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

aclsquad 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

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    Dutchy Oct 13, 2010 01:37 PM

    There is a Philly Cheese Steak Truck -- called Bera's -- that's worth finding and checking out, too. I sampled their Philly Cheese Steak sandwich near CBS/Radford (Studio City)

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      nosh Mar 24, 2010 07:50 PM

      My favorite is Big Mike's -- I go to the one on Main Street in El Segundo. Very generous with the meat, and I order both the sweet and hot peppers. I order the 12-inch, and half is good for a meal with the other warmed in the microwave and crisped in the oven for later. I also like their onion rings, which are the lightly battered kind.

      Philly West makes a very tasty cheesesteak, under $6. Really succulent meat and a lot of cheese. (Their char-grilled burger is served on the sa,e roll and is also excellent and reasonable.) Some like the divy sports bar atmosphere, others are turned off.

      The Shack's (on Wilshire in SM) is pretty good. Hoagie's and Wings and Victor Jr.'s are both more like hoagies than real Philly cheesesteaks.

      Isn't Fredo's closed?

      Victor Jr's
      10113 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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      1. re: nosh
        Peripatetic Mar 25, 2010 03:10 AM

        Fredo's closed in September last year -- just after I moved to the neighborhood. :(

        Slaw Dogs opened at the old Fredo's location in January.

        The Slaw Dogs
        720 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104

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        jencounter Mar 23, 2010 08:56 AM

        I really like Sam's Steak Depot. Good quality, good prices, and they aren't stingy with the meat.

        He's in tarzana, southwest corner of Ventura and Topeka (block west of Wilbur).

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          Jwsel Mar 22, 2010 05:43 PM

          I love the ultimate steak hoagie at Hoagie's and Wings. I'm not sure how authentic it is, since I only went to Gino's once, and that was more than 20 years ago.

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          1. re: Jwsel
            Jack Flash Mar 22, 2010 11:48 PM

            I didn't like that place at all. First and foremost, they put mayo on the sandwich. 'Nuff said.

          2. SauceSupreme Mar 22, 2010 05:36 PM

            I like Luigi Ortega and Big Mike's.

            A better question is, who's got the best Philly roast pork?

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

            Big Mike's
            17845 Clark Ave, Bellflower, CA 90706

            1. Hughlipton Mar 22, 2010 05:22 PM

              I have been to Philadelphia and had a chance to sample the real thing. The closest I have been able to come to that experience here in Los Angeles is Philadelphia Sandwiches. No Cheezwhiz but the rest of it is there. A true hole in the wall place making great sandwiches. Not open on Sundays. Bummer because during Football season I would love to have one while watching my 9ers play.

              Philadelphia Sandwiches
              11112 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

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                mrhooks Mar 22, 2010 03:17 PM

                Big Mike's in Hermosa Beach.

                I tried Philly's Best and South Street years ago. Maybe it depends on the branch, but I thought PB was mediocre, and SS one of the worst I've ever had.

                For the record, I used to live in Philly, and IMHO there are better places there than Jim's, Pat's, and Geno's, so if they're the holy grails of cheesesteaks for you, take my opinion with a grain of salt.

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                1. re: mrhooks
                  ElissaInPlaya Mar 22, 2010 03:57 PM

                  Ditto - Big Mike's also in El Segundo.

                  Big Mike's
                  17845 Clark Ave, Bellflower, CA 90706

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                  Jelly71 Mar 22, 2010 02:43 PM

                  also in Burbank, is South Street. it is on Victory Blvd and they also get the amoroso rolls.

                  i like them just a smidge more than Philly's Best. they have better fries.

                  South Street
                  1010 Broxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

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                    mdpilam Mar 22, 2010 01:51 PM

                    The South Philly Truck Experience is the only one in LA that's impressed me.

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                      Jack Flash Mar 22, 2010 12:20 PM

                      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
                        LuigiOrtega Apr 21, 2010 10:46 AM

                        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

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                        outshined Mar 22, 2010 11:28 AM

                        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.

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                          noahbites Mar 22, 2010 11:23 AM

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

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                            taiwanesesmalleats Mar 22, 2010 10:44 AM

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

                            1. kingkong5 Mar 22, 2010 10:42 AM

                              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
                                youngprof Mar 23, 2010 12:49 AM

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

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