Illadelph Halflife

Living in Orange County I’ve always assumed that most cheese steaks were nothing more than roast beef smothered in undercooked onions and peppers and covered with whatever cheese the cook had lying around. After paying a visit to John’s Philly Grille in Anaheim, my opinion has been forever shattered.

The thicker than deli cut [but thinner than skirt] steak is tender, juicy and full of flavor. The peppers snap nicely while the grilled onions almost melt when they hit your tongue. Now I’m beginning to see what the folks in Philly are all retarded over. The tastes blend together nicely and each sandwich is prepared with loving care.

They also manage to keep a nice selection of bottled sodas in the cooler and a decent sized Tasty Kakes display on hand. The televisions throughout the resturant play sports and only sports. It should be noted that if Philadelphia has a game that day, all TVs will be dedicated to it. If you’re easily irritated by vocal but otherwise harmless sports fans, get your order “to go”. An average lunch for two should set you back around $14 with beverages and sides. 1784 S. Euclid Ave, Anaheim, 714.491.2733

5 Comments so far

  1. ocswing (unregistered) on October 13th, 2004 @ 11:56 pm

    I know I’m being picky here. I’m sure that the sandwich tastes good, but generally a philly cheese steak should be thin cut steak. It helps when mixing in the cheese while cooking. Either way, I’m still going to give that place a shot.

  2. Stuart (unregistered) on October 14th, 2004 @ 8:54 am

    Franks Philadelphia.
    Corner Fairview and Wilson , Costa Mesa.
    Thats all i am saying.

  3. mrhooks (unregistered) on October 14th, 2004 @ 10:48 am

    What OCSwing said. The steak should be rib eye too. If you’re really brave, get the original version a la Pat’s King of Steaks in South Philly – that is, with Cheez Whiz instead of provolone or white American cheese.

    Philly’s Best is a local OC chain that I heard has a very good cheesesteak. I haven’t been yet though. I think they make a point to have Amoroso bread sent to them from the East Coast, which all of the good cheesesteak places around here do.

    I’ll have to give Franks Philadelphia a try. Up until now, I have yet to find a cheesesteak here as good as the ones in Philly (although Big Mike’s in Hermosa Beach is close).

  4. Danielle (unregistered) on October 19th, 2004 @ 6:16 pm

    Since you are now a fan of Philly Cheese steaks, I must insist that you try Philly’s Best. They are the yummiest I’ve ever had! I was introduced to them by an ex-boyfriend and fell madly in love.

    The one I go to is in Fountain Valley, but I think they have some more local to Anaheim. I hope you take my recommendation. I know you will love that place. Happy cheese steaking :)

  5. Doug (unregistered) on February 28th, 2006 @ 12:19 pm

    Frank’s Philly in Costa Mesa is the Best. Great Philly their way or yours. The rest of the menu is just as terrific.

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