Finding Philly Cheesesteaks in Koreatown

Two local joints compete with gut-busters and flavor bombs

The day after Valentine’s Day, Wes Lieberher and Jimmy Han—the team behind Koreatown’s Beer Belly—opened Whiz, a Philly Cheesesteak joint. You can’t miss it if you drive past on 6th. A flora-meets-fauna mural by street artists MR44 and Swanski makes for an eye-catching facade. In addition to an array of gooey cheesesteaks, the menu lists gut-busting staples like chicken wings, loaded fries, hoagies, and burgers. The stand out ingredient? House-made cheese whiz. (Cheese whiz is guilt-free when it’s homemade, right?)

Beer Belly chef Wes Lieberher, who hails from South Philadelphia, is behind the creatively crazy menu at Whiz. He’s excited to be cooking the food he remembers eating as a kid. The neighborhood provided some additional inspiration for dishes like fries with Sriracha Island dressing and wings that come slathered in Buffalo sauce, red curry, or sweet and spicy basil glaze. We can’t wait to get our paws on the balls ‘o bacon, a hot sandwich filled with porky meatballs, sweet tomato sauce, and melty cheese.

Whiz is open daily from 11:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. Whiz, 3901 W. 6th St. #A, Koreatown, 213-249-9449 or

Late last year, Boo’s Philly Cheesesteaks opened a branch of their Silver Lake outpost in Koreatown on Wilshire near Normandie. The menu here is more true to a Philly sandwich shop—only cheesesteaks and hoagies are on offer. On the cheesesteak side of things, add mushrooms, peppers, or pizza toppings to your steak and grilled onions, and then pick from three different kinds of cheese: white American, Provolone, or whiz.

Both cheesesteaks (served hot) and hoagies (served cold) come on soft Philly-style Amoroso buns. There’s no beer or wine here, so consider Boo’s your lunch stop (you can even place an order online)—or hit it on the way home to soak up those drinks you had downtown.

Boo’s is open from 11 a.m. until 12 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Boo’s, 3377 Wilshire Blvd. #103, Koreatown, 213-388-1955 or