Five Famous Philadelphia Sandwiches (Aside From the Classic Cheesesteak)

The Liberty Bell. Independence Hall. The Franklin Institute. Philadelphia is known for a lot of treasures and attractions, but the cheesesteak may be the city’s most widely appreciated claim to fame.

Because the Philly cheesesteak is so popular, there’s a good chance that every traveler who has ever been to the city has had at least one, but what about Philadelphia’s lesser known sandwiches? As it turns out, there’s a lot more to Philadelphia’s culinary achievements than the cheesesteak. For travelers eager to sample wider arrays of Philly food, we offer this list of five of Philadelphia’s best non-cheesesteak sandwiches.

  1. The Roast Pork Sandwich at DiNic’s

    Located in Reading Terminal Market—one of Philadelphia’s food meccas—DiNic’s serves a world-famous roast pork sandwich topped with sharp provolone and broccoli rabe. In fact, DiNic’s roast pork sandwich was named “America’s Best Sandwich” in 2012 by Man V. Food’s Adam Richman. Sleeping on this sandwich would be a mistake.

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  2. The Schmitter® Sandwich At McNally’s Tavern

    Notice that little ‘R’ attached to this sandwich’s name? The Schmitter® is such a Philadelphia institution that McNally’s Tavern has actually copyrighted it.

    The Schmitter® is related to the Philly cheesesteak—made with grilled steak, fried onions, and melted cheese — but it takes the original sandwich to a whole new level. McNally’s adds salami, tomatoes, and a proprietary sauce to the mix before serving the sandwich on a toasted kaiser roll.

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  3. Sarcone’s

    Try any sandwich at Sarcone’s award-winning deli and be impressed. That’s because the secret to Sarcone’s success is not only what goes in the sandwich, but also what the sandwich is served on. Gourmets laud Sarcone’s fresh-baked bread; some have even gone as far as to call it “a work of art.”

    Popular sandwiches at Sarcone’s include the classic Italian and the Ultimate Veggie, but foodies agree: there’s no way to go wrong when ordering from Sarcone’s.

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  4. The Vegan Chicken Cheesesteak at GoVinda’s

    Many of Philadelphia’s most famous sandwiches leave vegetarians and vegans out in the cold. To help spread the love, vegan restaurant GoVinda’s offers a meatless take on Philadelphia’s classic cheesesteak. GoVinda’s uses vegan chicken, soy cheese, and finely chopped green peppers to build a sandwich that rivals its beef-based cousin.

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  5. The Turkey Sandwich at Tradestone Cafe

    Last year, Philadelphia Magazine named Tradestone Cafe’s turkey sandwich the best turkey sandwich in the city—and for good reason. Tradestone serves its turkey sandwich on a fresh-baked pretzel roll, made with beer and sea salt, and dresses its roasted turkey breast with a French pepper mayonnaise. The Tradestone turkey sandwich is an elegant twist on a lunchtime classic.

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There’s no doubt that the cheesesteak will continue its reign in Philadelphia for years to come, but that doesn’t mean visitors shouldn’t take advantage of all the other world-class sandwiches served in restaurants around the city. Start by testing these five heavyweights.