We’ve noticed a trend around town. Restaurants are offering their own version of the happy meal, a sandwich (or in one case, a taco), a shot and a beer. This super-sized Citywide is a welcome combo for bar eaters. Here are some of our favorites in Philadelphia.
As one of the weekly specials at Grey Lodge, a sandwich fit for a king (or the King, Elvis Presley to be exact) is available for only six bucks.
It’s Elvis’s favorite: the fried peanut butter and banana sandwich, and it could be your favorite too. Grey Lodge is upping the ante on their sandwich which includes fig honey and bacon. But remember, it’s only here for a week.
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]
Hot Diggity is kicking off a series of regional sandwich specials. First up is the Chow Mein Sandwich from Fall River, Massachusetts. According to owner Keith Garabedian, the sandwich has been a local classic since the 1930s when it “helped feed thousands of hungry laborers and immigrants.
The sandwich is made with Hot Diggity’s own chow mein, celery, peppers, carrots, scallions, ginger, garlic and soy. The sandwich is available with chicken or vegetables.
Hot Diggity [Foobooz]
Kris Serviss has opened his Blue Duck Sandwich Company at 2859 Holme Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia. The BYOB serves much more than just sandwiches. Highlights from the menu include: three types of wings as well as mac and cheeses including chorizo mac and cheese, a pork roll burger, fried chicken, pan-seared cobia, weekly taco specials and the namesake Blue Duck Sandwich, which consists of shredded duck confit, sautéed Swiss chard, roasted portabellas, blueberry barbecue sauce on a toasted onion roll.
Blue Duck Sandwich Company is open seven days of the week for lunch and dinner, with brunch on the weekends.
Jake’s Sandwich Board, which has been open at 12th and Sansom for four years is getting a facelift with the help of Eimer Design. The sandwich shop will be closed now till through Monday, August 11th to make the changes. When Jake’s reopens on Tuesday, August 12th, Jake’s will have a new look, roasting ovens, carving station and expanded hours that will include evening-only pig, brisket and turkey roasts.
To celebrate the renovation as well as Jake’s anniversary, on Tuesday, August 12th, $3 sandwiches will be available all day. And with every $3 sandwich purchased, diners will also be able to enjoy a complimentary Sly Fox Route 113 IPA.
After 5 p.m., customers are also invited to BYOB for the first time, as Jake’s will expand from a sandwich shop into a laid-back BYOB restaurant and cafe.
This fall, Jake’s Sandwich Board will be opening a second location in University City.
Jake’s Sandwich Board [Foobooz]
Forcella and Leila’s Bistro in Jenkintown are hosting a pop-up sandwich shop today at Leila’s Bistro at 700 West Avenue. Owner Jose Vargas and Paesano’s alum Anthony Pasceri are hosting the pop-up. There will be free samples and $8 sandwiches from 12:30 p.m. till supplies run out.
A reader provided us with a tip (and a pic) showing signs of progress at Petit Roti at 248 S 11th Street.
Set to open the doors in September, chef Olivier Desaintmartin, chef and Owner of ZINC and Caribou Cafe, hopes to bring a taste of France to Philly (again), but this time with a new spin. Desaintmartin will highlight France’s rôtisseries – a feat that seems more realistic when you hear that he has imported two authentic rotisserie machines from France. And along with the impressive machinery, Petit Roti will also have a pantry full of vinegars, oils, jams, olives, and more to emulate the French épiceries.
Looking for a new lunch spot? Well look no further. Matt & Marie’s, a sandwich shop, is bringing its modern twist on Italian classics to Philly. The restaurant at 18th and Arch Streets will offer fresh baked Italian bread, artisanal meats and cheeses, and fresh modern toppings as well.
The soft opening is Thursday, June 26th, but if you can’t make it then, don’t fret because the shop will be open to the public Monday, June 30th.
Matt & Marie’s [Official]