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Dec 29, 2011 11:56 AM

Best Philly (style) Cheese Steak in LA?

Is there a consensus on the best Philly Cheese Steak sandwich in LA?

I dug up this old thread,, but was wondering if there's anything new to be had, or tried?

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  1. I still cast my vote for Luigi Ortega's in Pasadena (Amoroso Roll; Cheez Whiz). I liked Philly's Best, too, but the Pasadena location is no more (it's now a high-end sushi joint).

    1. This is an underdog/sleeper choice, but at The Stand (Ventura blvd. location) they do a very nice (and generously portioned) Philly-style cheesesteak. Plenty of beef and provolone, and the roll seems right (Amoroso or not, I do not know). Sauteed peppers and onions aplenty. On the side you can get their homemade sour pickle chips, as well as an unorthodox cup of their horseradish sauce. They also make some rockin' coleslaw and homemade potato chips for an extra charge... It seems kinda pricey at $8 or $9 dollars, but the quality is there, especially regarding the tasty beef. It's a nice alternative to their dogs and burgers...

        1. re: wrlord

          I will second SPE. Worth finding their truck for lunch or dinner.

          1. re: wrlord

            Meh. They park down the street from my work regularly. I tried it once. Not worth the outrageous price they charge. It's a freakin' truck; it should cost a couple of bucks less than a sit-down place; instead, a sandwich only costs a whopping $8.50.

            The same sandwich at L.O.'s or South Street - places where you can sit down and enjoy your meal, have a beer, etc., is under $7.

            1. re: Jack Flash

              Gotta agree, JackFlash. There's just something wrong about paying high prices for food from a truck where you have to stand to eat.

            2. re: wrlord

              Absolutely 100% agreed. SPE truck has the best flavor and is the most authentic.

              1. re: QualityMart

                Agreed... a major contributor to the price (Aside from them using higher quality steak than most places) is also what you pay for them importing the Amoroso Rolls... that's the only way their sloppy sandwiches are able to be eaten standing up, other places, their roll falls apart by the third bite! Bleh! Also, be sure to asked for some of their italian peppers.... SO GOOD!


                1. re: Dommy

                  The point is more than there are other places also using Amoroso rolls, and yet they still manage to charge a couple bucks less than the truck.

            3. This place gets my vote. Ice cold beer on tap, too.


              1. Over in NELA there is a place called Boos Philly Steak.

                I have yet to try it.


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                1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                  Didn't know it was there. Sounds interesting and worth a try!

                  1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                    Boos sounds interesting, worth checking out.

                    If the current South Street locations are the same quality-wise as the now-defunct Westwood location, it's gotta be the worst cheesesteak I've ever tried.

                    Hard to say with Philly's Best, as there are so many locations. But if they're all pretty much the same, then they're decent, but hardly the best.

                    I haven't tried SPE or Luigi Ortega's - sadly, I'm falling out of love with cheesesteaks the older I get and the longer I'm away from Philly - but as I've said in every other thread, the closest I've ever had to a "real" cheesesteak here in LA is at Big Mike's in Hermosa Beach. But I haven't been there in a few years.

                    1. re: mrhooks

                      I went to Boos today. Very impressed with them! They serve it on Amoroso buns, they're also stocked with Tastycakes and Wise chips. It's been 30 years since I've had Wise chips, as good as I remember them. I'll definitely go back for more!