Philly’s famous pork

johns.jpgWith Philadelphia often landing on the wrong side of magazine lists, it’s good to see that being the fattest has its upside.

Esquire magazine recently went on a quest to find the country’s tastiest sandwhiches, two of which are located right here in Philadelphia. The lucky winners?

Roast Pork with Provolone at John’s Roast Pork in South Philly and the Chicken Cutlet at Shank’s & Evelyn’s Luncheonette again in South Philly.

Although the area looks like a good place to dump a body, when John’s opened in 1930 the shipyards were bustling, and the place still keeps day-laborer’s hours: 6:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The cheesesteak is the best in town, but your first time, get Philadelphia’s sleeper signature sandwich, the roast pork with shards of provolone.

An insult followed quickly by a compliment? At this rate, we’ll take it.

Shanks: 932 South Tenth Street; 215-629-1093
John’s: 14 East Snyder Avenue; 215-463-1951,

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