Loaded Roast Pork from DiNic's at the Navy Yard
15 Kitty Hawk Avenue, Philadelphia Navy Yard (map)
Roast Pork from Nick's Roast Beef
Gravy Fries from Nick's Roast Beef
Unlike other gravy fries, the gravy that's scooped on to this little boat of fries is the stuff that comes from the bottoms of the hotel pans of roast beef sitting behind the bar. Totally beefy and chunky with countless little chards of roast beef resting on the fries, think of these fries as Philly poutine.
Veal Cutlet from Barrel's Fine Foods
Tripe from George's Sandwich Shop
Pork Sandwich from Porky's Point
Get the roast pork sandwich. The ultra tender pulled and chopped pork meat is similar to what you'd find at an island pig roast, but stuffed into a hoagie roll and covered in their spicy red tomato-based sauce that's the standard dressing for everything on the menu from mofungo to pig's ears. Incredible.
3824 North 5th Street Philadelphia, PA 19140 (map) 215-221-6243
Fish Cake from Pat's Steaks
Fish Hoagie from Bizini's Seafood Steaks and Hoagies
1800 Lindley Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19141 (map) 215-329-6465
Chicken Cutlet Hoagie from Shank's Original
The chicken cutlet here is giant in comparison to the anemic, pounded flat versions that other places pass off. The chicken breast—a breaded, fried, and generously seasoned cutlet—is nestled into a long, unseeded roll from Aversa Bakery and topped with slices of white American, shredded lettuce, tomato, and plenty of mayo. This cutlet hoagie tastes like what a sandwich from Chik-fil-A can only dream of being.
Hot Sausage from Rocco's at Home Depot
We went with spicy sausage, ultra sweet onions, and a squirt of spicy mustard for big sandwich with two lengths of hot but not killer sausage. Great fuel before a trip into the Depot. Oh and if you're a steak and sausage envious New Yorker, it's worth noting that Rocco's has a location at the Long Island City Home Depot in Queens!
Hot Beef and Cheese from Cherry Street Tavern
On a menu that features all sorts of perfectly dated plates like liverwurst sandwiches and a pepperoni, cheese and crackers appetizer, the hot beef and cheese is a standout. Piled thick onto a chewy kaiser roll, the beef is hand carved and piled on with plenty of jus-like gravy and melty sharp provolone. And for a bit of heat sandwiches are served with sides of pickled cherry peppers and a ramekin of horseradish. Also worth a mention is their off the menu roast pork sandwich.
129 N. 22nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19103 (map) 215-561-5683
Meatball Sandwich from Vincenzo's Cafe
1626 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148; 215-463-6811