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Hoagies, Cheesesteaks, Pork Italiano

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#1 KatieLoeb

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Posted 18 October 2005 - 12:16 PM

Since we talk so much about the embarrassment of riches that Philadelphia brings to the sandwich board, I thought it high time we start documenting (in one place) all of our glorious sandwiches.

Here's what I had for lunch yesterday...

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The Chickie's Veggie Special. Baked eggplant, roasted red peppers, sauteed broccoli rabe and sharp provolone. Doesn't get any better than this.

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#2 Furious Flav-or

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Posted 18 October 2005 - 12:59 PM

Since we talk so much about the embarrassment of riches that Philadelphia brings to the sandwich board, I thought it high time we start documenting (in one place) all of our glorious sandwiches.


I guess left-over banh mi wrappers don't count, huh?

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Posted 18 October 2005 - 01:34 PM

I once had the perfect timing of walking into DiBruno's Pronto just as they were taking a pig out of the oven. I had every intention of getting a basil/mozz panini until I saw the pig. Roast pork, rabe, provolone with the bonus of crispy pork skin mixed in with the pork. Damn, my stomach is growling just thinking about it.
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#4 rlibkind

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Posted 18 October 2005 - 02:36 PM

Just for the record, a photo from another thread:

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Bahn Mi at Ô Sandwich.
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#5 KatieLoeb

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Posted 18 October 2005 - 03:50 PM

Bahn Mi definitely counts, although I don't think of it as a uniquely Philly sandwich.

Keep the pictures coming...

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#6 Mummer

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Posted 18 October 2005 - 08:09 PM

The first of Mummer's suburban sandwich spread.

A cheesesteak hoagie from Mama's Pizzeria on Belmont Avenue in Bala-Cynwyd.


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There's a lot of meat, cheese and some hidden fried onions on that baby! Best eaten there or only a few minutes away. (Not minutes away in the Zaberer's sense.) :cool:

Business must be good at Mama's. They're open for lunch only on Tuesdays, lunch and dinner Wednesday thru Saturday. They close at 9, as I recall.
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Posted 19 October 2005 - 07:16 AM

Mummer's suburban sandwich spread, part two.

Dakota Pizza Company is in Wynnewood next to Whole Foods.

This is a half a Cheese Steak Italian. Prolly dropped the ending vowel when it moved to the suburbs.
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I was too hungry to get my camera, so I used my phone. It was sharper on my tongue.

It has aged prov, greens and roasted peppers. I liked the seeded roll, too! The menu says rabe, but I said spinach. I'll have to do more resarch. Sadly, Dakota doesn't offer roasted pork.
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Posted 19 October 2005 - 10:53 AM

Wow. 2 cheesesteaks 2 days in a row.

How's your cholesterol, Charlie?

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#9 Mummer

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Posted 19 October 2005 - 11:59 AM

Wow. 2 cheesesteaks 2 days in a row.

How's your cholesterol, Charlie?

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These cheesesteak photos are from my archives, Rich.

Thanks to statins, my numbers are such that I can eat cheesesteaks on consecutive days if I'd like.

I say, "Doc, with these numbers, may I stop taking meds?"

She says, "No, the numbers show that the meds are working."
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Posted 19 October 2005 - 12:23 PM

Since I put on my Pig Pickin' shirt this morning, I've been jonesin' for some pork.

In my neighborhood, I find a Wawa Hot Roast Pork Hoagie acceptable.

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I add reds because Wawa doesn't have greens. You can see a roasted pepper and ordinary provolone under the stage left tomato. I often add lettuce, but I knew I'd be taking a picture today.

But Wawa's pork chunks are a facsimile of a real Pork Italiano.

And maybe somebody knows where to get one out here.
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Posted 24 October 2005 - 12:24 PM

The Pepper and Egg hoagie gets no respect!

I guess it's because they require a grill, while most hoagies are made with cold ingredients.

Here's the version I get on occasion from George's food cart at 23rd and Chestnut.

