Colorado Chow

(including Glendale, Eagle Rock, Pasadena, Arcadia, Monrovia)

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Lee's Hoagie House:
2269 E. Colorad Blvd

Today I was cruising down Colorado when I spied on a Hoagie joint on the corner of a strip mall near Sierra Madre. Lee's Hoagie House - I stopped to try a sandwich. I had my share of steak this week so I opted for a coldcut sandwich instead of a cheesesteak. Here I present, Lee's Italian Supreme. I put a quarter on the wrap so you get some perspective. This sandwich was huge - and just a total of $6.22.

The joint was totally packed so I took my hoagie to go. The interior is simple and the customers looked like regulars from all walks of life - office workers, cops, and older folks hanging out.

I've never been to Philly so I can't comment on the authenticity. I'll let others debate that. All I know is that I enjoyed this sandwich.

Here is a view of one half. You can see how the sandwich was constructed. One thing though - this is a wet sandwich so it'll get soggy really fast so don't let it sit for too long. Probably best to have it there - if you can get a seat.

The "wetness" came from the onion/pepper sauce that they put on at your request. Here's a close up. The peppers had a kick! I can see some people not getting into the vinegar and hot stuff though. To each their own...

I'll be sure to go back and try out a Cheesesteak soon.

Lee's Hoagie House
2269 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena Ca 91107 (626) 577-2250
M-F: 7am-7pm; Sat: 7am-4pm


  • At July 06, 2006 9:55 PM, Anonymous Tommy D said…

    That's one of my favorite restaurants because of their simplicity, quality, and the great taste of their comfort foods. You have to try their chicken hoagie which is by far their most popular sandwich (the chicken is grilled to perfection). The cheesesteak with marinara and that onion/peper sauce is really good and unique as well. And if you get there for breakfast, their omelletes are awesome too.. it definitely gets crowded on saturday mornings. I've been eating there for many years and they keep me coming back... I love it because it feels more like a good ol' small town hoagie house rather than the usual LA stuff.. nice change of pace.

  • At July 15, 2006 5:12 PM, Blogger chowchow said…

    Tommy D: Thanks for the low down. I've been meaning to try that Chicken Hoagie and the breakfast menu looked good when I scanned it. Will be definitely going back to try more things on the menu.

  • At July 24, 2006 12:33 AM, Anonymous tommy d said…

    chowchow: No worries bud. It's funny b/c I didn't try their chicken hoagie until about a year after I started going there b/c I got a little obsessed with their cheesesteak and salads... lol and that's one of the things they're most known for. Lately, I've been getting their Santa Fe Chicken which is a platter with broiled chicken w/ strips of bacon and cheese and a little barbecue sauce on top... it comes with veggies and rice... for around 6.50-7 bucks which aint bad at all when you get quality food. And on real hot days, I'll stop by to get their Super Italian on a tortilla and ask them to cut it into the spirals (kind of like the one's at Costco, but these are soooo much better).. and they're like a plateful of delicious mini sandwiches... nice to look at too =P It's not on their menu, but they do it for catering and it's a real good cheap meal. Like I said before, I've been going there for years after I moved here from the midwest and have never had a bad meal there... I also just heard that they have a special rendition of "chicken & eggs" for breakfast (like steak and eggs).. I'm intrigued to try it if I can get there in time for breakfast one day... anyway - really cool blog - i've been reading up on new places to try - take care

  • At July 24, 2006 5:10 PM, Blogger chowchow said…

    tommy d: Man, your reply is making me hungry... I need to get back to this place...

  • At January 10, 2007 6:56 PM, Anonymous Badd Ass Mister J said…

    You've got to come back for the CheeseSteaks! They are to die for! But avoid "Go-Go sushi"

    While you are here, you might as well check out "Luigi Ortega's" and "Big Mama's and Big Papa's Pizzaria" Home of the 36-inch Pizza (that is 3 feet across)

  • At January 10, 2007 10:00 PM, Blogger chowchow said…

    BaddAss: I've been meaning to get to a "round 2" post on Lee's Hoagie. Been there for a cheessteak, chicken hoagie and a breakfast. All of which I totally enjoyed.

    The gogo sushi looks suspect. I'm not stepping foot in there but Luigi's sounds interesting. I got to witness a 3 foot pizza!!

  • At June 12, 2007 11:25 AM, Blogger Joe said…

    Lee's Hoagies in Colorado!?! Amazing. I am a Philadelphia native who grew up on Lee's, as they're everywhere in Philly since the early '80's. My whole family literally ate Lee's EVERY Sunday of my childhood. They're incredible. Specials, imperials, cheltenhams, cheesesteaks. All of the above go great with a bag of Utz Kettle Classics, a frosty Yuengling and the EAGLES. Wow I'm getting hungry already. Lee's RULES!

  • At October 09, 2007 7:33 PM, Blogger Adam said…

    hey man, i was doin a project for school bout my life, and I work at a lees just outside of philly and came upon this. Glad you liked it :). This is crazy talk with all this omellete stuff though :P. Anywho, if your ever in Newtown PA, stop by for a hoagie made by the best :)

  • At June 19, 2008 12:48 AM, Blogger asruge said…

    my dad grew up in philly - mr. lee used to make his hoagies


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