“From the outside, Philly West is just another westside storefront,” says PaulF. “The street’s a little too bright in the sun, the BMW-Hyundai ratio along Westwood tilts dramatically in favor of the Germans and not the Koreans.”
But inside, it’s a hidden gem of a bar, pleasantly dark, plenty of sports memorabilia, a couple of TVs—and a great, great burger.
The bartender is as affable to newbies as to regulars—and there’s a guy who looks like he’s been sitting on his stool since Goldwater ran for president. It’s a mixed crowd, with some guys in construction garb and others in suits, their ties flipped over their shoulders to chow down on their sandwiches.
“In a world that’s been lessened by the ubiquitous pre-made beef patty and the set in stone sesame seed bun, the Philly West burger is an original,” says PaulF. The bun is a chewy, tasty sandwich roll; the burger, obviously hand-formed, is topped with perfectly grilled onions.
The burger itself is strongly beefy, flame-broiled with a nice but light char on the outside; it’s soft and juicy inside. OK, it could use a bit more salt and pepper, but a little of each “would elevate this sandwich to near-legendary status.” The half-pound burger is about $5 without cheese.
Fries are very good, and so is the Philly cheesesteak (there are several iterations). The menu overall looks pretty appealing, including a made-to-order egg salad.
Oh, and very key for Westwood: This place has a parking lot.
Speaking of Philly cheesesteaks, shenry is sad to report the closure of Markie D’s. After 20-plus years in the food industry, Markie is hanging up his grill spatula and moving on. There will be new owners and a similar menu but different recipes.
That leaves the aforementioned Philly West as probably the best purveyor of cheesesteaks on the Westside, says nosh.
Philly West Bar & Grill [Westside–Inland]
1870 Westwood Boulevard, Westwood
Big Mike’s Philly Steaks [South Bay]
507 Main Street, El Segundo