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Mar 22, 2010 10:31 AM

Where's the best/most authentic place to have a philly cheesesteak in socal? Ala Gino's/Pat's in philly, thanx

Where's the best/most authentic place to have a philly cheesesteak in socal? Ala Gino's/Pat's in philly, thanx

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  1. I'm thinking you might enjoy Philly's Best. There's various locations throughout SoCal. They claim to import the amoroso rolls from Philly and also serve Tastykakes and Wise chips to round out your meal, so you've got the best chance and getting some authentic phlly cheesesteak there.

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    1. re: kingkong5

      I concur! I almost ate myself into food coma at that place! Wish I had one of those cheese steaks riiiiight NOW!!

    2. Although there's some mixed reviews, I enjoyed my cheesesteak from the South Philly Experience truck. Be warned though, your results may vary.

      1. Philly West is often said to have the best in town. Just make sure to ask for it without marinara sauce.

        1. Yes to both suggestions, the South Philly Experience and Philly's Best. My hardcore Jim's Steak's significant other likes both but really has good things to say about the Philly's Best in Burbank.

          Can't get a Yuengling Beer on the West Coast. Ever.

          1. 1. Luigi Ortega's in Pasadena

            2. Philly's Best (franchise chain; I've been to the ones in Pasadena and San Dimas)

            3. Lee's Hoagie House (no relation to the Philly operation of the same name, but remarkably similar...once upon a time, more than a decade ago, it may have been related).

            I was underwhelmed by the South Philly Experience Truck, but I think that was because it was more expensive than the aforementioned brick-and-mortar places. If I'm getting it from a truck, and therefore have to find a place to eat, I should be paying less. It was hard to fault the sandwich itself, except that I sometimes like to add sweets and/or hots to my sandwich. LO has a condiments and toppings bar that supplies both (among other things). Ditto for Philly's Best, although I think there are more options at LO. Philly's Best also sells Tastykakes, and Birch Beer (LO has the latter, but not the former). Both use Amoroso's rolls, and offer Cheez Whiz as an option.

            Lee's Hoagie House
            2269 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

            Luigi Ortega's
            1655 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106

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            1. re: Jack Flash

              Lee's is related to the chain on the east coast late 80's five of them opened in the Area, not enough for Franchisor support and now this is the last one and is independent. Great owner, always there, great food every single thing on the menu