Wawa’s Hoagiefest is upon us and though a Wawa hoagie will do in a pinch, it certainly isn’t our favorite hoagie. We’ve been big promoters of Sarcone’s for the longest time, we’ve become fans of Northeast Philly favorite, Fink’s Hoagies since they’ve opened on Jewelers Row and we’re loving what Martha is doing with their hyper local hoagies in Kensington.
But we know there are more great hoagies out there. Just this weekend we were told that Antonio’s Deli, which replaced the award winning Chickie’s Italian Deli at 1014 Federal Street hasn’t missed a beat. We haven’t tried Antonio’s yet, but it’s now at the top of our list.
What are your favorite hoagies? Is it from a tried and true spot in South Philadelphia or have you discovered a winner off the beaten track.
Is nothing sacred? First there was the drunken vandalism at Jim’s Steaks on South Street. Then there was the robbery at Ishkabibble’s II, also on South Street. And now, a would-be robber has struck South Philadelphia’s iconic Sarcone’s Bakery in the Italian Market. Read more »
The attractive Farmer’s Daughter opened last Friday in Blue Bell. Chef Corey Fair is bringing a fresh and local concept to the restaurant at the Normandy Farm Hotel.
Avalon Restaurant’s owner and chef John Brandt-Lee is opening a second restaurant this spring in Downingtown. Avalon’s Pasta Bistro will takeover the former Jasper on Lancaster Avenue. The menu will feature homemade pasta, flatbreads, salads, cheeses and antipasta. Pastas will all be under $20 and a four-course tasting menu including the chef’s signature 15-item antipasti platter will be $40.
South Philadelphia institution Sarcone’s is opening a hoagie shop at 230 West Market Street in West Chester this Friday morning. [West Chester Dish]
Every year 610 WIP’s Glen Macnow goes on a great journey to find the best of a popular food in the Delaware Valley. This year he tried 60 hoagies enroute to picking his favorite, Paesano’s.
New “six-stool, mostly takeout eatery” that just opened after Thanksgiving. “Delectable mix of mortadella, prosciutto and ham … perfect amount of sharp provolone … a dark green lettuce … on a crispy seeded roll,” Macnow writes. “Folks, we have ourselves a winner.”
The complete top ten:
Shank’s & Evelyn’s
Abbruzzi and Giuntas
Macnow will let the public have their say on Saturday, June 13th at the King of Prussia Fox & Hound. Eight or so of the hoagies will be available for free from 11am to 1pm.
Could J.C. Dobbs being making a comeback this April? That’s the scuttlebutt from A. D. Amorosi. [Icepack, City Paper]
Just how cool is Yakitori Boy going to be with its first floor dining room and bar and upstairs karaoke lounge and rooms? Besides being labeled “arguably the coolest thing in Chinatown” by Michael Klein it was recently mentioned by the oh so cool Gridskipper. [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]
Drew Lazor has more on Irish Times, the 2nd and Bainbridge Irish bar that opened a couple of weeks ago. One of the most popular items on the menu has been the “‘Drunken Swine,’ Guinness-marinated pork tenderloin served with veggies and potatoes.” [Feeding Frenzy, City Paper]
Progress was spotted at Pearl, the new spot at 19th and Chestnut from the Red Sky peeps. A couple truckloads of kitchen equipment were being unloaded on Tuesday morning.
The Beer Yard’s web site is cited in a Forbes.com article as being “a harbinger of relationships between sellers and independent, user-generated content, reviewing sites.” The Beer Yard in Forbes, that’s pretty cool. [Forbes.com]
Sarcone’s is looking to franchise. Immediate plans are to open stores in New Jersey, Delaware and upstate New York. [Feeding Frenzy, City Paper]
Philadelphia newcomer Jael McMcHenry gives 30 reasons she loves Philadelphia and of course there’s lots of food reasons included.
Is it love, or infatuation? Am I completely enamored of Philadelphia because itâ€™s the first new city Iâ€™ve moved to in almost a dozen years? Or because Iâ€™ve heard so many expectation-lowering information sessions, so many qualifiers and apologies, that I couldnâ€™t help but find the city to be better than advertised?