Sandwich Town: Guide to Great Philadelphia Sandwiches

Todd Coleman

Where to Eat

Chickie's Italian Deli, 1014 Federal Street (215/462-8040). Inventive hoagies—fried tomato, bacon, and roasted peppers; tuna and proscuitto—are turned out by this South Philly shop.

Joe's Steaks + Soda Shop, 6030 Torresdale Avenue (215/535-9405). The thin-sliced ribeye is traditionally served with diced onions and American cheese at this old-timey Northeast shop.

Tommy DiNic's at the Reading Terminal Market, 15 North 12th Street (215/923-6175). This Center City stand turns out deeply seasoned roast beef and pork sandwiches, typically topped with fried long hots or horseradish.

Greenman's Deli, 2900 Robbins Avenue (215/288-3336). The most popular of this Northeast store's two-foot hoagies is the Original: seven meats, three cheeses, and the works.

J&G Lunchmeat Villa, 373 East County Line Road, Ardmore (610/642-9477). Representative of Philly's corner delis, this suburban shop makes hoagies both traditional and innovative (like the pepperoni-heavy "pompilli").

Jim's Steaks, 431 North 62nd Street (215/747-6617). Try the steak lavished with Cheez Whiz and hot sauce at this 72-year-old West Philly shop.

John's Roast Pork, 14 East Synder Avenue (215/463-1951). Serving since 1930, this South Philly store pairs roast pork and sharp provolone with wickedly spicy spinach.

Johnny's Hots, 1234 North Delaware Avenue (215/423-2280). This takeout shop near Penn Treaty Park is known for its hot sausage and fishcake combo slathered in pepper hash.

Lenny's Italian Deli, 900 Fayette Street, Conshohocken (610/825-4569). The specialty here is the pulled pork Italiano served on a football-shaped semolina roll.

McNally's, 8634 Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill (215/247-9736). This Chestnut Hill pub is home to the Schmitter, a saucy grilled steak, salami, and cheese concoction served at Eagles' and Phillies' games.

Where to Stay

Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market Street. Rates: $260-$290, Double. This 518-room luxury hotel in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, just around the corner from Reading Terminal Market, puts you in easy striking distance of some of the city's best sandwiches.

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