This modern Mexican spot on the 13th Street restaurant strip offers the traditional tenants of a good Cuban sandwich, but extra. The Cubano comes layered with bacon, caciocavallo cheese, roasted pork shoulder, and ham, as well as cabbage and pickles if you’re looking to satisfy a bigger crunch. The roast pork makes it a distinctly Philly take on a classic.
For most, Santucci’s is synonymous with some thick, square, upside down pizza, but that doesn’t mean the rest of its extensive menu should be overlooked. Among Santucci’s many feats is the quintessential meatball sub, made with sharp provolone, marinara, and a sprinkling of Parmesan. It’s served on a fresh seeded Italian roll, though you should probably get fries, too, to soak up any extra sauce.
DiNic’s Roast Pork
The roast pork sandwich is Philly’s actual best sandwich for those who know better (sorry, cheesesteaks), and DiNic’s is in the top most stratosphere in that sandwich genre. Head to Reading Terminal to get mounds of tender, slow roasted pork heaped on a roll. Many will say the best way to eat it is just plain, but some broccoli rabe and provolone don’t hurt, either.