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George doesn't have this on his menu, but it's what I get when I ask him for eggs.

This one has fresh mushrooms, onions and tomatos as well as sweet peppers mixed into the eggs that he cooks on the grill. Since he has a heavy hand with the vegetables, he'll make it with 4 eggs. I asked him to put provolone on this one, too, just to be sure that my statins are working.

Great sandwich!
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Posted 26 October 2005 - 12:33 PM

This is the steak I eat most often. It's also from George's food cart at 23rd and Chestnut.

He puts fresh mushrooms, onions and tomatoes on the grill with some sweet peppers, then puts the steak on top. This creates a sweet liquor that becomes great drip when you eat it. The cheese keeps the roll from falling apart.

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(Mmmm! I didn't get a picture until it was half gone.)
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Posted 26 October 2005 - 12:42 PM

This is the steak I eat most often.  It's also from George's food cart at 23rd and Chestnut.

He puts fresh mushrooms, onions and tomatoes on the grill with some sweet peppers, then puts the steak on top.  This creates a sweet liquor that becomes great drip when you eat it.  The cheese keeps the roll from falling apart.

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(Mmmm!  I didn't get a picture until it was half gone.)

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Could this be the same George who had a hotdog cart at 15th & Walnut in the late 70's/early 80's? I used to work in the building that now houses Striped Bass and George had great hotdogs.

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Posted 26 October 2005 - 01:51 PM

No pictures, but on Monday at the Reading Terminal I tried a DiNic's beef brisket sandwich. Tender brisket served on a roll in a spicy tomato sauce. very good sandwich, but the pork sandwich still better.

#15 Mummer

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Posted 26 October 2005 - 02:55 PM

No pictures, but on Monday at the Reading Terminal I tried a DiNic's beef brisket sandwich.  Tender brisket served on a roll in a spicy tomato sauce.  very good sandwich, but the pork sandwich still better.

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The Inky has a pic with Rick Nichols' quick review here. He and Gary agree about pork.
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Posted 03 November 2005 - 09:59 AM

Fairly routine and uncritical travel article, but nice that someone acknowledges the sandwich culture here:

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Posted 18 November 2005 - 07:17 AM

Since I don't have a standing reservation at StudioKitchen, I eat sandwiches.

This is a Pescara from Primo's - Center City West. Great sandwich!

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It's two small cans of what they call "Italy brand tuna" with roasted peppers and sharp provolone. As you can see, there's some oil and oregano there. I :wub: the Sarcone's roll.
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Posted 18 November 2005 - 07:55 AM

I've considered moving to Philly many times just to be in closer proximity to the Whizmush at Geno's.

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Posted 20 November 2005 - 06:15 PM

Here's an Old Italian, also from Primo's Center City West.

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Sharp provolone, proscuitto, and dry cured capacola. My choices - oil, lettuce, tomato and sweet peppers.
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Posted 20 November 2005 - 07:45 PM

Here's an Old Italian, also from Primo's Center City West.

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Sharp provolone, proscuitto, and dry cured capacola.  My choices - oil, lettuce, tomato and sweet peppers.

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When I was working a block or so away from Primo's (Commerce Square), the Old Italian was my fav! Thanks for reminding me, Charlie. Gotta go back!
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#21 Mummer

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Posted 28 November 2005 - 02:58 PM

Ain't it grand that you can get a sammie with fresh mozz here?

Primo's calls this a Sulmona, with Genoa salami and a two halved pepper poppers - marinated cherry peppers stuffed with sharp provolone and prosciutto. You can see them peeking out between the mozzarella rounds.

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Posted 28 November 2005 - 03:04 PM

charlie, you're making me hungry.

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Posted 28 November 2005 - 03:36 PM

jeeze, me too... that Sulmona is an awesome thing to behold!

