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2017 BEST Tuna Sandwich

Philly Style Bagels

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, but also hearty enough to hold up to their chewy rounds) that comes with just tomato and lettuce. Get it on an everything, please.

1451 East Columbia Avenue, Philadelphia, PAWebsite

2017 BEST Sandwich

Pretzel Melt at American Sardine Bar

1800 Federal Street, Philadelphia, PA

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 better: It’s just $5. Read more »

2017 BEST Roast Beef Sandwich

Caffe Chicco

2532 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

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… Read more »

2016 BEST Menu Item With "Jawn" in It

“The Jawn” at SpOt Gourmet Burger

2821 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

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, Whiz and fried onions. It’s like an entire beer-drunk Saturday night all smashed into a roll. Read more »

2016 BEST Roast Beef Sandwich

Cherry Street Tavern

129 North 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA

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 when it’s chasing one of the legendary roast beef sandwiches. Fresh-carved beef and provolone and a chewy roll stiff enough to handle a dip in the jus make this is… Read more »

2015 BEST Vegetarian Sandwich

Pane Panella at Garces Trading Co.

1111 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA

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 red pepper confit and basil aioli, served on a brioche bun. Read more »

2015 BEST Highbrow Sandwich

The Barcelona at Plenty Cafe

Locations at 1602 Spruce Street and 1710 East Passyunk Avenue

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 on a crusty baguette, for a result as harmonically satisfying as Sketches of Spain on thick vinyl. Read more »

2014 BEST Turkey Sandwich

Tradestone Cafe

117 Fayette Street, Conshohocken, PA

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 sea salt, house-roasted turkey breast that’s sliced as thin as prosciutto, and mayo spiced with French pepper. Read more »

2014 BEST Veggie Sandwich


2816 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

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 and shockingly satisfying, especially if you make the recommended upgrades (tomato, cheese and avocado). And unlike, say, Natalie Portman, you’re going to pair yours with one of Rybrew’s 250 beers. Read more »

2014 BEST Ham Sandwich

Plenty Cafe

1710 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

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 apples (and because Plenty takes such care in selecting ingredients), but it sure doesn’t taste like health food. Read more »

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