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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Philly’s Best: Celebrating 25 years making authentic Philly cheesesteaks and hoagies

The menu items in this post were provided by Philly’s Best but the opinions expressed here are my own.

Philly’s Best has been one of our go-to places to get a cheesesteak since we were in college. The first location opened in Fountain Valley in 1992, my senior year in high school, and became one of our spots to meet for lunch between classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Bob and Andrea Levey have “steaked” their claim as “Best of LA” to get an authentic taste of Philly. You can’t have a proper cheesesteak without Amoroso rolls. Philly’s Best imports these special rolls along with some Philly favorite snacks like Wise Chips and Tastykakes. If you have been to the City of Brotherly Love, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Earlier this year, they celebrated their 25th anniversary across their 21 locations in Southern California.

Here is a look at some of my favorite menu items:

Philly’s Best ($8.99) is a cheesesteak with sweet peppers and mushrooms. This cheesesteak is exactly what I want when I crave one – thinly sliced, juicy steak, gooey cheese, sweet grilled peppers and onions, and earthy mushrooms that soak up all the beefy juices from the grill. The Amoroso bread is like a French and sourdough mix of flavors with a chewy interior. Rating: 5/5

Cheesesteak Fries ($7.99) are their French fries topped “wit” cheese sauce, thinly sliced steak, and onions. If you love “loaded fries” like I do, you need to order this! My hubby steers clear as he is not a “cheese sauce” type of guy, but when fries are in the mix, I love cheese sauce. It sticks to the fries while also helping the other toppings stick for a delicious bite every time. I love their cheesesteaks but I have to admit I love the cheesesteak fries even more! Rating: 5/5

Pizza Fries ($3.49) are their French fries topped “wit” pizza and cheese sauce. I love cheese sauce with fries but with the pizza sauce, I think shredded mozzarella or provolone would have been better. The creaminess of the cheese would work better with the sweetness of the pizza sauce and fit better with the Italian flavor profile. It’s a smaller portion than the cheesesteak fries and works well as a side to a cheesesteak or hoagie. Rating: 4.5/5

Thinking of buying a plane ticket to Philadelphia to experience one of their most iconic foods? Fo’ get about it! Hop in the car and take a short drive to the nearest Philly’s Best!

Sepcials for Phil eClub members:

  • $1 off any ice cold Coca Cola fountain drink with purchase of any sandwich and a side of fries or onion rings through 6/30/2017
  • 5 on 5 Special: Any sandwich $5.99 on the 5th, 15th, and 25th at the Orange location.

Ambiance: 4 out of 5
D├ęcor: 4 out of 5 stars
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Food: 5 out of 5 stars

For more information:
4250 Barranca Pkwy. Ste R
Irvine, CA 92604
Reservations: None, fast casual
Hours: Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Knott’s Berry Farm’s Ghost Town Alive! takes you back in time to the Old West

The experience and food in this post were provided by Knott’s Berry Farm but the opinions expressed here are my own.

There once was a town in the Old West called Calico where the lives of cowboys and outlaws intertwined with good, law abiding townsfolk. On this fine day, Mayor Howell welcomes townsfolk and guests alike to the Founders’ Day celebration with a pony race, shooting contest, and hoedown. Yeehaw! But, the Mayfield gang is due to be released from the custody of Sheriff Wheeler today. Oh my!

They call me, Clementine Mayfield. I’m a long-lost niece of my Uncle Sad Eye Joe Mayfield. He be getting’ out of jail today. I reckon he’ll have some plans. Wink, wink.

Ain’t Betty the cutest pony you ever did see!

I found the Mayfield hideout, but they gone robbin’ without me!

I found Boothill Cemetery, but didn’t find any of our kinfolk buried there.

The Pony Express Outpost even trusts us Mayfields to deliver packages around town. I delivered this here package to Town Hall.

I swear I was tempted to hijack that darn Rio Grande train, but I heard there is gold in them hills.

In them hills is Calico Mine Co., where we hitched a ride on the mine car and found LOTS OF GOLD! I can’t wait to tell Uncle Sad Eye Joe!

  • Tip: If you are planning an event like a corporate team building event, corporate sales meeting, wedding, family reunion, etc., Knott’s a great place. They have locations like Wilderness Dance Hall to host your event. They can handle groups of 50 to 5,000.

A Mayfield’s mind is always turning and we need food to keep us on our toes. A country lunch of Mrs. Knott’s Fried Chicken, Boysenberry BBQ Meatballs, potato salad, pasta salad, fresh fruit, and Caesar salad hit the spot!

A meal ain’t complete without boysenberry pie! Hoo doggy!

It’s summer so git down to Knott’s Berry Farm for Ghost Town Alive! now through the 4th of September Two Thousand and Seventeen. Say howdy to my Uncle Sad Eye Joe!

For more information:
8039 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90620

  • 2017 Season Pass: $109 for all ages 3+, valid through 12/31/2017
  • 2017 Gold Pass: $126 includes admission to Knott’s Berry Farm and Soak City Waterpark, for all ages 3+, valid through 12/31/2017
  • 2017 Platinum Pass: $212 – 48” and taller, $172 – under 48” or age 62+, included admission to Knott’s Berry Farm, Soak City Waterpark, and all Cedar Fair Parks plus parking, valid through 12/31/2017
  • Single Day Admission: $75 ($48 if purchased online) – ages 12 to 61, $45 – ages 3 to 11 or age 62+

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