I hope you have been well since last week spoke. In order to work off all of the sandwiches I’ve had in the past few weeks I decided to run in the Turkey Trot 5k on Thanksgiving.
Hence two Friday Brewday posts and no sandwich reviews since then. I’ve been nursing my aching muscles with high ABV Beer (Thanks to The Bruery and Beachwood BBQ for the medication).
But now that we’re in Holiday mode, we need to hit up some sandwiches and and go HAM, because really what else are you supposed to do for the span of time from Thanksgiving until New Year’s?
Where Everyone Knows Your Name
Recently I hit up Boo’s Philly Cheesesteaks and Hoagies in Silverlake. I had been told about this shop for a number of years but never got around to visiting.
To be honest, my place for cheesesteaks was South Street Steaks in Burbank. To me, nothing topped those guys, that is until they closed.
Now someone sane would just say “Sandwich Man, why don’t you hit up Philly’s Best? It’s nearby and provides a damn good cheesesteak too.”
But who am I to be so easily satisfied in the great cheesesteak hunt?
I ordered the Boo’s Pepper Steak, it comes with your choice of cheese (provolone obv.), sweet bell peppers and grilled onions. Straight and to the point, yet highly delicious. I also ordered some fries on the side.
Again, holiday season, let’s go HAM.
A True Contender?
Everything on this sandwich was delicious. Seriously. The steak was cooked just right, tender, juicy and very flavorful. The cheese had been melted through and was spread evenly over every bite, not just the occasional mouthful. The sweet bell peppers added a bit of texture and sweetness to the highly savory sandwich.
And the bread, well an authentic Amoroso roll is the right way to go here, Boo’s. Congrats on that. Fluffy and the perfect bookend to this delicious Philly classic.
Honestly, if the Eagles were on TV and not doing horrible this season, I might think for a moment I was back home in Philly after taking each bite from this sandwich.
The fries were great too, a bit crispy but a perfect side to this great sandwich.
South Street Who?
Look, I know it’s Los Angeles, but even so people stick to their Cheesesteak places like they do back home in the 215. I stayed with South Street all the years I lived here because I enjoyed their sandwiches, sure, but also it was my place. I’d go there to watch Phillies games or Eagles games. Occasionally a Flyers game.
That’s just where I went. And the food happened to be as close to what I could get back in Philly as was possible in LA.
But now Boo’s might just be the place to fill that empty, Liberty Bell shaped hole in my stomach since South Street closed.
Don’t tell South Street though, because Boo’s might just have topped them.
Until next week, Readers…
**** 1/2 Stars
Boo’s Philly Cheesesteaks and Hoagies
4501 Fountain Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029