John’s Roast Pork on Snyder Avenue can be a pain in the ass to get to since they are only open weekdays between 6:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. but now comes word that as of Saturday, April 7th, the roast pork sandwich stand that is known as much for their cheesesteak will be open on Saturdays. The hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
We’ll glaze over the fans behaving badly and the cheesesteak references in this Chicago Tribune article and focus on the parts where food critic Phil Vettel finds us quite willing to talk about all the great food we have in this city.
Special nods of respect for finding Koo Zee Doo and skipping Pat’s/Geno’s for John’s Roast Pork.
Stephen Starr has entered the pizza stage with Stella, and though the warring pizza-style factions all have opinions as to its success, everyone who loves pizza (which is to say everyone) agrees that it was high time that someone took on our pizza problem in a serious way. Let’s face it, Philly: We are pizza poor.
Esquire – the magazine that inexplicably called the Friendly Lounge one of the best bars in America (though they redeemed themselves by also including Southwark) – put together an “Encyclopedia of Sandwiches” in their March issue and two Philly sandwiches made the cut: the roast pork with provolone from John’s Roast Pork and the chicken cutlet from Shank’s & Evelyn’s.Francine Maroukian, who made the picks, is a Philadelphian (and a great and prolific food writer) so we can’t argue with her cred.
Any other sandwiches that you might have included, should Esquire have asked you to pick?
Frank Bruni, food critic for the New York Times was recently in Philadelphia and describes a couple of experiences he had here.The first is a positive one, a cheese plate from Amada. The second, real Philadelphia addytood from John’s Roast Pork.
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