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Philly cheese steak truck to roll through L.A.

August 6, 2009 |  1:17 pm

A Philly cheesesteak and Tastykakes

South Philly-style cheese steaks will be the next item joining Los Angeles' ever-expanding roster of nouveau food trucks. The South Philly Experience is set to roll out  in two to three weeks -- if all goes as planned for cousins Jonathan Salvatore and Scott Springfield. The pair now live in Santa Monica but grew up "just across the bridge from Philly" in south New Jersey.

As its name suggests, the South Philly Experience will offer South Philadelphia-inspired sandwiches: meatball subs, chicken cutlets, pulled pork with broccoli rabe and, of course, cheese steaks. Made on bread that will be shipped from the popular Amoroso's Baking Co. in Philadelphia, the sandwiches will cost $8 to $11. 

"Out here, we can't find the sandwiches we're used to back home," Salvatore says. "Our sandwiches will all have homemade, authentic, fresh ingredients. There's nothing frozen or pre-made about them." 

You can also get a side of French fries, and to please East Coast transplants hungry for a treat that's rare in Southern California, dessert will come in the form of Tastykakes. Specifically, the truck will sell Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes, Butterscotch Krimpets and chocolate cupcakes.

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times