I recently went to the K Town Night Market in Los Angeles and passed by Boo’s Philly Cheesesteaks while in a gluttonous stupor. I made a note of it and finally went back when I wasn’t so full of Asian fusion food. Boo’s has been on my list of must try places for awhile but driving to LA can be a pain. The Korea Town location isn’t too bad and there is validated parking.
Boo’s Philly Cheesteak
- Ribeye steak
- Fried onions
- 1/2 White American cheese 1/2 Cheese Whiz
- Amoroso Roll
With an over 100 year history in the U.S. (and Philadelphia) Amoroso Italian rolls are synonymous with the cheesesteak. I prefer bread with a harder crust, but I can see why the Amoroso roll is important to the cheeseteak equation. There is a flavor to the bread that does more than just hold the meat and cheese and it’s softness adds to the richness of the sandwich, putting it all together in a hot messy meat cheesy harmony. I felt that the roll that I had at Boo’s was little more dry than the Amoroso Roll’s I eat at Philly’s Best, but that may have just been my imagination.
I’ve eaten a lot of cheesesteaks in Southern California and I’d be lying if I told you that they all tasted distinctly different from one another. Boo’s chopped ribeye steak has been the most flavorful of the cheesesteaks that I’ve had. It’s easy for the meat to get drowned out by all the melted cheese, but in this situation I felt that the steak really shined through everything. I don’t know if the meat is seasoned a special way or something, but it really did stand out from other chopped steaks that I have had. More fried onions would’ve been nice, but that’s just a personal preference.
The Cheese Whiz is saltier and a stronger flavor than the American cheese. Next time, I’ll go with American or Provolone.
At $8.95 a cheesesteak, Boo’s prices are reasonable, especially when you consider how expensive everything in Los Angeles can be. Compared to most cheesesteak places in Orange County, Boo’s is very competitive for what you get.
I appreciate Boo’s Philly Cheesesteaks because they keep their menu simple and concise; I think most of us can agree that simplicity and quality are integral parts of a good cheesesteak. There aren’t a lot of components, but each ingredient makes a deeper impact on the sandwich as a whole. Boo’s does simple well and the people that work there are incredibly friendly.
Of all the cheesesteaks I’ve had in Southern California, Boo’s certainly rates near the top. It’s everything I need in a cheesesteak with no unnecessary frills. They’re open late on the weekends and deliver via almost every app and program you can find. Be sure to check them out if you’re ever in L.A.
Boo’s Philly cheesesteaks (K town)
3377 Wilshire Blvd. #103
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Fri-Sat: 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Sun: 11:00 pm – 9:00 pm
4501 Fountain Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Mon-Sat: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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