Tale of the Tape: Cheesesteak at John’s Roast Pork


John’s Roast Pork winds up on the top of more cheesesteak lists than any other cheesesteak joint and that’s despite the fact that the cheesesteak might just be their third best sandwich. There’s no argument that the roast pork is top notch and a recent visit proved what we expected, the new roast beef sandwich belongs in Philadelphia’s pantheon of best sandwiches.

Since we were there trying out the new roast beef, we couldn’t resist ordering a cheesesteak for the first time in way too long. Here’s how the cheesesteak stacks up.

John’s Roast Pork
14 East Snyder Avenue

Roll: Seeded Carangi

Meat: Rib-eye, sliced thin in-house and cooked to order.

Onion: Chopped and grilled.

Cheese: American, sharp or mild provolone

Price: $8.50

Pro Tip: The hours are limited; Monday to Friday – 6:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. But it’s always worth a special trip.

The Verdict

John’s Roast Pork isn’t resting on its cheesesteak laurels. Owner John Bucci intently watches over the process and makes sure the bun is full of well cooked steak and that the cheese truly melts into the sandwich. John’s Roast Pork still makes one of the best cheesesteaks around.

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  • Brian Martenis

    Have friends from all over the world. Everyone is aware of our famous Philly Cheeseteaks. I load them up … Show them Pats and Gino’s for the lights and ambiance. On to John’s to eat. Superb!


    love the cheesesteaks at John’s RP. Hard choices every time I go there. Now with a new sandwich even more difficult to make up my mind

  • Tom w

    The best. Period.

  • nick gherz

    I love John’s – but people are falling over themselves to praise the roast beef sandwich. I guess they’re all trying to go with the cool kids on this one – but it’s okay at best. I would never get it again…

    Compared to Nick’s Cafe on 19th St in South Philly – it’s not even close. I’m also not a huge fan of their cheese steak – I much prefer Jim’s – but I think that’s because I like how it’s chopped. For me, that style lends to a much more juicier steak.

    However, their Roast Pork sandwich deserves it’s own parade in the city. It’s a 10 out of 10. They also make great fries. The closest roast pork is George’s on 9th.