So imagine our delight when a local newspaper informed us that Alex's Brown Bag, ten minutes away, made the best Philly Cheese-steaks west of...Philly.
We have heard this many times in our lives and gone to seek out such places. But Jim Mullen the owner of Alex's Brown Bag was the real deal. Born in Norristown, PA, just outside of Philly, he knows a cheesesteak and has gone to tremendous lengths to serve a perfect one. He is now able to get the meat and rolls from a company in Philly. The roll is as important as the meat-hard to describe why. It is not a hard roll but it has some crunch to it. It is definitely not the soft midwest rolls, Michiganders favor. Even bagels are soft in Michigan.But the meat, cheese, onions and peppers for those who like it hot are first-class too.
Jim sells other east coast favorites like hoagies, meatball hoagies and Tastykakes. We are in heaven thanks to Alex's Brown Bag. It is located at 5019 Cass St. in Pacific Beach and was recently voted the best sandwish in the San Diego area.
Take that fish tacos.