesome though, and the cheesesteaks, while not QUITE Philly quality, are awful damn close.

                        It puts South Street to shame, that's for sure.

                        1. re: Das Ubergeek

                          What is on the TH sandwich then? Ham & Cheese? Ham & eEgg? What kind of bread? Thanks Das

                          1. re: Burger Boy

                            Taylor ham and cheese. I had it on a hard roll.

                            1. re: Das Ubergeek

                              Will they make it on a bagel as well?