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A Sandwich A Day: Home Depot Jerk Cheesesteak from Rocco's in Philadelphia

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[Photographs: Hawk Krall]

We visited Rocco's—a sandwich shop in front of the South Philly Home Depot, constantly bustling with contractors covered in drywall dust—a while back for their awesome italian sausage sandwiches. I couldn't help but notice a wild menu of exotic-sounding cheesesteak flavors like "cajun chipotle" and "teriyaki."

So on my next trip to pick up drain cleaner and picture wire, I stopped in to try Rocco's Jerk Cheesesteak and, wow, this thing was outstanding. The steak is cooked up with some sort of super spicy dry jerk seasoning, just barely cooled down by melted American cheese. It's like no other cheesesteak I've had before, in a good way. It also helps that they start out with tender, high quality steak, nicely carmelized onions slow cooked on the flat grill, and fresh, soft Amoroso rolls.

Rocco's Sausages

1601 S. Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19148 (map)
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