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The Most Iconic Sandwiches in Philly

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Here are some of Philly's iconic sandwiches.
Philly's got so many great sandwiches that narrowing the list down to manageable is almost impssible. But, what makes a sandwich iconic? It's not always the best sandwich, or the buzziest, but the one that is unmistakably ours and you know where to get it.

From the old school classics to the new school favorites, there's a little something for everyone. And, make no mistake, this list could have easily been 40 deep, 20 of which could have been roast pork and cheesesteaks. But, we had to draw the line somewhere. So, we present to you The Most Iconic Sandwiches in Philly.

So, which sandwich do you think should have been put on the list that we left out, and why? Let us and everyone else know in the comments.


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John's Roast Pork

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John's Roast Pork namesake sandwich is most definitely one of Philly's iconic sandwiches, along with their cheesesteak. It's so good, they won a Beard Award in 2006.

Paesano's Philly Style

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There are two sandwiches on this menu that can be considered iconic in the new world order of Philly sandwiches. Both the Arist and the Paesano are worthy of being called iconic.

DiNic's Roast Pork and Beef

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DiNic's Roast Pork recently won "Best Sandwich in America," but all of Philly already knew that and didn't need a TV Show to underline the fact. But it does cement DiNic's place as one of Philly's iconic sandwiches.

Shank's Original

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The Chicken Italiano (chicken cutlet with broccoli rabe and sharp provolone on a long roll) is a Philly staple, and definitely one of our most iconic sandwiches. And no one does it better than Shank's.

Sarcone's Deli

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The Italian Hoagie is not only an iconic Philly sandwich, but the word hoagie is iconically Philly as well. And the best Italian Hoagie cn be found on S. 9th Street at Sarcone's.

Nick's Old Original Roast Beef

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Nick's Roast Beef has spawned many imitators, but the best is still the best. And don't forget to slather it with horseradish and wet the roll.

McNally's Tavern

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The Schmitter found new life at Citizens Bank Park, but it's been a staple of life for the folks on Germantown Avenue since McNally's put it on the menu.

Georges Sandwich Shop

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The Tripe Sandwich at George's in the Italian Market is surely an acquired taste, but there's no doubt it's iconic. Blue collar as it gets, which fits in nicely with Philly in every way.

Rocco's Italian Sausage

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You wouldn't think a sausage sandwich from Home Depot would be that great, but it is, and Philly can't do this list without a sausage sandwich.

Famous 4th Street Delicatessen

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Maybe the storefront is more iconic than the food itself, but their mile-high pastrami is what the deli will always be remembered for. And it's still damned good.

Levis Hot Dogs

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The rebirth of Levis might be in the suburbs, but they brought back one of Philly's most iconic foods, the Levis Hot Dog. They've been packed since the big comeback, and the dogs are better than ever.

Pat's King of Steaks

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While Pat's might not be the best cheesesteak in Philly, or even a top 10, there's no way to whip up an iconic sandwich list without Pat's King of Steaks being somewhere on it.

Stogie Joe's Passyunk Tavern

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The meatball sandwich has been a big part of Philly's sandwich history, and Stogie Joe's on E. Passyunk has the very best in town. Sliced lengthwise and served on a kaiser roll makes it much less messy, too.

Tony Luke's

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Can you make a list of iconic sandwiches and leave off Tony Luke's? He's the larger than life character who introduced the world to cheesesteaks via his frozen supermarket version. Sure, it's not the best, but it's definitely iconic.

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John's Roast Pork

John's Roast Pork namesake sandwich is most definitely one of Philly's iconic sandwiches, along with their cheesesteak. It's so good, they won a Beard Award in 2006.

Paesano's Philly Style

There are two sandwiches on this menu that can be considered iconic in the new world order of Philly sandwiches. Both the Arist and the Paesano are worthy of being called iconic.

DiNic's Roast Pork and Beef

DiNic's Roast Pork recently won "Best Sandwich in America," but all of Philly already knew that and didn't need a TV Show to underline the fact. But it does cement DiNic's place as one of Philly's iconic sandwiches.

Shank's Original

The Chicken Italiano (chicken cutlet with broccoli rabe and sharp provolone on a long roll) is a Philly staple, and definitely one of our most iconic sandwiches. And no one does it better than Shank's.

Sarcone's Deli

The Italian Hoagie is not only an iconic Philly sandwich, but the word hoagie is iconically Philly as well. And the best Italian Hoagie cn be found on S. 9th Street at Sarcone's.

Nick's Old Original Roast Beef

Nick's Roast Beef has spawned many imitators, but the best is still the best. And don't forget to slather it with horseradish and wet the roll.

McNally's Tavern

The Schmitter found new life at Citizens Bank Park, but it's been a staple of life for the folks on Germantown Avenue since McNally's put it on the menu.

Georges Sandwich Shop

The Tripe Sandwich at George's in the Italian Market is surely an acquired taste, but there's no doubt it's iconic. Blue collar as it gets, which fits in nicely with Philly in every way.

Rocco's Italian Sausage

You wouldn't think a sausage sandwich from Home Depot would be that great, but it is, and Philly can't do this list without a sausage sandwich.

Famous 4th Street Delicatessen

Maybe the storefront is more iconic than the food itself, but their mile-high pastrami is what the deli will always be remembered for. And it's still damned good.

Levis Hot Dogs

The rebirth of Levis might be in the suburbs, but they brought back one of Philly's most iconic foods, the Levis Hot Dog. They've been packed since the big comeback, and the dogs are better than ever.

Pat's King of Steaks

While Pat's might not be the best cheesesteak in Philly, or even a top 10, there's no way to whip up an iconic sandwich list without Pat's King of Steaks being somewhere on it.

Stogie Joe's Passyunk Tavern

The meatball sandwich has been a big part of Philly's sandwich history, and Stogie Joe's on E. Passyunk has the very best in town. Sliced lengthwise and served on a kaiser roll makes it much less messy, too.

Tony Luke's

Can you make a list of iconic sandwiches and leave off Tony Luke's? He's the larger than life character who introduced the world to cheesesteaks via his frozen supermarket version. Sure, it's not the best, but it's definitely iconic.

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