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.
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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.
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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.
Discounted for a good cause through Saturday »
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.
Here’s the top-ten list and some of our favorite zingers »
John Bucci Jr. is back at John’s Roast Pork. Five years ago Bucci faced leukemia and required a bone marrow transfer. Once given a 50/50 chance at survival he’s back at the grill and looking to give back.
This Saturday, June 8th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. John’s Roast Pork will be holding bone-marrow registry drive and fund-raiser auction from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registrants get $5 off a sandwich, which is donated to the cause.
Read Craig LaBan’s story in today’s Inquirer on Bucci’s recovery and for details on the Bruschetta Steak as well as Saturday’s fundraiser.
Bucci’s Back [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Best Match Foundation [Official Site]
John’s Roast Pork on Snyder Avenue can be a pain in the ass to get to since they are only open weekdays between 6:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. but now comes word that as of Saturday, April 7th, the roast pork sandwich stand that is known as much for their cheesesteak will be open on Saturdays. The hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dan Gross [Philly.com via Grub Street]
John’s Roast Pork [Official Site]
We’ll glaze over the fans behaving badly and the cheesesteak references in this Chicago Tribune article and focus on the parts where food critic Phil Vettel finds us quite willing to talk about all the great food we have in this city.
Special nods of respect for finding Koo Zee Doo and skipping Pat’s/Geno’s for John’s Roast Pork.
Food Friendly Philly [Chicago Tribune via Midtown Lunch]
Stephen Starr has entered the pizza stage with Stella, and though the warring pizza-style factions all have opinions as to its success, everyone who loves pizza (which is to say everyone) agrees that it was high time that someone took on our pizza problem in a serious way. Let’s face it, Philly: We are pizza poor.
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Meal Ticket is starting a new weekly feature, The Good Word, where they ask Philadelphia food writers and bloggers questions. And who do they start with? Yours truly.
THE GOOD WORD Vol. 1: Arthur Etchells of Foobooz [Meal Ticket]