Cheesesteak in Burbank?
- Robert Lu Nov 9, 2004 04:08 PM
Remember driving past a sign touting cheesesteaks in Burbank, but couldn't find it today. Went to Giamela's instead for a steak sandwich, which is not bad, but not a cheesesteak.
Is is called South Street and it's on Victory just north of Olive, on the west side of the street. My family loves the place. The sandwiches are great. The meat is tender and gooey with cheese. The rolls are soft on the inside and have a light crunch to the exterior. Not being from Philly, I can't speak to the cheese steaks authenticity, that being said, three out of the four times I've been there, other patrons in line have mentioned they're from Philly, as well as return customers to the shop. Also, do not miss the real, tender, tasty and not pre-packaged onion rings.
I've been to the location at both Westwood and burbank and when they told me that they CHARGE FOR LETTUCE I wrote a nice little complaint letter on a roll of cash register tape. The perosn who worked there thought it was majorly stupid and said that the boss is VERY cheap and greedy. It's kind of bad when those who you pay slam you. So I've never been back. And even with the lettuce, it's sort of slimy, greasy (believe me, it's a cheesesteak - I'm not even aiming at healthy) in a way that made me feel very bad about myself before I even got to the last bite. I'm ashamed to admit that I like the chain cheesesteak place at Empire Center better than this place. If you're going to charge for lettuce, do we pay for napkins and ketchup too?
Honestly, I was disappointed with South Street. They skimp on their meat, so you get what seems like half a sandwich's worth of meat in a full-size roll. I didn't have a problem with the flavor, just the value.
I've been to another spot adjacent to burbank (in NoHo) that, IMO, blows SouthStreet out of the water. They know how to fill a roll, and the cheesesteaks are just as good. It's called Philadelphia Sandwiches on Magnolia (about a block past Vineland).
11112 Magnolia Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
It's South Street. It's OK... I don't love it.
Philadelphia Sandwiches in NoHo Arts on Magnolia is the best East Valley choice, but I loves me some John's Philly Grill in Anaheim so I don't go to Philadelphia Sandwiches so often.
I live for Cheesestaks and was very excited when South Street in Burbank opened as it's close to my house. First time I went, thought it was very overpriced but just OK. After a while, thought I'd give it another shot and it was absolutely horrible. The meat had a very funny taste and I ended up getting so turned-off to it, I threw 3/4 of it in the garbage. It was the worst. Haven't had any desire to return. Again, it's also INCREDIBLY pricey for the amount of meat you get.
The best, in my opinion, is the chain of Philly's Best, located mainly in Orange County. However, they do have a branch in Santa Clarita, not too far for us SFV folks. I crave it constantly and I've never been disappointed there. Great tasting meat, cheese - they have the consistency just right. Also, owners are almost always there so quality is great. Prices are right-on as well - I believe the sandwich is around $5.50 vs. what, about ten bucks for a disgusting version at South Street.