Philadelphia, PA - Philly is the birthplace of the Cheesesteak and Hoagie. But, the Philly sandwich world is full of local eateries creating some of Philadelphia's Best Sandwiches and Must-Eats, which sometimes go unlooked by even locals.
The Best 10 Sandwiches in Philadelphia
Whether you're looking for a quick lunch or a pick-me-up, these Philly sandwich shops and delis are known for their fresh, delicious ingredients. From classic cheesesteaks to small Italian neighborhood spots offering up some of Philly's Must-Try Sandwiches. Below are Philly Bite Magazines Staff picks of the Best of The Philadelphia Specialty Sandwiches.
1 - Barrel's Fine Food - Blackened Chicken Ceaser
This small "South Philly" neighborhood restaurant offers a traditional lineup of Italian-American dishes in a family-style BYOB trattoria. 1725 Wolf St, Philadelphia, PA 19145
Blackened Chicken Ceaser Sandwich – Blackened Chichen, with romaine lettuce and house-made caesar dressing.
What we Like: This sandwich is simple but full of flavor and also comes without the bread as a Blackened Chicken Ceaser Salad.
2 -Hatville Deli | Reading Terminal Market - Pastrami Sandwich
There are plenty of places to eat at The Reading Terminal Market, but this little gem is the perfect place to grab a quick bite and is often overlooked by the crowds of tourists. Located in The Reading Terminal Market, 1136 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Pastrami Special Combo #9 - Thinly shaved Pastrami, coleslaw, and homemade Russian dressing on rye bread, Chips, and a drink.
What we Like: This sandwich is loaded with meat and well blended, with an out-of-this-world house-made Russian dressing.
3 -Mike's BBQ - Brisket Cheesesteak
Mike's offers straightforward barbecue & sides in modest digs, with plenty of classic BBQ sides. Get here early because they sell out quickly.1703 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Brisket Cheesesteak - Cooper Sharp Wiz & Fried Onions
What we Like: The Brisket Cheesesteak is a perfect way to enjoy a unique take on the Philly Cheesesteak and Mike's very popular barbeque brisket. But what puts it above the average cheesesteak is the Cooper cheese and smoked brisket combo on a great roll.
4 -McNally's Tavern - Schmitter
An old-school tavern serving up unique sandwiches, draft beer & family-friendly vibe. 8634 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA
The Schmitter – Sliced beef with extra cheese, fried onions, tomatoes, grilled salami, and homemade Schmitter Sauce on a flash-broiled Kaiser Roll. Name after ex-Phillies player Mike Schmitt.
What we Like: This sandwich is a must-try before you die—the perfect blend of meats and veggies. While you can get it at the ballpark, you should enjoy this Philly classic with a cold beer at the bar.
5 -Rocco's Sausages - Italian sweet or Hot Sausage Sandwich
Located at Home Depo in South Philly - This place makes excellent Italian sausage, onions, and peppers on a soft roll.2200 W Oregon Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145
Italian sweet or Hot Sausage Sandwich - Sweet or Hot Sausage on a long roll with your choice of fillings.
What we Like: Rocco's makes, hands down, the best sausage sandwiches in town, a perfect grill combination of meat and fillings on a perfect roll. And for under $10, you can get the combo with chips and a can of soda.
6 - Love & Honey Fried Chicken - “OG” Fried Chicken Sandwich
Fried chicken platters with Southern-style sides served in bright, counter-serve surrounds. 1100 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
“OG” Fried Chicken Sandwich – Buttermilk Fried Chicken Breast, With a Spicy Slaw, Sweet Pickles on a Toasted Buttermilk Brioche Bun, slathered in Buttermilk Ranch.
What we Like: Love & Honey is owned by a former Cambell Soup chef and his wife, a pastry chef. The duo is frying up and baking some of the city's best Fried Chicken, and let's not forget the fresh-baked pies.
7 -Dattilo's Delicatessen - Traditional Cheesesteak
Family-run Italian deli offering fresh & cooked meats, cheeses & hearty sandwiches, plus groceries. 8000 Horrocks St, Philadelphia, PA 19152
Traditional Cheesesteak - 8 Ounces of Sirloin in a 12” Crisp Italian Roll, made with 100% Ribeye Steak Thinly Sliced and Grilled to Perfection.
What we Like: Hands down in Philly, the best cheesesteak; ask Philadelphia's Cheesesteak Authority Jim Pappas from the Philadelphia Cheesekseak Adventure. Dattilo ranks on Jim's list of over 600 cheesesteaks as #1. Also noteworthy is the Chicken Cutlett.
8 - Old Original Nick's Roast Beef - Roast Beef Sandwich
A long-standing family-run joint offering up hand-carved roast beef sandwiches & gravy fries. 2149 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19145
Roast Beef Sandwich - Excellent roast beef and pork sandwiches with gravy provolone on a kaiser roll.
What we Like: This is the place to go in Philly for roast beef sandwiches, and don't forget a side order of gravy fries that are out of this world alongside an ice-cold beer.
9 - Lucky's Last Chance - PB & Bacon Burger
Lively bar with gourmet burgers, craft cocktails & a substantial beer menu, plus dancing upstairs. 4421 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127
PB & Bacon Burger - 3-time Philadelphia Burger Brawl People's Choice award winner! The childhood favorite with an adult twist. Creamy peanut butter, American cheese, & bacon with a side of grape jelly. Unexpectedly delicious.
What we Like: What can you say? This place keeps winning Philadelphia's Burger Brawl yearly. The menu is full of unique burger options, and let's not forget an order of fries.
Written By: Philly Bite Magazines Staff
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