February 5, 2011

22nd & Philly Sandwich Quest

Our quest to try and review as many sandwiches in Philly minus cheesesteaks (overdone!) that we can.

This post will be continually updated with the sandwiches eaten on our quest. Please let us know your favorites so we can give them a whirl!

Paesano’s Lasagna Bolognese: Fried lasagna, mozzarella, provolone and an egg. Hello - that is a sandwich. 2011 Scarpetta Award Winner for best sandwich.

Banh Mi at Q.T. Vietnamese Sandwich: Nothing but disappoint with this crowd favorite.

DiNic's Roast Pork: Best sandwich in the U.S. according to Adam Richman.

Lobster Grilled Cheese at Luke’s Lobster: Perfect, albeit pricey, bite for winter months.

Border Springs Farm’s lamb shoulder, pulled pork and gyro. Best new place in Reading Terminal Market, no questions asked.

Cheesesteak Pretzel at Miller’s Twist: The best non-cheesesteak in Reading Terminal Market

The Grill at Smucker’s: The tender pot roast beef sandwich is good, not great.

Dienner’s Bar-B-Q Chicken: Skipped the pulled chicken, but check out the wings.

Hershel's Reuben: Just get this delicious sandwich

Stuffin' Cranberry from The Original Turkey. Expected more from this great idea. Add gravy perhaps?

Chicken Cutlet Italiano at Shank's Pier 40. Glen Macnow’s best hot sandwich in Philly. Overrated.

Beck’s Cajun CafĂ©’s Train Wreck Po-Boy: Amazing and creative. Get this one.

Bulgogi Cheesesteak at SK Pastrami & Things. Under the radar deliciousness.

Blue Belly BBQ’s Pulled Jerk Chicken: 2012 Scarpetta Award Winner for best sandwich.

Jake’s Sandwich Board’s 50/50 and Garlic Bomb. One of the Philly’s most creative sandwich joints.

HipCityVeg's Crispy HipCity Ranch: The only vegetarian sandwich I’d recommend to omnivores.

Cheesesteak at Ray's Pizzeria & Restaurant: Best cheesesteak in Lansdale and probably my favorite anywhere.

Meatball from Marabella: Good, not great.

Choripan Sandwich at Delicias Food Truck: Venezuelan food truck with good bites.

Stogie Joe's Tavern’s meatball sub: Go here for cheap bites and a great meatball sub. Also, get the pizza. 

Schlesinger's Delicatessen: Get the Mr. Schlesinger with corned beef, coleslaw and Russian dressing on rye.

Koja Food Truck’s Bulgogi Cheesesteak: An amazing sandwich and 2011 Scarpetta Award Winner for Best Food Truck.

Cucina Zapata: Darn good tacos from a fun and inventive Thai food truck. l

Magic Carpet Foods: Falafel from a popular truck in University City.

Local 215: Variety of gourmet items. Average.

Chewy's: Good place. Skimped on the number of sliders, but worth checking out.

Far From Home Cafe Food Truck: Now defunct, but excellent burger when it was around.

Govinda’s Vegetarian Chicken Cheesesteak: Terrible, but remains very popular among vegetarians.

Blackbird's seitan cheesesteak: Another extremely popular item among vegetarians. Not good at all.


TRapp said...

The Italian hoagie from Salumeria with the sharp provolone and house dressing (Reading Terminal Market). The Chicken Cutlet Italiano at Shanks.

Kristy said...

Thanks Tim! Will have to add those to our list. Just tried Paesano's. WOW.

Laurel said...

I hope you will invite your favorite QV friend along to 4th St Deli!

Kristen said...

my favorite sandwich in the entire city is the vegan chicken cheesesteak at Govinda's (Broad & South)... I know what you're thinking, but I promise you will not be disappointed!

Alison said...

At Famous 4th Street both the pastrami or corned beef reuben are amazing! Another one to try would be Tony Luke's (so worth the trip) roast pork or chicken cutlet, as well as almost anything from Sarcone's in the Italian Market neighborhood. Ohhh and the shortrib sando from Zama! So many good sammies in Philly!

Kristy said...

thanks Alison! Have had Tony Lukes and loved it. Just tried to get into Zama this weekend with no reservation and learned our lesson. Will try the short rib sandwich when we can get in there!

Anonymous said...

The Rueben sandwich at Hershell's at Reading Terminal market is the best rueben I have ever had. Asolutely worth adding to the list and checking out!