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Boo's Philly Cheesesteak in East Hollywood/West Silver Lake/South Los Feliz

lil mikey Jul 28, 2012 12:43 PM

7 ounces of steak on a 10 inch Amoroso roll, choice of cheese and toppings including provolone, white cheddar, American or whiz and mushrooms, grilled onions and grilled peppers.

Steak is about a half inch thick when it hits the grill, so it’s thick enough to become tender and not dried-out. Grilled onions and sweet grilled peppers, with a very slight spiciness to the peppers are a good topping to keep the sandwich very moist and flavorful. Provolone is under the meat so it melts and doesn’t get all over the place. And the Amoroso roll is fresh and soft, but firm enough to keep its shape.

Fries were abundant, perfectly cooked and apparently fried in fresh oil as the flavor was outstanding.

Service was friendly and helpful, with 5 people working for about 10 tables.

This is a great addition to the neighborhood.

  1. JeMange Jul 28, 2012 02:48 PM

    +1 on that.

    Been a few times already and have to say that their steaks - I usually go for the hoagie steak with provolone, mushrooms, onions - tastes very much the same as what we used to get when I would visit Philly or Joisey shore locations in the summer as a kid.

    Fries are solid but the portion is almost too much for one. My only suggestion would be to add onion rings to the menu.

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      nosh Jul 28, 2012 03:13 PM

      Address? Prices? I assume it is an order-at-the-counter place -- does it have TVs?

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        New Trial Jul 28, 2012 03:29 PM

        It is at the NW Corner of Virgil and Fountain and has a small parking lot but street parking is available, too. You order at the counter and they bring it to you. There is a flatscreen TV and there is a small patio. Cheesesteak is $7.95 (specialty steaks are $1 more, cheese-less $1 less).

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          JeMange Jul 28, 2012 03:47 PM

          http://www.boosphillycheesesteaks.com/

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            lil mikey Jul 29, 2012 06:59 PM

            They must have added a TV for the Olympics because there were two there when we went and we were treated to women's swimming.

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          ns1 Jul 28, 2012 04:00 PM

          +1 great hoagies too.

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            kevin Jul 30, 2012 07:23 PM

            ok, im gonna hit it up, hopefully they take credit cards too.

            and i can get my Cheez Whiz on the steak with those griddled onions and i'm all good for a disgusting but tasty meal.

            am i the only one that is completely disgusted my cheesesteaks yet they are so fucking good at the same time. ???

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              ns1 Jul 30, 2012 11:35 PM

              yes they got whiz

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              LAgirl2 Aug 1, 2012 09:26 PM

              I've been meaning to check out this place since they opened and now i'm going to try and get there this weekend. i'll probably go for a cheesesteak on my 1st visit (provolone, mushrooms, grilled onions), but i'm curious about that hoagie. have you tried the italian hoagie? (i'm hoping it's a good east coast hoagie in this neck of the woods)

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                ns1 Aug 2, 2012 09:23 AM

                Yes I did. It was the closest thing I've been able to find to the hoagies I had in NJ (I know they're a little bit different than Philly, but you get the point).

                An excellent option if you don't want something heavy.

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                  LAgirl2 Aug 2, 2012 06:40 PM

                  thanks! sounds very promising. i'm originally from boston and have a fondness for east coast italian american deli sandwiches (and other foods). the only thing that has kept me from trying them out is that ricky's fish tacos is across the street.........and it's hard not to get distracted.

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                    ns1 Aug 2, 2012 07:08 PM

                    Ricky's before 5, Boo's after

                    Problem solved!

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                      kevin Aug 2, 2012 07:30 PM

                      Love it. that does sound like the perfect solution.

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                        LAgirl2 Aug 2, 2012 07:42 PM

                        hehe. i'm usually over that way on the weekends mid-day----so that food decision can become tough (also i tend to detour to umami around the corner for a manly burger-n-brew once a month or so). maybe boo's can do a shrimp po boy w/ the shrimp from ricky's in the amoroso roll........

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                kevin Jul 30, 2012 07:21 PM

                wow, i haven't been here yet.

                but i did remember someone singing the praises of this joint a few months back.

                and sweet grilled peppers ???

                it's so back on my radar now.

