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Top Sandwiches In Philadelphia

February 9, 2010 10:20 AM

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Pastrami from Famous 4th Street deli. (credit:

Pastrami from Famous 4th Street deli. (credit:

When it comes to sandwiches, Philadelphia is the place to be. Some would say the heart of the city can be found between a sliced, crusty long roll. From juicy roast pork to packed hoagies, Philly boasts a massive selection of handheld eats. So forget about cheesesteaks for a minute, and try a few of the most addictive sandwiches around. -Ted Scheid

Famous 4th Street Delicatessen

famous4thstreet Top Sandwiches In Philadelphia

Pastrami from Famous 4th Street deli. (credit:

700 S 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 922-3274

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!


paesanos Top Sandwiches In Philadelphia

The famed Arista sandwich (roast suckling pig with broccoli rabe) from Paesano's. (credit:

152 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(267) 886-9556

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’s

dinics Top Sandwiches In Philadelphia

Tommy DiNic's. (credit:

Reading Terminal Market
1136 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

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 Hoagies

primohoagies Top Sandwiches In Philadelphia

A diablo hoagie from Primo Hoagies. (credit:

2043 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 496-0540

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 Deli

sarcones Top Sandwiches In Philadelphia

Slicing the incredible bread at Sarcone's. (credit:

736 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 922-1717

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!

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  • Amy in Minnesota

    Mmmm wawa…. lol

  • mike in Philly

    want a really great corned beef special sandwich?? try “Jack’s deli” on Bustleton Ave a few blocks above Rhawn street.. best in city and maybe better than the mighty New York area where they don’t seem to know what cole slaw is on sandwiches…

    • Elliot Miller

      I was very disappointed with my corn beef sandwich. Very light with serving but not the price.

  • dan

    what about making your own

  • mark S

    Dont forget marinucci’s in the northeast… Brous/St. Vincent…Great food!

  • CAPS

    Primo’s use to be good, but no w they put less meat on the sandwiches. I recently got a chicken cutlet with 1 chicken cutlet cut up, it in NO WAY looked like the picture above !

  • Willphill1

    No way Primos belongs on this list.

  • Jimmy

    What About Melino’s 15th & Ellsworth (South Phila.)

  • phil

    Wawa makes a better hogie than Primos.

  • Chefpaulo

    That Primo thing is no “hoagie.” For a discussion on the topic, go to:

  • Howard

    Primos is overrated.

  • eddie v

    how do you leave out the the 2010 philadelphia magazine winner – D’Alessandro’s Deli (oregon ave in south philly). this place puts all others to shame.

  • Bill Z

    What happened to John’s Pork Sandwich & Cheesesteaks ???

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