Best of Philly

Best Hoagie

2021 Best Hoagies


Dolores’ opened with a tight menu of classics: Italian, tuna, turkey, ham, chicken cutlets and a couple others. Then the place went absolutely nuts. The Great White Buffalo has thinly sliced Buffalo chicken, lettuce, tomato, onion, Buffalo mayo, and Cool Ranch Dorito-crusted Cooper Sharp American cheese. Pretty surprising from a place that sounds like it’s named after a grandma. Read More »

1841 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

2020 Best Hoagies

Liberty Kitchen

Hoagies are made for this particular moment. They’re entire meals in one package. They’re satisfying, comforting and craveable all at the same time — occupying the perfect center of that particular Venn diagram. Most importantly, who eats hoagies inside a restaurant? No, they’re a born to-go food, and if you’re looking for the best one in the city right now, check out Liberty Kitchen’s big, soft, Salumeria hoagies with local, seasonal accoutrements. And don’t sleep on the Della Casa, with hand-stretched mozz, gabagool from 1732 Meats, sun-dried peppers, and Calabrian chili oil. Read More »

1244 North Front Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-309-2241 | Website

2019 Best Italian Hoagie

So Long Sal at Middle Child

This hoagie has more ingredients than most five-course tasting menus. But when you bite into it, the only thing you'll taste is pure genius. Keep reading here. Read More »

248 South 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267-930-8344 | Website

2018 Best Veggie Hoagie

Antonio’s Deli

The best hoagie in Philly? It’s the one without any meat (yeah, we said it): Antonio’s veggie hoagie tastes like a plate of your nonna’s holiday antipasti jumbled together and stuffed into a roll. Read More »

1014 Federal Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-462-4622 | Website

2017 Best Hoagie

Old-Fashioned Italian at Ricci’s

The meats are thinly shaved to order, the bread is seeded (as it ought to be), the dressing is light, and the provolone has a bite. Building a quality hoagie takes years of experience, and Ricci’s—around since the 1920s—has had plenty of practice. Read More »

1165 South 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-334-6910 | Website

2016 Best Hoagies


The longtime Northeast Philly shop expanded into Center City last year and showed a whole new audience that the city's very best Italian hoagie comes on a seeded roll with chopped (not sliced) provolone and the gotta-have-it secret ingredient, olive spread. (Center City and Northeast Philly.) Read More »

132 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267-758-6415 | Website

2015 Best Hoagie

Turkey Diablo From Primo Hoagies

Restaurant purists may bitch about the chain-ification of our city, but the Turkey Diablo (with its thin-sliced turkey and hot-pepper cheese) is all the reason we need to celebrate Primo's omnipresence. You can find this darn-near-perfect sandwich all over the city, in the 'burbs, at the Shore ... you name it. Read More »

Multiple locations Website

2014 Best Hoagie

Via Roma

Remember when hoagies were actual hoagies? This Italian one will take you back: shredded lettuce, cold cuts and cheeses stacked high, sandwich oil astringent with oregano, and a perfect soft roll that sponges up all of it. Read More »

3200 Ridge Pike, Norristown, PA | 610-631-0669

2010 Best Hoagie (Suburbs)

DiCostanzas Italian Sandwiches

It's probably not on your beaten path, this sandwich shop with a Boothwyn address (GPS tip: actually not in Boothwyn more like Upper Chichester), but you won't regret the detour. Salty prosciutto, capicola, ham and salami add up to an Italian hoagie so gratifying that the owners have made a business actually shipping them to fans around the country. Read More »

1930 Market Street, Boothwyn, PA | 610-494-3616

2013 Best Italian Hoagie


Readers' Choice: We Philadelphians should know that a good Italian hoagie should be appreciated like a fine work of art. Out tasters seriously contemplated the nuances that make a sandwich superior: capicola or presciutto? Plain or seeded bun? Oregano or vinegar? In the end, Pastificio, with tissue thin slices of four Italian meats, tangy provolone and a sprinkle of seasoning, won over the crowd. Read More »

1528 Packer Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 215-467-1111 | Website