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Posted 03 December 2005 - 01:20 PM

so maybe it's not philly and maybe it's not pork italiano, but i needed to share my sandwich de pernil (seasoned pork sandwich with fried onions) from La Cena Grille in downingtown. i don't get there often enough, but it, by far, one of the finest pork sammiches around (and that means a lot coming from a jewish girl). :)

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with plantain chips and hot sauce

mmmm!!
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Posted 03 December 2005 - 04:13 PM

so maybe it's not philly and maybe it's not pork italiano, but i needed to share my sandwich de pernil (seasoned pork sandwich with fried onions) from La Cena Grille in downingtown.  i don't get there often enough, but it, by far, one of the finest pork sammiches around (and that means a lot coming from a jewish girl). :)

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That sandwich sure looks good. How is the non-sandwich fare there?

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Posted 03 December 2005 - 04:43 PM

That sandwich sure looks good. How is the non-sandwich fare there?

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they make really good empanadas (although i like mine spicy), their plantains are excellent. i've only had their pork as an entree, which came with rice and beans and plantains. i've had their cuban sandwich and it's awesome. you'll have to go and send back a report. :)
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Posted 06 December 2005 - 10:19 PM

Roast Pork Italian from Tony Lukes in West Philly (Spruce Street just east of 38th)

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It's not quite the match of the south Philly version, but it's close... the pork was a little chewier than it should have been, but the provelone was sharp, the rabe was bitter, the juice was garlicy, the roll was pretty darn good, and the sandwich was jammed with meat. A pretty respectable offering. They're open until 2am most nights, and often easier to get to than Oregon Ave. The vibe is kind of wrong, but you can't have everything.

The place was oddly empty, and the few folks that stumbled in were students ordering chicken steaks. Book-smart, but sandwich stooopid, I guess...

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I keep forgetting how weird this sandwich smells, between the garlic the sharp cheese and the rabe, it's a bit funky... But tasted good.

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Posted 06 December 2005 - 11:32 PM

Roast Pork Italian from Tony Lukes in West Philly (Spruce Street just east of 38th)

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It's not quite the match of the south Philly version, but it's close... the pork was a little chewier than it should have been, but the provelone was sharp, the rabe was bitter, the juice was garlicy, the roll was pretty darn good, and the sandwich was jammed with meat. A pretty respectable offering. They're open until 2am most nights, and often easier to get to than Oregon Ave. The vibe is kind of wrong, but you can't have everything.

The place was oddly empty, and the few folks that stumbled in were students ordering chicken steaks. Book-smart, but sandwich stooopid, I guess... 

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I keep forgetting how weird this sandwich smells, between the garlic the sharp cheese and the rabe, it's a bit funky...  But tasted good.

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How funny! I'm listening to Prince and "Jughead" was playing just as I read the line "sandwich stooopid". Cosmic confluence... :laugh:

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Posted 07 December 2005 - 08:50 AM

The place was oddly empty, and the few folks that stumbled in were students ordering chicken steaks. Book-smart, but sandwich stooopid, I guess... 

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I keep forgetting how weird this sandwich smells, between the garlic the sharp cheese and the rabe, it's a bit funky...  But tasted good.

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1 - Sandwich stooopid for sure. Dammit, I was hoping the arrival of a Tony Luke's on Penn's campus would expose the kids to the joy of a roast pork sandwich, but no takers, apparently.

2 - But it's such a GOOD funky smell! I love it when I go to Tony Luke's, drive home with my loot, and the next day I open the car door and you can still smell the garlic and provolone scent clinging to the seats. MMMMM. I'll take that over a little pine tree hanging from my rearview mirror any day.

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Posted 07 December 2005 - 09:15 AM

...and the next day I open the car door and you can still smell the garlic and provolone scent clinging to the seats. MMMMM. I'll take that over a little pine tree hanging from my rearview mirror any day.

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I think you have something here...Roast Pork Italian air freshener. Instead of a little pine tree, you have it shaped like what else! Beats the pine tree. Beats the fresh-car leather scent. MARKETING GENIUS!!
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