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
Décor: 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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