Best of Philly

Best Roast Pork

2015 BEST Roast Pork

Tony’s Tavern

If I was in Newtown Square, I could get $10 for it, says the namesake owner of the Delco bar that produces this salty, garlicky superstar topped with sharp provolone on a Liscio’s roll. “But I’m in Collingdale, so I get $6.50.” We agree: It’s worth $10, easy. Our one complaint? You can only get the sandwich on Thursdays.

1002 Woodlawn Avenue, Collingdale, PA | 610-461-1652


2013 BEST Homage to an Iconic Philly Food

Roast Pork at Sbraga

440 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

The filling: Italian sausage between two layers of Berkshire pork belly. The bun: provolone bread pudding speckled with sesame seeds. The veggies: long hots and broccoli rabe, straight up. The upshot: a rare tribute to a classic food that actually outshines the original. Read more »

2011 BEST Roast Pork

Resurrection Ale House

2425 Grays Ferry Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Topped with chunky guacamole and snappy pickled jalapeos, this south-of-the-border take on the pork sandwich proves there’s still room for roast pork innovation. Read more »

2010 BEST Roast Pork (Suburbs)

Luigi and Giovanni’s

3601 Chapel Road, Newtown Square, PA

Hidden in a small grocery inside a Newtown Square strip mall is a takeout counter where you’ll find a roast pork sandwich that eschews the usual slivers for hunks of tender seasoned pig. From there, you make your own decisions (endorsement: sweet and hot peppers, broccoli rabe, spinach, sharp prov) and enjoy a hot, juicy… Read more »

2010 BEST Roast Pork (City)

Tony Luke’s

39 East Oregon Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

This old standby is a particularly juicy version, with more garlic than most. It works. Read more »

2009 BEST Roast Pork

John’s Roast Pork

14 East Snyder Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Only a place this good could make it so difficult to enjoy. It’s only open Monday through Friday until 3 p.m., and is located a block from Delaware Avenue, so you basically have to take the day off to experience John’s warm slices of house-roasted, deeply spiced pork stacked on a kaiser roll whose doughy… Read more »