Food & Drink

The 11 Best Sandwiches in Philly That Aren’t Cheesesteaks

Published On 08/10/2015 Published On 08/10/2015
Johnny Brenda's
Wedge + Fig
Courtesy of Jason Varney
The Industry Bar
Garces Trading Company
Plenty Cafe
Beck's Cajun Cafe
Bridges, Burgers & Beer
Courtesy of Jake's Sandwich Board
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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. Johnny Brenda's 1201 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Johnny Brenda's features all kinds of local beer and plenty of live music out of their divey, Fishtown digs.

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3. PYT 1050 N Hancock St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

It's hard to go wrong with consuming a half-pound of red-sauced meatball flattened between two fried lasagna patties. If you don't catch that, you can always back it up with a summery Jamaican jerk chicken burger bundled between fried plantains.

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4. Wedge + Fig 160 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Restyling the Old City Cheese Shop digs with plaid-topped tables and a gravel-floored, stone-walled patio, Wedge's peddling curds from a "cheese cave" (a glass cooler with cheeses tagged w/ country of origin and flavor deets) plus a lineup of sammie

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5. 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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6. The Industry Bar 1401 E Moyamensing Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Although the Industry Bar features some slick local brews on tap and serves a more than decent dinner, you'll wanna hit up the brunch inside the cabin-like interior to lap up some middle-of-the-day 'tails and super-tasty eats.

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7. Garces Trading Company 1111 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

GTC's Iron Chef Jose Garces' first foray into culinary curation: an indoor cafe and marketplace modeled after outdoor European affairs stocked with goods and ingredients featured on his menus, from hand-selected coffee roasts and pastries to imported cheeses and prepared foods, with full-service high-top butcher's block tables plus the option to uncork 200+ bottles of vino (purchased from the PLCB's first wine boutique).

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8. Beck's Cajun Cafe 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Opening today in the Reading Terminal Market, Beck's is a red, green, and yellow stand with dedicated seating for 12, serving authentic 'Nawlins fare made from near-daily shipments of ingredients from Big Easy vendors like Crescent City Meats, providing andouille, tasso, & alligator sausage, as well as country ham from Chisesi's Pride and chicory roast from Community Coffee, surely funded by Community Chest.

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9. McNally's Tavern 8634 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118

This historic tavern was established in 1921 and is known for their signature steak-and-grilled-salami sandwich, the Schmitter, which you can also score at Citizens Bank Park and Lincoln Financial Field.

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10. Jake's Sandwich Board 122 S 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Jake's slings authentic hoagies and variations on classics (try the cranberry-mustard pork sandwich). They're also known for their involvement with Food Network's Outrageous Food, where diners can attempt to chow down a 2ft Philly cheesesteak. Sounds hard, right? Then maybe we shouldn't tell you that it's also topped with Tastykakes and Peanut Chews.