Today I happened to be in Valencia for lunch, so I went to The Final Score on Lyons to get one of their Philly cheese steak sandwiches. It was ten bucks, but worth every penny. Huge portion and amazing flavor. Just the sauteed onions and peppers were good enough to be a sandwich all on their own.
The owner said hello and asked if everything was ok, so I told him that his sandwich was the best in the world. He said that he only uses unfrozen USDA choice or prime filet mignon from the US... cornfed. He went into great detail about how suppliers try to trick restaurants into buying inferior meat, and how he has devised clever ways to foil them. One of his tips was... If you want to find out if a restaurant has high quality turkey, tell them you are allergic to nitrites and sulfites and have them ask the chef if the turkey is safe for you to eat. He said that if you tell them you're allergic, they have to tell you the truth. He also said that Kobe wasn't a grade of beef, it's a type. He said the best beef is graded choice or prime... Nice guy and quite a character.
The Final Score is moving further down Lyons to Saugus. Apparently he is in the process of coming up with an expanded menu that will include east coast pizza and pasta. This guy seems to have the knowhow to really do it right!