24223 Crenshaw Blvd Ste J
Torrance, CA 90505
Philly’s Best is in the Torrance Crossroads on the North side in the location previously occupied by La Salsa. Dining is available inside at low and high tables and at concrete picnic tables outside. Parking is shared with other local restaurants and the Office Depot store. Like most similar restaurants you order at the register from the overhead menu and your name is called when the food is ready.
CARL: I am not a Philly Cheesesteak fan but when a huge batch of coupons arrived at my Torrance offices, I figured that was enough reason to give it a try. Who doesn’t like a good deal right? The coupons arrived in the mail custom printed with my business name and set up to be posted in the company break room. Well, the joke is on them, we don’t have a break room so I kept all the coupons for myself! With coupons in hand Oliver and I set out to the Philly’s Best in the old La Salsa location. The restaurant was refreshed but basically the same layout as the La Salsa. I ordered the Philly’s Best signature sandwich ($6.99) – the Philly Cheesesteak with thinly sliced steak, Amoroso bread, cheese and fried onions. As expected the steak was good but I found the bread to be especially good. Overall it was a fairly basic sandwich and about right for seven bucks. How will it do against the next door neighbor – Subway? I’m thinking it will take away some business from Subway but both will likely do well and be good neighbors. Good sandwich, clean tables, good value. 4 Pigs.
Oliver: For years a good sandwich was the main staple of my diet. I mostly would eat Italian deli sandwiches, but I also really like a good Philly Cheese Steak. As simple as a cheese steak sandwich may seem, there are many ways to make a good one or a bad one. size and flavor are all that matters in this world. So you better get it right, especially when you have Subway quite literally, next door. Philly’s Best offers a nice selection on the variations of a Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich, there are plenty of variations on the menu to keep you busy trying them all out. I ordered the Pepper Steak Cheese Steak. Comes as you would expect, with green peppers.
First thing is you are greeted with a good sized portion, and there is enough meat to satisfy this Lunch Pig. You can also visit their salsa style bar and get many flavors to apply to your sandwich to give it your own spice. I kept mine virgin this round. The meat had a good consistency and good flavor. Plenty of cheese and a very soft roll make this a delight to eat.
I definitely enjoyed the sandwich, the vibe of the place was good and we got out for a low price of under $13 for two people, that is of course using the coupons, but even with out it would have met our $10 per person goal. I give these guys 4 pigs and wish them luck.