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Fried chicken and cheesesteak

I've got a craving for both. Can you help clog my arteries by pointing me in the right direction to find good fried chicken and cheesesteak sandwiches (the works with shrooms and sweet peppers) in San Diego? Thanks.

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    1. Check out Pop's Jersey Style CheeseSteaks in Pacific Beach, Gaglione Brothers in Point Loma and Philly's Best Cheesesteaks in Oceanside. These are all pretty good in my opinion and I'm from Philly.

      There's also a place in San Marcos that apparently does a good cheesesteak but the name escape me.


      Philly's Best
      1771 Oceanside Blvd, Oceanside, CA 92054

      Point Loma Cafe
      4856 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92106

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        1. re: steveprez

          Philly Franks is in San Marcos. They also keep their Tasty Kakes (and sometimes Candy Cakes) in the freezer, if you like yours frozen. Philly Franks' claim is that they use Amarosa (sp?) rolls... not being a Philly native, I can't comment on how important this is or not.

          The Philadelphia Sandwich Company is on Convoy, and their cheesesteaks are decent.

        2. Also, check out this list, though I can't personally vouch for all of them. The list creator is from Philly. Also, looks like Philly's Best is closed.


          Philly's Best
          1771 Oceanside Blvd, Oceanside, CA 92054

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          1. re: steveprez

            Phillys best in Oceanside just did a name change. It's now cheesesteak grill. It's exactly the same as phillys best. It's my favorite cheesesteak in SD.

            1. re: SDGourmand

              Thanks for the update! Better than it closing.

          2. For cheesesteaks check out Olde City Grill in PB. Haven't tried the others, but it compares favorably with Pop's (which is also good).

            Olde City Grill
            967 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

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            1. re: mayache

              These guys make a GREAT cheesesteak -- be sure to ask for XTRA provolone! Still got to get over to Pop's. Oh. That's right. I'm off eating beef (and other mammals). Never mind.

            2. 3nd Gaglione Brothers.

              Tried for years to find good fried chicken, Huffman's, Magnolia, etc and have not been too impressed. Might get flamed for this but I'm just as happy with Popeye's compared to local alternatives. On the other hand buttermilk brined Curtis Womack's chicken is truly something special.

              1. Try Alex's Brown Bag

                Alex's Brown Bag
                2550 5th Ave Ste 171, San Diego, CA 92103

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                  1. re: ibstatguy

                    I really like Alex's too. The cheesteaks there are so juicy that they make you do "the Pilly lean" while you are eating one. As a bonus they are open for breakfast, so you can have the breakfast of champions, a cheesteak!

                1. Fried Chicken: Bonnie Jean's

                  Bonnie Jean's Soul Food Cafe
                  1964 54th St, San Diego, CA 92105

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                  1. re: Fake Name

                    Second Bonnie Jean's and recommend Philly Grill in Hillcrest for cheesesteaks.

                    1. re: Auriana

                      I used to recommend Philly Grill, but I think it's fallen off quite a bit in the last year or so. I've been disappointed the last two times I've went. Plus her hours are maddening.

                      1. re: mikec

                        That's too bad. I haven't been there in quite a while, so my recommendation may be out of date. A few years ago, they were fantastic.

                    2. re: Fake Name

                      finally got to Bonnie Jean's last week and will be going back. my lunch companions had the fried chicken and raved; I went for the fried pork chop and was very satisfied. also had the fried mac n cheese and fried gizzards.

                    3. Red Tracton's Sunday night special is fried chicken. It's a bit under seasoned IMHO but it's solid, and of course, the serving is huge.

                      Red Tracton's
                      550 Via De La Valle, Solana Beach, CA 92075

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                      1. re: wanker

                        Great lots of choices for both. Thanks all!

                      2. This new place Jimmy's Famous American Tavern has fried chicken:


                        Looks like they have deviled eggs too. The trend is getting stronger.

                        Jimmy's Famous American Tavern
                        4990 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92106

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                        1. re: stevewag23

                          Steve i was just there this weekend and didn't even notice the fried chicken! Guess I wasn't hungry enough to get that deep in the menu. I wonder how it is there. i love the patio seating. I was surprised to see the deviled eggs. So that's a trend now? Where else have you seen them. Hmmm now I'm craving one of those. Don't think I've seen a deviled egg since my parents had parties in the basement in the 1970's!

                          1. re: Island

                            Seisel's Old Fashioned Meats off Moreana Blvd. has pretty good deviled eggs in the refrigerated prepared foods cooler regularly.

                            1. re: Island

                              I believe Bankers Hill Bar and Restaurant has deviled eggs as well.

                            2. re: stevewag23

                              A few days ago I attended a private function hosted by Arterra (Little League volunteer reception). Arterra was responsible for serving hors d'oeurves. They had their usual flatbreads, sliders, etc. Many of us were surprised to see a big plate of deviled eggs.

                              Love the comment about 'basement parties' because that's exactly how I remember deviled eggs!

                              Arterra Restaurant
                              11966 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130