Washington Post Ranks Philadelphia As 6th Best Food City

Photo by Ashley Catharine Smith

Dining at Vedge was Sietsema’s defining moment in Philadelphia | Photo by Ashley Catharine Smith

Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema ranks America’s top-ten food cities and places Philadelphia at number six, ahead of the likes of New York, Chicago and unranked cities including Seattle and Nashville. Portland, Oregon gets Sietsema’s number one spot with San Francisco in the second spot.

Sietsema cites “falling head over heels for the vegan menu at the elegant Vedge restaurant, featuring a whole roasted carrot transformed into a marvelous meatless ‘Reuben.'” as Philadelphia’s defining moment.

Check out the video for delicious takes on roast pork and more on Philadelphia’s highly touted food scene.

The 10 Best Food Cities in America, Ranked [Washington Post]

Best Sandwiches in Philadelphia

Best Cheesesteak: Philly's Finest Sambonis | Photo by Courtney Apple / Styling by Lisa Russell

Best Cheesesteak: Philly’s Finest Sambonis | Photo by Courtney Apple / Styling by Lisa Russell

The Washington Post acknowledged it yesterday and we’ve known it practically from the crib. Philadelphians know good sandwiches. And here are the Best of Philly winning sandwiches for 2015, including the best cheesesteak, hoagie and roast pork sandwich.

Best Sandwiches in Philly [Best of Philly]

Serious Eats Declares the Roast Pork Sandwich Our Greatest Culinary Attraction

Reading-Term-Roast-Pork-BeefSerious 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 Best Roast Pork Sandwiches in Philadelphia »

John’s Roast Pork Is Extending Hours

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]

Tony Luke’s Is In Expansion Mode


We are fascinated by the locations page on Tony Luke’s web site. Of course there is the original Tony Luke’s at 39 E Oregon Avenue. But there are now locations in three different casinos and one in the Kingdom of Bahrain, with another one coming. And then there is an outpost in the Scores gentlemen’s club in Baltimore. So maybe it isn’t surprising that Tony Luke’s is opening today at the Laurel Lanes bowling alley in Maple Shade.

The doors officially opened at 11 a.m., at 4 p.m. the ceremonial cheesesteak cutting will take place with Analyze This actor Leo Rossi. Rossi is in town working with Tony Luke Jr. in his newest project, Mummer movie, Queens for a Day.

Next up for Tony Luke, a Temple University location at 1801 N Broad is scheduled to open on August 18th.

Tony Luke’s [Official Site]

Swine Dining with Yards Brewing Co. at Paramour

As the end of summer looms nearer Paramour is preparing a BBQ around the close of the season. Sunday September 16th from 5 to 7 p.m. Paramour will be holding a Pig Roast Dinner with Yards Brewing Company. The chefs at Paramour will be preparing a roast pig for a family style buffet with BBQ classics for sides. Yards will be on hand to supply craft brews to complement the dinner. The price of attendance for the Pig Roast Dinner is $39, beer, tax and tip included.

Read on for the full menu »

DiNic’s Named the Best Sandwich in America

After weeks and weeks of grueling research to find the best sandwich in America, Adam Richman has finally chosen Philly’s own DiNic’s roast pork sandwich as the winner. The reality show which began in June first sent Richman looking for the best contender in each region of the country. He then pitted the regional winners against each other until he was left with a top ten.

Watch what happened next »

John’s Roast Pork Is Bringing Back Saturday Hours

John's Roast PorkJohn’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]

Roast Pork Reigns at Trestle Inn

The Trestle Inn can be both bawdy and fun but Leah Blewett says that the whiskey and food cannot be missed.

[T]he menu, both at dinner and brunch, is playful and surprisingly diverse, with a variety of vegetarian and vegan options alongside what might be the best roast pork sandwich in town.

That sandwich, featuring RC Cola-braised pork shoulder with melted sharp provolone and pickled long hots on a crusty hoagie roll, is a dreamy balance of meat, bread and accoutrements, neither too dry nor too wet, toothsome without being toilsome to chew.

A Lot to Love About the New J&J Trestle Inn [Philadelphia Weekly]
Trestle Inn [Official Site]

Hot Sandwich Safari Finals Shaping Up

Each year Glen Macnow exhaustively tracks down the best in a Philly food category. Last year he crowned Paesano’s Daddy Wad as the best hoagie in the area.

This year he’s back looking for the best hot specialty sandwich. That means no hoagies or cheesesteaks need apply. It also means lots of great hot roast beef and pork.

On Thursday the Hot Sandwich Safari Finals will be held at The Fieldhouse at 11th and Filbert. The top six finishers will be present to make their sandwiches.

Celebrity judges will join Glen Macnow to crown the champion. Listeners who show up will also have a chance to taste the sandwiches and crown the Listeners’ Choice Award.

Macnow’s top six currently looks like this:

  1. Roast Beef on the Outs, Old Original Nick’s Roast Beef
  2. The Schmitter, McNally’s Tavern
  3. Chicken Italiano, Shank’s Pier 40
  4. Hot Pastrami on Rye, Hershel’s East Side Deli
  5. Hot Roast Pork, Carlino’s Specialty Foods
  6. Meatball Sandwich, Pastaficio Homemade Pasta Co.

Glen Macnow’s Hot Specialty Specialty Sandwich Safari [WIP]

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