Best of Philly

Best Sandwiches

2016 BEST Menu Item With "Jawn" in It

“The Jawn” at SpOt Gourmet Burger

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.

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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 »

2014 BEST Roast Beef Sandwich

John’s Roast Pork

14 East Snyder Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

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 classic. This one is served warm on a seeded roll soaked with jus. Read more »

2013 BEST Sandwich

Chicken Italiano at Chickie’s Italian Deli

1014 Federal Street, Philadelphia, PA

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. Read more »

2011 BEST 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 BEST Sandwiches in Reading Terminal

Beck’s Cajun Cafe

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 BEST 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 BEST 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 »