Best Sandwich Shops in Philadelphia

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Can't-miss stops for the best sandwiches in Philadelphia.

Sandwich · Chinatown
Food 4.8 · Decor 3.2 · Service 4.3

The "messy" , "juicy" roast pork sandwiches at this "homestyle" Italian stand at Reading Terminal Market are the "perfect Philly phix" ; some caution “be prepared to wait” , though "fast" , "friendly" folks keep things moving – in sum, "you can't go wrong" here.
John's Roast Pork
Sandwich · South Philadelphia · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 2.9 · Service 4.0

Fans “forget upscale” and head to this cash-only South Philly "lunch counter" for its “amazing” "triumvirate of hot sandwiches: cheesesteak, roast pork and roast beef" made the “way it should be" ; the "extra-napkin experience" is enjoyed at "picnic tables" throughout the seasons.
Sandwich · Northern Liberties · $
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.2 · Service 4.3

For "down-and-dirty sandwich-making at its finger-licking best" , you'd be hard-pressed to top these "throwback" Italian hoagie shops from chef Peter McAndrews (Modo Mio, Monsu); no, "you don't come here" for the "hole-in-the-wall" decor – just for the "creative takes on the classics" (yes, that is "lasagna in your sub" ) that "shouldn't be missed."
Nick's Old Original Roast Beef
Sandwich · West Passyunk · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.4 · Service 4.1

Some of the "best, dripping-wet roast beef this side of the Mississippi" is carved up at these "no-frills" , family-run institutions, where the "to-die-for sammies" go down best with gravy fries and "pitchers of beer" ; the "corner bar" setups are beyond "plain" and service is "with a sense of humor" "it's nice to see traditions being kept."
Famous 4th Street Delicatessen
Deli · Queen Village · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

“Go hungry” to this “quintessential” Jewish deli in Queen Village and “be prepared to take home leftovers” of “massive sandwiches” and “delish comfort food” , toted by “no-nonsense” waiters in a “throwback” setting; a few find it on the “pricey” side, but most find it “worth it” – and besides, “you can eat for three days.”
High Street on Market
New American · Old City · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.3

"Incredibly flavorful" breads are the highlight of this "casual" , "rustic" New American spin-off of Old City's Fork where the menu zigzags "between comfort food and the avant-garde" in "fresh, light dishes" ; "knowledgeable" servers make you feel like you could "relax in there all day" while "watching people walk by on Market Street."