Boos Philly Cheesesteak
I love a good Philly Cheesesteak. While I've been eating them for years and know what I like in a cheesesteak, I have literally never set foot in the City of Brotherly Love, so I can't tell you what's truly authentic. I can, however, tell you what's tasty, and the new Boos Philly Cheesesteaks at the corner of Virgil and Fountain is tasty.
This cheesesteak is a hefty overstuffed sandwhich served on a big Amoroso roll. I like them with provolone (yes Cheez Whiz is considered authentic and they offer it, but I've just never been able to do it). The steak was great, thin cut with plenty of pepper. I got mine with onions and then loaded with sweet peppers out of the condiment jar, but you can get it cooked up with mushrooms and peppers as well.
I'm thrilled to have a Hollywood/Los Feliz area option for cheesesteaks, and this is a satisfying one that measures up well to the best I've had. The cheese melts into a nearly transparent state and the bun soaks up the flavorful grease from the cheese, beef and onions, creating a slightly mushy whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. It's about the gestalt, and this place has got that down.
You could put ketchup on you steak (or Sriracha, which is also on the condiment table), but I've always preferred to eat my cheesesteaks sans condiments, just letting the beef, cheese, onions and peppers speak for themselves.
Fries are fine but nothing to write home about.
The biggest downside to this place is the parking. They have a tiny lot (four regular and one disabled space) and street parking is rough. Go off-peak to assure yourself a spot, but do go if you're a cheesesteak fan. And if you're from Philly, as the owners are, let me know how you think it stacks up to the real thing.
Boos Philly Cheesesteaks
4501 Fountain Ave. (parking lot off Virgil)
Los Angeles, CA 90029
I'm from Germantown in Philly myself. The menu looks great. The thing that makes it authentic is that they offer a plain steak. People from Philly eat those, too. I can't wait to try one out and get my Tastykake on!
I lived in Philly for 8 years, and to my mind, though I haven't tried Boos yet, the best cheesesteak I've found in LA is at the Great Western Steak and Hoagie Company on Lincoln and Superba, just a little north of Venice Blvd. I always order the #5: Cheesesteak with sauce and onions and I always get the "white American" cheese which Philly fans know is at least as authentic, and I think much tastier than, provolone or cheese whiz. Order by phone, and it will be ready in about 10 minutes...310-450-4545