Best of Philly

Best Sandwich

2017 Best Roast Beef Sandwich

Caffe Chicco

Nick’s Old Original isn’t the only game in town. This hidden-in-plain-sight Broad Street cafe serves a mean beef ’n’ cheese (extra-sharp provolone), built the right way on a kaiser roll, so not a single drop of gravy goes to waste. If you’re lucky, the elderly Italian shopkeeper will carve your sandwich to order (which, on second thought, might be why it tastes so good). Read More »

2532 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-334-3100 | Website

2017 Best Sandwich

Pretzel Melt at American Sardine Bar

Chef Doreen DeMarco takes a Philly pretzel, splits it, crisps it, and stuffs it with Country Time ham, American cheese, mustard and a pickle. Even better: It’s just $5. Read More »

1800 Federal Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-334-2337 | Website

2017 Best Tuna Sandwich

Philly Style Bagels

Just when you thought this bagel boutique couldn’t top that esteemed lox sandwich, they nonchalantly roll out this beaut, an amped-up tuna salad (it’s silky, but also hearty enough to hold up to their chewy rounds) that comes with just tomato and lettuce. Get it on an everything, please. Read More »

1451 East Columbia Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

2016 Best Roast Beef Sandwich

Cherry Street Tavern

The Schlitz and Ortlieb's may no longer pour at this corner bar, but never fear: A Yards Pale Ale goes down just as well, especially when it's chasing one of the legendary roast beef sandwiches. Fresh-carved beef and provolone and a chewy roll stiff enough to handle a dip in the jus make this is one of the simplest, most perfect sandwiches in the city. And it's made even better by the fact that they leave you an entire cup of horseradish (and a spoon), so you can add as much as you want. Read More »

129 North 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-561-5683 | Website

2016 Best Menu Item With "Jawn" in It

“The Jawn” at SpOt Gourmet Burger

There's no definition for "jawn," which makes it the perfect name for this delicious sandwich of sliced rib eye, sloppy joe meat, crisp french fries, Whiz and fried onions. It's like an entire beer-drunk Saturday night all smashed into a roll. Read More »

2821 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 267-930-7370 | Website

2015 Best Highbrow Sandwich

The Barcelona at Plenty Cafe

Serrano ham, sweet Spanish chorizo and Mah--n cheese is hardly an avant-garde combination, but Plenty marries them with immaculate arugula and a red pepper aioli on a crusty baguette, for a result as harmonically satisfying as Sketches of Spain on thick vinyl. Read More »

Locations at 1602 Spruce Street and 1710 East Passyunk Avenue | 267-909-8033 | Website

2015 Best Vegetarian Sandwich

Pane Panella at Garces Trading Co.

Don't let the optional side order of duck-fat fries distract you: Mediterranean meatlessness doesn't get better than a crispy-edged block of chickpea panisse slicked with red pepper confit and basil aioli, served on a brioche bun. Read More »

1111 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-574-1099 | Website

2014 Best Roast Beef Sandwich

John’s Roast Pork

All it takes is the right equipment (in this case, a new beef oven) and a long history of hallmark sandwich-making to create a new classic. This one is served warm on a seeded roll soaked with jus. Read More »

14 East Snyder Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 215-463-1951 | Website

2014 Best Ham Sandwich

Plenty Cafe

House-smoked Tasso ham, sliced green apples, fig jam and gruyre on a pressed demi-baguette? We tell ourselves the New Orleans is healthy because of the apples (and because Plenty takes such care in selecting ingredients), but it sure doesn't taste like health food. Read More »

1710 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 267-909-8033 | Website

2014 Best Veggie Sandwich

Rybrew

The Hollywood does actually resemble something an ascetic, waifish celeb-type might order: hummus, carrots, cucumber, multigrain bread. And yet? The sandwich is a delight, fresh-tasting and shockingly satisfying, especially if you make the recommended upgrades (tomato, cheese and avocado). And unlike, say, Natalie Portman, you're going to pair yours with one of Rybrew's 250 beers. Read More »

2816 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 215-763-1984 | Website

2014 Best Turkey Sandwich

Tradestone Cafe

What happens when you turn a chef as detail-obsessed as Chip Roman loose on a sandwich? A buoyant pretzel roll baked on-site with Yuengling and sea salt, house-roasted turkey breast that's sliced as thin as prosciutto, and mayo spiced with French pepper. Read More »

117 Fayette Street, Conshohocken, PA | 484-368-3096 | Website

2013 Best Sandwich

Chicken Italiano at Chickie’s Italian Deli

Chickies is rightfully known for its veggie and Italian hoagies. But they also serve up a dying Philadelphia tradition: a mean chicken cutlet loaded with sharp provolone that deserves a permanent spot in the pantheon of Great Philadelphia Sandwiches. Read More »

1014 Federal Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-462-8040 | Website

2011 Best Sandwiches in Reading Terminal

Beck’s Cajun Cafe

Sorry, DiNic's, but the authentic muffulettas and po'boys here (which are pretty much the only real-deal Cajun around) have stolen our love. Read More »

Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA | 215-592-0505 | Website

2011 Best Sandwich (Ever)

Paesano’s Philly Style

It's not a pretty sight, this breakfast-lunch-and-dinner on a bun: ribbons of fried lasagna, a meaty Bolognese, mozzarella, sweet peppers and a fried egg, all wedged into a seeded Liscio's roll. And yet there's an undeniable artistry in making something so unruly taste so fine. If loving you is wrong, Bolognese from Paesano's, we ain't ever gonna be right. Read More »

1017 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-440-0371 | Website

2010 Best Sandwicherie

Paesano’s Philly Style

Peter McAndrews's second Paesano's and his third eatery, counting Modo Mio opened at 9th and Christian back in February. And it's even more lovable than the first one, thanks to extra seating and his new lasagna-and-fried-egg sandwich, the Bolognese. But both outposts know no limit when it comes to total sandwich debauchery, with overly drippy, saucy, cheesy, meaty and sometimes, if you're lucky, yolk-y delicious gluttony on a roll. Read More »

1017 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-440-0371 | Website