Sandwich gathering/tour of Philly
New poster, but frequent contributer to a number of other food sites - was referred here by barryg.
Will be visiting Philadelphia from 5/22 - 5/27, in part for a conference but also for the food. I've been before, most recently in August 2010, and had a great time.
Given the city's history of interesting sandwiches I wanted to get together a small (or large) group to check out a number spots while conserving capacity - I don't need a whole Roast Pork from John's, Arista from Paesano's, or Cheese Steak, etc - just enough to get a feel for them. I've put together a few fun food groups for Pizza in Manhattan and Brooklyn plus the roast pig dinner at Amada on my last visit.
My ideal date would be 5/22 but if a weekend was more idealized I could probably make 5/26 work as well. Final list of places (and order) would be deferred to the locals who know the city best.
No problem if people aren't interested, but its been a lot of fun in the past.
Thanks to those who've responded via message or e-mail. Likely looking at 5/22 midday. Others are welcome and even encouraged.
The best sandwich at Paesano's is the Gustaio (lamb sausage, cherry mostarda, gorgonzola, fennel, arugula).
Contrary to popular belief, you go to John's for their Cheesesteak's, which many think are the best in the city.
The best roast pork, IMO, is at DiNic's in the Reading Terminal Market. Hand carved, with sharp provolone, greens (broccoli rabe), and roasted peppers.
Other greats include the Vegetarian Special at Chickie's Italian Deli (delicious), the Pork or Kabob Banh-Mi at Ba Le (6th & Washington), and the Italian Hoagie at Salumeria in the Reading Terminal Market. The Korean Tacos at Giwa are also great.
I might suggest you make a stop at Federal Donuts as well. It's quite the rage right now:
Actually, this is quite a diverse list if I may say so myself. You can just use it in it's entirety
I feel like the only thing it's missing is a soft-shell crab sandwich, which are in season right now (though may be out of season by the time you get here). Foobooz did a blog post recently about all of the great soft-shell crab sandwiches in town.
Thanks. Some of those were on the list - others not.
If you'd like to join us the date is 5/22, likely starting ~11ish.
Soup Kitchen Cafe
Hands down the best pork sammich in Philly is at Soup Kitchen in New Kensington. Soup Kitchen Cafe It is worth the trip up there. The beef short rib sandwich is also incredible. Actually, everything is! It's pretty much my favorite lunch spot in the city. If you really want to impress on your sandwich tour, then a stop at Soup Kitchen is a must!
I like Georges on 9th Street in the Italian Market. He was featured on Andrew Zimmerns show.
He does tongue, tripe, spicy veal and some other stuff which are just real good traditional working guys food. His sandwiches are very, very, very good.
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