Best Sandwiches

Chicken Italiano at Chickie’s Italian Deli

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 sharp provolone that deserves a permanent spot in the pantheon of Great Philadelphia Sandwiches.

1014 Federal Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-462-8040 | Website

2011 WINNER, Sandwich (Ever)

Paesano’s Philly Style

1017 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA

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 wedged into a seeded Liscio’s roll. And yet there’s an undeniable artistry in making something so unruly taste so fine. If loving you is wrong, Bolognese from Paesano’s, we ain’t… Read more »

2011 WINNER, Sandwiches in Reading Terminal

Beck’s Cajun Caf

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

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 »

2010 WINNER, Sandwicherie

Paesano’s Philly Style

1017 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA

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 the first one, thanks to extra seating and his new lasagna-and-fried-egg sandwich, the Bolognese. But both outposts know no limit when it comes to total sandwich debauchery, with overly drippy,… Read more »

2009 WINNER, Sandwich Shop

Paesano’s Philly Style

1017 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA

We’ve been waiting for someone to come along and give all the best parts of a sandwich good bread, melty cheese, that bitter/spicy/meaty contrast a face-lift. Which is why Paesano’s stole our hearts (and stomachs). There’s the Arista, for which a whole suckling pig is house-roasted, pulled, and served on Liscio’s bread with broccoli rabe;… Read more »