Finally made it to Markie D's Taste of Philly today,its been on my must try list. Being an east coast transplant(30 years in LA)my Philly cheese steak exposure was limited. My only close encounter has been at Connal's and Lee's Hoagie House and other non-descript places serving something they call a cheese steak sandwich.
We ordered from Markie D (kind of looked like Drew Carey-he said "D" stands for Danger and laughed)and asked if we should have it with Cheez Whiz. He said that's a south side thing- where he comes from in Philly its white American cheese. They have Cheez Whiz, white American cheese and Provolone cheese. Went with the white american cheese and grilled onions. Every bite was heaven. He says some places get the frozen dough for the rolls from Philly and bake them like he used to do. Now he gets his fresh Italian rolls from a bakery down the street and says its better. He said his steak comes from Culver City Meat Company, "you can't beat our meat"(really that's their slogan). He said he's been at the Culver City location for a few years and was at the Third Street Promenade for 10+ years?
A great Philly experience-I'll have to go back and try Markie D's Hoagie's, pizza and Italian water ice. Tough call with Tito's Tacos and Johnnie's Pastrami right around the corner.
On the way home we stopped at Surfas Restaurant Supply for the first time...food and cooking gadget heaven...WOW!!!