Top 5 Sandwiches in Philly
After living in Philadelphia for almost two years, I have come to realize that this city, just a mere two hour Amtrak ride from Manhattan, has an incredible food scene. One might think that all the city has to offer are Philly Cheesesteaks from Pat’s or Geno’s (there are way better places to get a cheesesteak by the way). But sandwiches are held in pretty high regard and I have had my fair share of them. Here are my top five sandwiches:
1. The Incomparable Schmitter® – McNally’s Tavern
Yes, this sandwich really does have a trademark. Created by Hugh James, grandson of founder Rose McNally, for a local Dennis Krenich, aka Schmidter, because he only drank the local beer Schmidt’s. Packed with sliced beef, cheese, fried onions, tomato, grilled salami and a special sauce on a warm kaiser, this delicious sandwich is often referred to as the ultimate cheesesteak.
8634 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118
2. The Roast Pork Sandwich – DiNic’s
Located in the Reading Terminal Market (much like the Chelsea Market), DiNic’s has been voted “The Best Sandwich in America” by The Travel Channel. If roast pork sandwiches are your favorite, then look no further. The pork is rubbed with Italian herbs and spices, roasted for five hours, then sliced thin and topped with provolone and broccoli rabe.
51 N 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
3. Paesano – Paesano’s
By far one of the most unique and delicious sandwiches in Philly. Served with beef brisket, horseradish mayo, roasted tomatoes, pepperoncino, sharp provolone & fried egg, this strange but incredible combination of flavors will leave you wanting to order another for the road.
1017 S 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
4. The Godfather – Cosmi’s Deli
Forget getting an Italian Hoagie. The Godfather is the true Italian sandwich you want to get your hands on, topped with prosciutto, sopressata, fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil, green olives, extra-virgin olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar.
1501 S. 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
5. Philly Cheesesteak – Dalessandro’s Steaks
It seems right to end this list with a Philly Cheesesteak. Especially one being from Dalessandro’s (which is a five minute walk from my apartment). A 12-inch hoagie overstuffed with shaved steak, grilled onions, cheese whiz and hot peppers, this sandwich will keep you full days.
600 Wendover St
Philadelphia, PA 19128
If you’ve never been to Philly before, now you have a list of good lunch spots to check out. Philly natives, what do you think of this list?