South Philly cheesesteak and roast pork institution John’s Roast Pork was forced to shut down today after being burgled of thousands in cash, plus an envelope containing $1,500 set aside for a charity near-and-dear to the owner’s heart.
Many people are calling today National Cheesesteak Day. That’s not entirely true. After way too much research back in 2014, we realized that the day that was supposed to be celebrated was National Cheesesteak Thursday. March 24th, 2014 and 2015 wasn’t a Thursday so we refused to play along with the made up holiday.
But today is March 24th and a Thursday, so today, we celebrate.
If your calendar’s free and clear on Saturday, April 18th, I have a very good idea for how you can fill it: The Be the Match Walk and Run, a chip-timed 5K race and 1K walk, is headed to the Philadelphia Navy Yard, and organizers are offering participants free sandwiches from John’s Roast Pork as a pretty sweet incentive. Read more »
John’s Roast Pork will be hosting a special performance today by singer/songwriter Mia Johnson, which is nice, right?
But also, in honor of their 85 years in business, John’s will be offering 85-cent small pork, beef and meatball sandwiches from 3 pm to 7 pm. Which is WAY more than nice.
And as if 85-cent roast pork sandwiches weren’t enough already, to make this day even more exciting, today is the official start of John’s extended hours. The beloved sandwich joint is finally adding an extra four hours to their previously limited sandwich acquisition window and will be serving Monday through Saturday from 7 am to 7 pm.
Now to top the day off, it’s owner John Bucci’s mothers 82nd birthday, too, so get ready to sing her a sweet chorus of “Happy Birthday” at the event.
John’s Roast Pork [f8b8z]
Serious Eats wasn’t very impressed with the state of Philadelphia’s cheesesteak scene but is a big fan of our roast pork sandwiches. Features Editor Niki Achitoff-Gray tried 14 of them recently and came up with her best six.
It’s a pretty good list, we just wish it were easier to find ANY roast pork sandwich after nightfall.
Serious Eats founder Ed Levine and associate editor Niki Achitoff-Gray came to Philadelphia and sampled 30+ cheesesteaks over two days. And what did they find? “Finding a truly great cheesesteak in Philly is hard. Like, alarmingly hard.”
And as I’ve been eating my share of cheesesteaks over this Year of the Cheesesteak, I agree with what came out of their guiding principles. Especially that the meat is consistently underseasoned, bland and often dry.
John’s Roast Pork has been known as much for its excellent cheesesteaks and roast pork sandwiches as it has been for its short hours. The South Philadelphia sandwich shrine has long closed up shop by 3 p.m. and it was big news when the Snyder Avenue stand finally added Saturday hours in 2012.
But now even bigger news. Starting in March of 2015, John’s Roast Pork will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., six days a week.
John’s Roast Pork [Foobooz]
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 is of course known for its roast pork. But the sandwich shack is also known for its cheesesteaks which consistently rank among Philadelphia’s finest. But now, thanks to a new oven, John Bucci’s sandwich haven might be known for his roast beef sandwiches. Yesterday, Craig LaBan tweeted the above photo of his first taste of a roast beef sandwich from Bucci’s new oven.
And today, Michael Klein has some more details on the oven and the roast beef sandwiches that are coming out of it.
Alan Richman, GQ Food editor and Philadelphia native has ranked his ten favorite Philadelphia cheesesteaks. In a single day, Richman and his crew of cheesesteak eaters managed to try 23-steaks and ranked the top-ten steak sandwiches in order.
There are plenty of zingers and a top-ten list that will be sure to be criticized. Unfortunately we don’t know which places he went to that didn’t make the list.