Best of Philly

Best Sandwich

2017 Best Sandwicherie

Caffe Chicco

Nick’s Old Original isn’t the only game in town. This hidden-in-plain-sight Broad Street cafe serves a mean beef ’n’ cheese (extra-sharp provolone), built the right way on a kaiser roll, so not a single drop of gravy goes to waste. If you’re lucky, the elderly Italian shopkeeper will carve your sandwich to order (which, on second thought, might be why it tastes so good).

2532 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-334-3100 | Website

2017 Best Pretzel Melt at American Sardine Bar

Pretzel Melt at American Sardine Bar

1800 Federal Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

Chef Doreen DeMarco takes a Philly pretzel, splits it, crisps it, and stuffs it with Country Time ham, American cheese, mustard and a pickle. Even […] Read more »

2017 Best Philly Style Bagels

Philly Style Bagels

1451 East Columbia Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

Just when you thought this bagel boutique couldn’t top that esteemed lox sandwich, they nonchalantly roll out this beaut, an amped-up tuna salad (it’s silky, […] Read more »

2016 Best Cherry Street Tavern

Cherry Street Tavern

129 North 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

The Schlitz and Ortlieb’s may no longer pour at this corner bar, but never fear: A Yards Pale Ale goes down just as well, especially […] Read more »

2016 Best “The Jawn” at SpOt Gourmet Burger

“The Jawn” at SpOt Gourmet Burger

2821 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

There’s no definition for "jawn," which makes it the perfect name for this delicious sandwich of sliced rib eye, sloppy joe meat, crisp french fries, […] Read more »

2015 Best The Barcelona at Plenty Cafe

The Barcelona at Plenty Cafe

Locations at 1602 Spruce Street and 1710 East Passyunk Avenue Website

Serrano ham, sweet Spanish chorizo and Mah–n cheese is hardly an avant-garde combination, but Plenty marries them with immaculate arugula and a red pepper aioli […] Read more »

2015 Best Pane Panella at Garces Trading Co.

Pane Panella at Garces Trading Co.

1111 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

Don’t let the optional side order of duck-fat fries distract you: Mediterranean meatlessness doesn’t get better than a crispy-edged block of chickpea panisse slicked with […] Read more »

2014 Best John’s Roast Pork

John’s Roast Pork

14 East Snyder Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

All it takes is the right equipment (in this case, a new beef oven) and a long history of hallmark sandwich-making to create a new […] Read more »

2014 Best Plenty Cafe

Plenty Cafe

1710 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

House-smoked Tasso ham, sliced green apples, fig jam and gruyre on a pressed demi-baguette? We tell ourselves the New Orleans is healthy because of the […] Read more »

2014 Best Rybrew

Rybrew

2816 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

The Hollywood does actually resemble something an ascetic, waifish celeb-type might order: hummus, carrots, cucumber, multigrain bread. And yet? The sandwich is a delight, fresh-tasting […] Read more »

2014 Best Tradestone Cafe

Tradestone Cafe

117 Fayette Street, Conshohocken, PA Website

What happens when you turn a chef as detail-obsessed as Chip Roman loose on a sandwich? A buoyant pretzel roll baked on-site with Yuengling and […] Read more »

2013 Best Chicken Italiano at Chickie’s Italian Deli

Chicken Italiano at Chickie’s Italian Deli

1014 Federal Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

Chickies is rightfully known for its veggie and Italian hoagies. But they also serve up a dying Philadelphia tradition: a mean chicken cutlet loaded with […] Read more »

2011 Best Beck’s Cajun Cafe

Beck’s Cajun Cafe

Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA Website

Sorry, DiNic’s, but the authentic muffulettas and po’boys here (which are pretty much the only real-deal Cajun around) have stolen our love. Read more »

2011 Best Paesano’s Philly Style

Paesano’s Philly Style

1017 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

It’s not a pretty sight, this breakfast-lunch-and-dinner on a bun: ribbons of fried lasagna, a meaty Bolognese, mozzarella, sweet peppers and a fried egg, all […] Read more »

2010 Best Paesano’s Philly Style

Paesano’s Philly Style

1017 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

Peter McAndrews’s second Paesano’s and his third eatery, counting Modo Mio opened at 9th and Christian back in February. And it’s even more lovable than […] Read more »