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Flamin’ Hot Cheesesteak Baos Are Heatin’ Up Our Appetites

One of the most outside-the-box creations we’ve seen in preparation for the upcoming NOODS NOODS NOODS Asian food festival, presented by Cup Noodles, has got to be these Flamin’ Hot Cheesesteak Baos.

The concept is pretty simple: the insides of a traditional Philly Cheesesteak (beef, onions, peppers , and cheese) are served inside a steamed bun. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos is then dusted on the bao like a mighty coat of flamin’ honor.


We were a little apprehensive about such an idea at first, but it totally works.

Created by The Kroft, a Southern California sandwich and poutine spot, the surreal take on the iconic sandwich will be an exclusive menu item at NOODS. If you haven’t picked up  your tickets yet, you can still do so here. Tickets are available for the Marketplace (entrance fee and buy as you go) or VIP (all you can eat and drink).


This Restaurant Does A Philly Cheesesteak Frittata That Looks INSANE


Elephant Bar Restaurant, a popular restaurant chain, has introduced a brand new weekend brunch menu that’s sure to turn a few heads. One of the most noteworthy items from that selection comes in the form of this Philly Cheesesteak Frittata.

This amazing-looking frittata features an open-faced omelet with seared Philly steak. It’s topped with caramelized bell peppers & onions, pepper jack queso and a chipotle pesto sauce. The frittata is served with breakfast potatoes.


Other items include the Sunrise Breakfast Tostada and the Raspberry Passion Pancakes.

Elephant Bar’s weekend brunch began May 7 and will be available for the foreseeable future. You can find it at any of the restaurant’s 28 locations.

Photos: Christian Bourdeau

Fast Food

Philly’s Best Adds Cheesy New Cordon Bleu Sandwich


If you’re craving some Philly Cheesesteaks in the West Coast, Philly’s Best is as good a place as any to get a quick fix. The West Coast sandwich chain specializes in making the popular East Coast sandwich for Californians. With 21 locations, the restaurant chain added a brand new sandwich to their lineup.

That sandwich is the Philly Chicken Cordon Bleu, based off of the popular meat and cheese dish.

The Philly Chicken Cordon Bleu is made with a thinly-sliced piece of chicken and Boar’s Head ham that’s chopped into chunks and topped with melted White American Cheese and served on a soft Amoroso roll.


We stopped by a local Philly’s Best to get some intimate shots of the new sandwich and, y’know, try it.

Wasn’t bad at all.

You can get the sandwich for $8.49, depending on the location. The Cordon Bleu will be available at all Philly’s Best locations until May 31.

Fast Food

Burger King Creates An Extra Long Philly Cheeseburger


It seems these days, Burger King only puts out extra-long sandwiches. Not that we’re complaining. The latest addition to the fast food chain’s line of burgers is the new Extra Long Philly Cheeseburger.

Based on the popular Philly Cheesesteak sandwich, the burger features two beef patties topped with cheese slices, grilled onions and an extra layer of cheese sauce on an extra-long sesame bun. If you’re a fast of beef and cheese, this is pretty much as good as it gets.

The burger will only be available for a limited time at participating Burger King locations.

H/T + Photo: Brand Eating


15 Foods That Define America, According To The Rest Of The World

Everyone has an opinion when it comes to American food. A few weeks ago, we shared a video showing Korean girls trying American barbecue for the first time and what their initial impressions were.

What we spent most of our lives eating in the US is a completely different experience for those living on the other side of the world.

A question was recently posed on Reddit asking what non-Americans would consider American food. Growing up in the US, there are a TON of answers that immediately popped into our heads.

Pretty cool to see what folks from other countries consider the symbol of American food.


Corn Dogs




Sloppy Joe’s


Fried Chicken and Waffles




New England Clam Chowder


Buffalo Wings


Dr. Pepper


Peanut Butter


Hot Dogs

Hot Dog Stk



Burger and Fries


Philly Cheesesteak


Delivery Pizza





A Terminal-By-Terminal Guide To Eating At LAX


Airports are magical places. No, not because of the giant flying vehicles that allow people to travel across the world at tremendous speeds. They stopped calling that magic years ago. Rather, it’s that they’re meeting grounds for loved ones and adventure seekers all looking for their place in the world.

However, traveling cannot be done on an empty stomach.

This is why we went through all the terminals at Los Angeles International Airport to find the most delicious and drool-worthy menu items you should try. Whether it’s before boarding or after a long, exhausting flight, the airport dining experience is detrimental. So when there’s good food to be had, you really need to know where to find it.

Also, there’s booze. Booze everywhere.

Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese


Who: Ford’s Filling Station

What: With a name like Ford’s Filling Station, you’d better believe travelers will expect to leave with a belly full of fuel. The Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese is a perfect combination of savory…and savory. You’ll probably still feel it resting comfortable in your stomach, miles into the air.

Where: Terminal 5

Spanish Omelet


Who: bld (Breakfast Lunch Dinner)

What: If you’re in the mood for a rustic breakfast, Breakfast Lunch Dinner should do the trick. The Spanish Omelet is stuffed with chorizo, fingerling potatoes, roasted piquillo peppers, paprika, and manchego cheese, and it’s served with herb-roasted potatoes and choice of bread.

Where: Terminal 7

Pastrami Sandwich


Who: Cole’s

What: Nothing goes better with a nice tall glass of beer like a hearty Pastrami Sandwich. Stacked with a generous amount of cured meat, the sammich is served with a pickle spear bar side.

Where: Terminal 4

Champagne and Caviar


Who: Petrossian Caviar & Champagne Bar

What: Feeling fancy? You’re already in the international terminal, why not indulge yourselves further with some champagne and caviar? Served with crackers and other hors d’oeuvres, it’ll be a light snack to tide you over until your in-flight meal.