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                  JosephEBacon Jul 30, 2012 08:41 PM

                  It's very good. And if you don't want fries, they do have Wise potato chips,

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                    kevin Jul 31, 2012 11:19 AM

                    i'll get the tasty cakes and that candy bar from Philly if they have those too.

                    A real junk food lunch to end all junk food lunches.

                    I doubt they serve Philly birch beer there too, or better yet real beer too ?

                    Thanks.

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                      JosephEBacon Aug 1, 2012 09:36 PM

                      I don't remember them having Birch Beer, but they have a Pepsi machine. No real beer or wine, sorry...

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                        LAgirl2 Aug 4, 2012 04:34 PM

                        too bad they don't serve real beer......that was the only thing missing from my lunch there today. i got the mushroom steak w/ provolone & grilled onions. i thought the meat had a tad too much black pepper flavor (minor quibble) but it was a good and pretty large sandwich.

                        i would have also liked some pepperocini to put on top---they did have a couple of jars of other types of marinated peppers (and hot sauce) on the counter. evidently the amoroso rolls come from sysco---they were making a delivery while i was there and unloading boxes of the rolls (among other items).

                        as lil mikey mentioned, they had a lot of people working there and the service was very fast and friendly.

                        i'm looking forward to trying the italian hoagie next time i'm over there (they're using dietz & watson meats vs boar's head for those that are interested).

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                          ns1 Aug 7, 2012 01:05 AM

                          I did my houndly duty today.

                           
                           
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                            LAgirl2 Aug 7, 2012 07:37 AM

                            hey-----it looks like they have peperocini after all! i'll have to ask for some on my cheesesteak next time. that a pretty good looking hoagie!

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                              ns1 Aug 7, 2012 09:20 AM

                              my advice to you is ask for it to go. They are more "forceful" with it when you get it to-go and things are much, much neater. Impossible to eat the sandwich as the picture is taken unless you use your index finger to constantly smash in the toppings.

                              it is delicious though.

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                                LAgirl2 Aug 7, 2012 06:11 PM

                                I had to use my finger to smash the mushrooms/meat/onions into the roll on the cheesesteak while eating it. ingredients were flying everywhere. i was happy that the roll held up to all the juices until the last bite. it almost became a french dip sandwich by that point---the insides of the bread saturated w/ au jus from the cooked veggies and meat.

                                i'll for sure have them pack the hoagie to go when i have some time to get back over there. i think that will allow the flavors to mingle a bit and then i can have a beer along side while eating it @ home.

                                wow---extra provolone + wiz!!! thats allota cheese!

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                              kevin Aug 7, 2012 09:55 AM

                              surprisingly it looks a little dainty.

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                                ns1 Aug 7, 2012 10:01 AM

                                it's bigger than a godmother but doesn't have as much meat.

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                                  kevin Aug 7, 2012 10:29 AM

                                  dang, i'll hopefully hit up soon.

                                  but i'll prolly have to eat it there.

                                  since i don't live near H'wd.

                                  i wonder if the turkey hoagie is decent too,

                                  form the pic, did you sprinkle on that pepper mix on top of the pepperoncinis or did they do it already ???

                                  thanks.

                                  it's gonna be hard to stay away from the tasty cakes too.

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                                    ns1 Aug 7, 2012 10:56 AM

                                    It came like that. I would advise you to get it to go just so they wrap it up for you.

                                    also got a cheesesteak with extra onions extra provolone and whiz. holy hell that thing was the cheesiest cheesesteak I've ever eaten.

                  2. lil mikey Mar 18, 2013 05:10 PM

                    Update: They have abandoned the thick steak in favor of thinly sliced steak. It's still tasty and moist. It's just pre-sliced when it hits the grill.

                    We recently tried the pizza flavored cheesesteak, which was fine but I like the original version described above better. Fries still outstanding.

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                      LAgirl2 Mar 18, 2013 07:55 PM

                      When I went the first time (last Aug.), they were already using the thinly sliced (probably prepackaged) steak and yes, the sandwich was tasty and moist.

                      I finally got around to trying the hoagie---it was a really solid east-coast hoagie but it made me crave a sandwich from an Italian deli instead. I think commercial deli meats these days are over salted and lacking in flavor. Granted, a sandwich from Mozza2go is almost twice the price as Boo's. But Boo's is very good for what it is.

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