Food & Drink

Philly’s 7 Best Roast Pork Sandwiches

Published On 05/13/2015 Published On 05/13/2015
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1. John's Roast Pork 14 Snyder Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Throwing down in the Philly cheesesteak arena is John's, local purveyor of delicious hot roast pork sandwiches. Arrive before 3pm to indulge in the cheesy, meaty wonders of this popular lunch shack. John's Roast Pork stands out in a city known for its sandwiches, and we are convinced that they serve up some of the best sandwiches of all time.

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2. George's Sandwich Shop 900 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

It doesn't get more Philly than the long-running George's Sandwich Shop. Located in the heart of Italian Market, this local hub pairs meat-centric sandwiches with broccoli rabe. it’s a great spot to show your out-of-town friends a real Philly experience after a morning walking through the Italian market.

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3. DiNic's 1136 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

This tourist lunch mecca in Reading Terminal Market is known for its butchered meat and lavish sandwiches that are worth the wait and the impending food coma. Hand-carved beef brisket, homemade Italian sausage, and giant meatballs all make DiNic's a haven for carnivores, but it's the massive roast pork and broccoli rabe sandwich served on a foot-long, warm Italian loaf that's won accolades (the Travel Channel once named it the best in America). The space is casual and unassuming in contrast to the food, which certainly makes a big deal of itself.

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4. High Street on Market 308 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

You’ve never had bread quite like the ancient grains, roasted potato, or anadama on grill at High Street on Market. The New American haunt in Old City centers its menu on local grains, which High Street refines and finesses at the crack of dawn each day into the stuff of sandwiches, pastries, and pastas that bedeck the breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. For lunch, it is sinful to miss out on the smoky and briny pastrami on rye, dressed with cabbage slaw, Russian dressing, and Gulden’s mustard. Opt for the pastas at dinner; they’re decidedly un-Italian and, therefore, entirely unforgettable.

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5. Tony Luke's 39 E Oregon Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148

This City of Brotherly Love mainstay specializes in classic Italian sandwiches and the only Philadelphia classic that matters -- the cheesesteak. Bite into one of their specialty jawns (the roast pork Italian should do) and tell your friends... unless your friends are fans of Pat's. Or Geno's. Or...

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6. Shank's Original 901 S Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Shank’s, that little place that you drive by on the way to Target that looks like a rest stop, is a sleeper option for one of the better pork sandwiches in the city. Its Roast Pork Italiano has the right ratio of ingredients, served on a seeded roll that's worth the extra 50 cents.