I stopped by this new place this afternoon (on my way up Lake to Altadena to check-out the new Bulgarini Gelato - thought I should consume something "healthy" before indulging in the gelato). It's a small store-front with tables inside and a few just outside the door on the sidewalk. Ordered a "Philly" (onions and cheese) to go - forgot to specify cheese choice, but I think I was given provolone. It was a massive sandwich - made it back to my car and continued up Lake about a block when the scent was just too much and I had to pull into a parking lot to "just taste" the sandwich. Steamingly hot meat, finely chopped, some onions (next time I'll order extras), and lots of meltingly gooey cheese all blended together - encased in a fresh, slightly chewy, firm roll. Pretty near perfect. Actually, it might have been perfect, had I not burned my tongue with my first bite. But I ignored the pain and devoured the half of the sandwich I'd decided was "mine" (the other half was destined for my co-hound). Really, really, really darn good.
I'm not a cheesesteak snob and have had many that I've liked, but I think that this is the best I've had. Everything melded together to become something much greater than the sum of its parts - I'll be back to try the other menu offerings very soon.
Oh - service was fast and very friendly - I think it was Dan who was manning the register and we chatted a bit - I 'fessed-up that I'd heard about the restaurant on CH (and thanks to whoever originally posted about it!) and had to stop by.
720 North Lake Avenue (east side of the street, just north of Orange Grove)
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