This West Philly institution blends Philadelphia hoagie culture with Jewish deli fare. The tiny storefront is manned by a staff that's equal parts expert sandwich makers and Borscht Belt stand-up comedians, doling out all sorts of adults-only humor along with plenty of free samples of everything from pastrami to potato salad (and yes, you're going to eat that potato salad out of hand). While the deli sandwiches here reach Carnegie Deli heights and are nothing to scoff at, the Jewish Hoagie
is where it's at. The Amoroso roll that barely houses this splitting at the seams masterpiece is piled high with corned beef, peppery pastrami, spiced beef (according to the owners, only available at Koch's), tangy kosher salami, American cheese, shredded iceberg, tomatoes, and pickled banana peppers that lend enough acid to cut through this salty, meaty gargantuan hoagie. Just a word to the wise, our friendly deli man said that one of his regulars dislocated his jaw while attempting to tackle one of these bad boys, so proceed with care!
Koch's Deli: 4309 Locust Street, Philadelphia PA 19104 (map)