Philly West Bar & Grill
Los Angeles, CA 90025
LA Weekly's Description
Is Philly West Bar & Grill on Westwood Boulevard responsible for the overall lack of great Philly cheesesteaks in Los Angeles? Perhaps. Their light, chewy Italian rolls mimic the standard Amoroso version found in the City of Brotherly Love, and the thinly sliced ribeye is as nearly perfect a version as you'll find. Diehards opt for a spray of Cheez Whiz, but you won't catch more than a sideways glance if you ask the boisterous crew to pile on the provolone or white American instead. You'll always find loads of onions, and at Philly West you can suck down a birch beer or round out your meal with a Tastykake as well. The room is spare but complete, with a full bar, a few local beers on tap and an original 1980's Philiies world championship poster on the wall. What more could you want from your local cheesesteak shop?
Despite the downtown sushi restaurant that has reimagined the cheesesteak as an egg roll stuffing, and the close approximations of cheesesteaks assembled at both Vietnamese banh mi parlors and a Jewish delicatessen in the deep Valley, the basic form of the Philadelphia cheesesteak is well-settled. There will be a light, chewy Italian roll, almost certainly imported from the... More >>
Despite the downtown sushi restaurant that has reimagined the cheesesteak as an egg roll stuffing, and the close approximations of cheesesteaks assembled at both Vietnamese banh mi parlors and a Jewish delicatessen in the deep Valley, the basic form of the Philadelphia cheesesteak is well-settled. There will be a light, chewy Italian roll, almost certainly imported from the Amoroso bakery in Philadelphia itself; there will be onions; and there will be thin, griddled shavings of the cheapest imaginable beef. There will be a choice of available cheeses, including white American, hot Cheez Whiz and sharp provolone, although it will have melted completely into the meat before you have the chance to take a bite. It is not strictly necessary for a cheesesteak emporium to have birch beer, Tastykakes or a poster of the 1980 Phillies, but it is never a bad thing extra points for an autographed photo of Tug McGraw. South Street and the Philly's Best chain both serve pretty decent cheesesteaks. Fredo's, a specialist in Pasadena, made exemplary cheesesteaks until the proprietor left in August. (They're still very good.) Philly West, an Eagles-centric dive bar near Westwood, may chop their meat a little too finely, but they've mastered the proper ratio of onions to steak, and of chomp to goo. But for the love of God, ask them to hold the tomato sauce.Jonathan Gold
Tips from foursquare
Cocktail and a Cheese Steak.
You MUST get the tasty cakes!!!
Nice sandwich and burger place. Prices are reasonable and they're not overcrowded at lunch time.
It’s not fancy, but it doesn’t need to be - with Eagles, Phillies, and Penn memorabilia on the walls, the Eagles on the sets, and a juicy cheesesteak, it’s a little slice of home.
Best pastrami sub!