Famous 4th Street Delicatessen700 S 4th St Philadelphia, PA 19147 (215) 922-3274 www.famous4thstreetdelicatessen.com
There are plenty of places to get a decent bite in the city, but are few that have the essence of a quality New York delicatessen within a sandwich the size of your head. The portions at Famous 4th Street are massive, but the food is incredible. That’s probably why Philly’s most powerful politicians make this spot a regular hangout prior to Election Day. Plus, you get fresh baked chocolate chip cookies with your check!
Paesano’s152 W Girard Ave Philadelphia, PA 19123 (267) 886-9556 www.paesanosphillystyle.com
Paesano’s may be a relative newcomer to the city, but these sandwiches are so good Ben Franklin might come back from the dead just to get his hands on one. One taste of their sandwich made with succulent suckling pig may make you go into a spiritual journey of flavor. They recently opened up a second, sit-down location, but to get the true Paesano’s experience, you have to elbow up to the counter on Girard Street and chow down.
Tommy DiNic’sReading Terminal Market 1136 Arch St Philadelphia, PA 19147 http://www.readingterminalmarket.org/merchants/view/56
When you’re in Philly’s Reading Terminal, it’s hard not to find something good to eat. But when you’re at Tommy DiNic’s, you’re getting something great to eat. The star here are the mounds of incredible roast pork that sit atop a fresh roll. Add in some sharp provolone and hot peppers, and you have a sandwich to dream about. Not in the mood for pork (really?), well try out their roast beef, chicken, sausage or veal options.
Primo Hoagies2043 Chestnut St Philadelphia, PA 19103 (215) 496-0540 www.primohoagies.com
Primo’s may be a rapidly growing franchise in the area, but this is not your ordinary HOAGIE shop (there is no such thing as a submarine sandwich here). Crusty, seeded rolls are used as the foundation for some of the tastiest hoagies you’ll ever have. Want a little spice? Try one of their Diablo hoagies; it’ll get you sweating. If you’re looking for something a little tamer with a lot of flavor, go with a Schwartzie. One bite and you’ll see why they are Primo.
Sarcone’s Deli736 S 9th St Philadelphia, PA 19147 (215) 922-1717 www.sarconesdeli.com
If there was a godfather in Philadelphia’s sandwich family, he would set up shop at Sarcone’s. The rolls made at Sarcone’s are so unbelievable, they are in high demand by other sandwich makers in the city. Just seeing Sarcone’s rolls on the menu means you’re in the right place. If you get up early enough, you might just be able to snag a fresh hoagie from their deli, but be warned: once they are out of rolls, you are out of luck!