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Originally Appeared on Condé Nast Traveler
Give us a little background on this place?
Philadelphia’s best-known sandwich might be the cheesesteak—but that doesn't mean it's the city's official sandwich. For that, look to the roast pork, which stacks thin slices of pork, broccoli rabe, and sharp provolone on an Italian hoagie roll. Though the originator of the sandwich is unknown, this small shop in South Philly makes one of the most beloved iterations. Order at the counter and take your sandwich out to the small picnic table area that’s set up outside.
What's the crowd like?
The hearty portions and South Philly location draw a mix of construction workers, cops, locals, and tourists. Pay attention to how the locals ahead of you in line order—there’s little patience here for indecision.
What should we be drinking?
Soda and water are on offer to help you wash down your sandwich, but if you’re looking for a beer, it ain't happening—so make sure to take your order to go.
Tell us about the food
Unlike cheesesteaks, eating a roast pork sandwich is an “only in Philly” affair, and not one that should be missed. The rendition at John’s never disappoints, but sometimes it does over-deliver on size. If you have a more modest appetite, consider sharing one with a friend.
What's the service like?
Folks in South Philly have one of the city’s most distinct accents, and you’re likely to be greeted by it at John’s when the team takes your order. The staff is just a touch rough 'round the edges at times (not unlike South Philly), but they're more than happy to share the roast pork gospel with visitors.
So, at the end of the day, why are we coming here?
A trip to John’s offers you not only an outstanding and filling sandwich, but a look at a Philadelphia institution that's been around for more than 80 years.
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