The Philly’s Best story begins in the 1980s when Levey was stationed in San Diego, California while serving in the Navy. Far from home and finding no place to satisfy his cheesesteak cravings, the dream of bringing his favorite Philly food to SoCal was born. Along with his Philly-native wife, Andrea, the couple opened their first Philly’s Best Cheesesteak and Hoagie Shop in 1992. Since then, the brand has expanded throughout California and has long been hailed by Philadelphia transplants as the most authentic Philly Cheesesteak in the state. Further proving that Philly’s Best continues to deliver amazing eats, they were just named a 2021 “Best Sandwich in Orange County” by the Orange County Register, and recognized as “Best Sandwich” by the readers of OC Weekly for three consecutive years. Other notable accolades include “Best Cheesesteak” by LA Magazine and “Favorite Sandwich Shop” by the readers of Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.
Levey continued, “We’ve proudly served Real Deal Philly to our California guests for nearly 30 years with our authentic Philly Cheesesteaks rivaling what you’d find at the best sandwich shops in Philly. The addition of bacon and ranch to our popular Chicken Cheesesteak gives fans a chance to try a new take on a Philly’s Best favorite, and it does not disappoint!”
Philly’s Best is celebrating nearly 30 years of true Philly flavor in California. The company was started by native Philadelphians Bob and Andrea Levey, who wanted to bring the flavors of Philadelphia to their new home of Southern California. In 1992, they opened their first Philly’s Best location in Fountain Valley. The company’s authentic flavors start with proprietary recipes, along with ingredients and products direct from Philadelphia, including Amoroso® rolls, Herr’s® Chips, Taylor® Pork Roll, Hank’s Soda, Pennsylvania Dutch Birch Beer® and a variety of TastyKake® offerings. A uniquely Philly brand and concept, Philly’s Best has grown to 19 locations throughout Southern and Northern California with expansion on the horizon. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.eatphillysbest.com, call (949) 206-9724, “Like” them on Facebook, or follow on Instagram and Twitter.