Wawa Week

What Our Favorite Philadelphians Order at Wawa

Yes, somebody actually fessed up to ordering the jalapeño-stuffed cheese pretzels, while one city official doesn’t get anything there these days. She’s boycotting!


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Alex Holley, Good Day Philadelphia co-host, says the peach smoothie is one of her favorite orders on the Wawa menu.

With the universe’s largest Wawa opening on Friday in Philly, we have officially declared this Wawa Week in Philadelphia. Go here to follow all of our coverage.

In honor of Wawa Week, we present the go-to Wawa orders of some of our favorite Philadelphians. Some of their answers weren’t particularly surprising (of course Cecily Tynan opts for wheat), while others, we weren’t really expecting.

Michael Solomonov, chef

“A junior meatball sandwich on wheat with tomatoes, pepperoncinis and pickles, and parmesan cheese and provolone.”

Josh Shapiro, PA Attorney General

“Egg and cheese on a wheat Shorti with ketchup, apple slices, Wawa coffee, and a soft pretzel.”

, Hop Sing Laundromat owner

“A ham-and-cheese but I tell them not to put too much ham on it. They don’t have a price for a half portion, but I will happily pay full price for a half portion.”

Chuck Peruto, criminal defense attorney

“The large meatball. Always. No cheese. No oregano.”

The Preston & Steve cast and Wawa Welcome America friends.

The Preston & Steve Cast, 93.3 WMMR

Preston Elliot: “Italian Shorti with provolone, tomatoes, hot peppers and mustard. And I usually grab a grapes, cheese & crackers pack.”

Steve Morrison: “Classic hoagie on wheat bread. Turkey. Swiss. Mayo. Onions. Oregano. Bottled water.”

Casey Boy: “Tabasco-flavored Monster Slim Jim, Blueberry Cobbler from Big Gay Ice Cream, Italian Shorti, toasted with oil, vinegar, pickles and hot peppers. And Spicier Nacho Doritos — a small bag.”

Kathy Romano: “Turkey whole wheat Shorti with American cheese, a little bit of oil and vinegar, oregano. And then the seven things my son throws on the counter, because he thinks it’s a free-for-all!”

Marisa Magnatta: “Late-night grilled cheese: wheat bread, American cheese, Munster cheese, tomatoes, and a little bit of spicy mustard, toasted. Plus some crazy new chip flavor to snack on while I’m waiting. For a daytime or sober run, it’s just a water and two bags of apple slices.”

Nick McIlwain: “Turkey Classic, toasted, with spinach, tomato, Swiss cheese, honey mustard, salt, pepper, oregano and parmesan, a Wawa soft pretzel, a banana, diet orange soda, and a Wawa chocolate chip cookie.”

N.A. Poe, Poe’s Sandwich Joint owner

“An everything bagel sandwich with egg salad, bacon, and cheddar cheese.”

Jannie Blackwell, councilwoman

“Their pre-made French vanilla coffee. You just pull the handle and it’s sweetened and right there.”

David L. Cohen, Comcast senior executive VP

“A turkey Classic with lettuce, tomato, onions and mayo.”

South Philly vegan meatball queen Jennifer Zavala swears by the Wawa chicken noodle soup.

Jennifer “Fear” Zavala, chef

“One cup of chicken noodle soup, a Shorti Italian wit’ pepperjack, mayo, lil’ bit of oil and vinegar, onion, lettuce, jalapenos, black pepper, and jalapeno kettle chips. But my favorite items at Wawa are actually the Irish coffee creamer and the chicken noodle soup. Wawa fell off a lil’ — ever since they opened in Florida. Pretty much anything in the ‘baked goods’ case is fire — as in bomb, delish, banging, the heat, the good good.”

Alex Holley, Good Day Philadelphia co-host

“The Italian sub sandwich and a peach smoothie.” [Ed. Note: We didn’t feel it was our place to correct Holley on her use of the word “sub.” She’s not from here.]

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This is how Amber Hikes feels about patronizing Wawa.

Amber Hikes, head of City of Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT Affairs

“I haven’t gone in months since the news broke about their conservative campaign donations. It was definitely a tough decision, but I’m a Georgian that was able to give up Chick-Fil-A, so i can definitely be a Philadelphian that walks away from Wawa.”

Cecily Tynan, 6ABC meteorologist

“A turkey Shorti on wheat.”

Michael Coard, attorney and activist

“The fresh fruit salad, because I’m vegan.”

Bobbi Booker, journalist

“Jalapeno-stuffed cheese pretzels and a 20 ounce coffee.”

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Christine Flowers and her questionable Wawa purchase.

Christine Flowers, conservative firebrand

“The chicken fingers over mashed potatoes and the chicken corn chowder, along with a caramel chip Frappuccino thingie, which is not called a Frappuccino or a thingie but I don’t pay attention I just drink it. And sometimes the mozzarella sticks.”

Fergus “Fergie” Carey, bar owner

“A tuna Shorti with lettuce, tomato and sweet peppers, with some sort of Arnold Palmer to wash it down. But I usually only do that before hitting Brigantine in the Jeep.”

Frank Olivieri, Pat’s Steaks owner

“Tuna provolone with lettuce, tomato, onion, hot pepper, and mayo. Usually a Shorti but sometimes I get that really mini one and that just satisfies me.”

Bob Brady, United States congressman

“The French vanilla coffee.”

Leah Kauffman, marketing executive

“Shorti with tuna salad, lettuce, tomato, pickles, extra mayo (don’t judge me), sweet peppers, spicy mustard. I grab more mayo packets in case the extra isn’t extra enough. I buy a big bag of lays chips, and an orange Gatorade. I put the chips on the hoagie along with more mayo. For me, a hoagie is essentially a vehicle for mayonnaise. I love Wawa.”

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Ian Morrison sent us this photo-illustration of his drag character Brittany Lynn with her Wawa boyfriend.

Ian Morrison, aka drag queen Brittany Lynn

“Always a chicken salad Classic, toasted with American cheese, sweet peppers and pickles.”

Kate Marlys, Philly PR Girl owner

“Chicken salad with provolone cheese, lettuce and banana peppers, salt pepper and oregano. You simply can’t go wrong with Wawa‘s chicken salad! This has been my go-to order for years.”

Marc Brownstein, Brownstein Group CEO

“A scrambled egg and Swiss cheese wrap and a 20 oz Wawa Reserve Winter Blend coffee.

Brendan Lowry, Rory Creative founder

“Italian Shorti with lettuce, tomato, cheese and a light amount of oil. A 99-cent bag of Munchos, a pack of Vienna Fingers, a Wawa lemon-flavored iced tea, and maybe a few individually wrapped Swedish Fish or Dubble Bubble.”

With reporting by Fabiola Cineas. Note: Some of these responses appeared in previous Philly Mag interviews.