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.