Where: Tom Bradley International Terminal



Who: La Provence Patisserie and Cafe

What: If you’re looking for a last-minute gift, look no further than a box of assorted macarons. These colorful pastries, albeit pricey, will definitely bring a smile to the recipient’s face. Or you can just buy a box for yourself and eat them while you’re waiting for luggage.

Where: Terminal 4



Who: Loteria! Grill

What: Tacos galore. Perfect for someone looking for a quick, light and savory meal. Includes different styles of pork, beef, chicken and veggies prepared in savory marinades and salsas. Order them in singles, pairs or platters.

Where: Terminal 5



Who: 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria

What: Travelers can choose from a pre-designed pizza, like the classic Margarita, or build their own from 800 Degree’s list of toppings and sauces. Either way, the pizzas should put you in a comfortable slumber for the majority of your flight or the car ride from the airport.

Where: Tom Bradley International Terminal

Veggie Bowls


Who: Real Food Daily

What: The LAX and Pasa[dena] Bowls. The Pasa bowl features quinoa, club seitan and mixed veggies over a bed of rice. The LAX Bowl boasts black beans, jalapeño cashew cheese, guacamole and a lime-cilantro dressing over brown rice. A perfect spot for vegetarians, vegans and anyone looking for a healthy meal before flying.

Where: Terminal 4



Who: Lemonade

What: Lemons. Water. Sugar. Who would have thought that three simple ingredients could become a beverage popular enough to open a restaurant around? With tons of stores all over California, and one in the Middle East, Lemonade is a light pit stop through the terminal. They don’t just have lemonade either, food can also be found.

Where: Terminal 5

LAX Burger (Umami)


Who: Umami Burger

What: An Umami Burger with port-caramelized onions and a Stilton blue cheese spread. Greasy, juicy, savory. That’s pretty much all you need to know here.

Where: Tom Bradley International Terminal

Chicken and Waffles


Who: Engine Co. No. 28

What: An insanely crispy piece of chicken thrown on top of a savory Belgian waffle. While Engine Co. doses the sucker with a special sausage country gravy, don’t let that deter you from drowning it in maple syrup as well. They also serve some chili that’s pretty fire, although you might want to pass on that if you’re in for a long flight.

Where: Terminal 8

Corned Beef Hash


Who: Campanile

What: We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Corned beef hash is one of the most under-appreciated breakfast foods out there. You got your savory potatoes, deliciously salty corned beef and a shamefully yolky poached egg.

Where: Terminal 4



Who: B Grill by BOA Steakhouse

What: There’s nothing better than a nice, juicy, well-seasoned steak. If you call yourself steakhouse, you better believe people are you going to expect a great steak. Needless to say, B Grill delivers, even with the high-speed expectations of diners running late for flights. Their BOA Burger is pretty legit, also.

Where: Terminal 7

Breakfast Pizza


Who: Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill

What: Our two favorite foods: breakfast and pizza. Breakfast pizzas will always hold a magical place in our hearts. Sammy’s boasts two morning pies on their menu, one featuring sausage, mushrooms and eggs, and the other, bacon, cheddar and eggs.

Where: Terminal 4

Philly Cheesesteak


Who: Rolling Stone Bar & Grill

What: Comfort food at its finest. Made with marinated beef, sauteed onions and melted provolone, Rolling Stone serves their Philly cheesesteak on a toasted bun topped with diced red and green peppers.

Where: Terminal 7



Who: Vanilla Bake Shop

What: Honey-roasted peanuts just can’t satisfy a sweet tooth like a cupcake can. Vanilla Bake Shop pretty much has it all: chocolates, macarons and cupcakes. We recommend trying a red velvet cupcake, or three.

Where: Tom Bradley International Terminal

Kogi Tacos & Quesadilla


Who: Kogi

What: You would think the last place you’d find a Kogi truck would be smack dab in the middle of an airport. Yet, here we are. Nestled in the heart of Terminal 4, Kogi recreated an authentic truck serving the same fusion foods you find on the streets. A wild Roy Choi may occasionally appear.

Where: Terminal 4

The LAX Burger (The Counter)


Who: The Counter

What: Yep, another LAX Burger. This burger, however, features quite a few more toppings than its Umami counterpart. Stacked with onion confit, sauteed mushrooms, horseradish aioli and a brioche bun, the burger boasts a hormone- and antibiotic-free beef patty.

Where: Terminal 7

Fish Tacos


Who: Slapfish

What: A cajun rubbed fish taco for those craving some seafood before some quick globe-trotting. The tacos are topped with cabbage and a tangy tartar sauce. Though if you’re gonna cross the ocean, you might want to ease up on that sauce.

Where: Terminal 2

Stinky Fries


Who: Sea Legs

What: Fries drenched in a three-cheese garlic fondue. It’s topped with shaved parmesan and truffle oil. Just remember to pop a mint before boarding, cause you’ll probably devour these.

Where: Terminal 2

The LAXisHappening website also features terminal-specfic information on all the restaurants availibable at whatever terminal you’re in.

Photos by Peter Pham. Cover image photographed by Brian Yamamoto


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Duck Cheesesteaks Are the Luscious, More Pretentious Philly Sandwich of Choice

Inspired by some fresh shaved duck breast at a local market, famously bearded food blogger Dan decided that Philly was no longer going to be the only locale that would dictate the ingredients in a cheesesteak sandwich.

The result? A beautifully constructed duck cheesesteak that features multiples pounds of shaved duck breast, onions, a hint of orange and gruyere.  I hope the bun is lined with foie gras, now that’d be decadent!

Sounds impeccable. Could duck be the new steak alternative? Try the recipe for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!