12 Soul-Satisfying Sandwiches for Winter

By Danya Henninger  |  December 3, 2013
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Hot and hearty sandwiches are the best of all worlds on chilly days: filling, warming and easy to eat. Whether you gobble bites from gloved hands as you’re rushing around or sink your teeth into the bread while sitting cozily inside, here are 12 sandwiches to brighten any wintry day.

  • Fried Chicken Sandwich at Wishbone Philly

    New University City craft fried chicken specialists are expanding the menu bit by bit. New to the lineup is this roll filled with crispy chicken tenders, pickled English cucumber, tomato marmalade and chipotle-lime mayo. It’s comfort food in a handy, grab-and-go form (215-921-3204).

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    Matambre at Plenty Cafe

    It’s nearly summertime in the southern hemisphere, so this Argentine-inspired sandwich at the new Rittenhouse outpost of the Masceri brothers’ cafe should bring cheer. A chimichurri-soaked roll surrounds grilled beef filet tips, with garlic-sautéed spinach, carrots and roasted red peppers adding vitamin-filled color ($11; 267-909-8033).

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    Pulled Beef Brisket at Blue Belly BBQ

    This rich, meaty sandwich at Gene Guiffi’s Queen Village ‘cue house adds additional warming with the spicy tang of kimchi. Crispy shallots make sure there’s plenty of crunch, and a sesame-ginger vinaigrette ties it all together ($13; 215-238-0615).

  • Grilled Meatloaf Sandwich at American Sardine Bar

    Sandwich artist Scott Schroeder just unleashed a series of cold-weather fighters at this Point Breeze bar, and his grilled pork meatloaf is one of the stars. Local cheddar is melted over the meat along with a smothering of barbecued mushrooms, all on a ciabatta roll ($11; 215-334-2337).

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    El Cerdo at Cafe Chismosa

    Jugo Stevcic does a Latin twist on the French dip at his Northern Liberties cafe. Pork carnitas, queso blanco and pickled cabbage are sandwiched between a soft roll, all waiting to be dunked into a warm apple-lemon gravy on the side ($9; 267-273-1448).

  • ZB Special at Jake’s Sandwich Board

    Think this is a cheesesteak? Think again. Offered on all Eagles gamedays, this ultimate football sandwich is a combo of steak and chicken and pork, all grilled up and topped with provolone, sriracha and fried onions (215-922-0102).

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    Fried Cauliflower Hoagie at Enjay’s Pizza

    Hearty doesn’t have to mean full of meat. At the University City kitchen run by the Pitruco Pizza guys (it’s inside Smokey Joe’s), you’ll find one of the most satisfying veggie sandwiches we’ve ever tried. Fried cauliflower melts the caper-raisin mayonnaise into the hoagie roll, and pickled red onions add a welcome flavor punch ($9; 215-222-0770)

  • Creamed Chipped Beef at Melrose Diner

    We’re taking slight liberties to include this pseudo-sandwich (it’s on bread, right?) at the venerable South Philly diner, because creamed chipped beef is the ultimate antidote to cold weather. Gravy, meat, toast and comfort on one plate ($9; 215-467-6644).

  • Meatloaf Parmesan at Paesano’s

    Italian meatloaf gets crispy from a fry on the grill before landing on a roll under sweet red sauce and two kinds of cheese - why choose between mozzarella and provolone when you can have them both? Your frozen fingers will certainly agree ($8; 215-440-0371).

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    French Toast Monte Cristo at Cochon

    We’re going back for more from chef Gene Guiffi - he happens to be a master of hearty food. This brunch sandwich at his Queen Village BYO will more than hit the spot on a frigid Sunday morn. You’ll dig into house-smoked turkey, ham and Swiss cheese between two brioche toast slices, all topped with Mornay gravy ($12; 215-923-7675).

  • Patty Melt at Village Whiskey

    If a patty melt isn’t a burger, then it’s definitely a sandwich. The December special of the month at Jose Garces’ Rittenhouse bar wraps a beef patty with caramelized onions and Swiss cheese in two slices of butter-toasted rye for an ultradecadent combo ($12; 215-665-1088).

  • Torta Al Pastor at Taproom on 19th

    At this newly revamped South Philly spot, you could go for chef Jenn Choplin’s fried spaghetti sandwich, but you might get more belly warming out of this torta. Guajillo-marinated pork sits with pineapple, salsa verde and chihuahua queso on a ciabattini roll (267-687-7817).