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Not Just Roast Pork at John's

There are many many many places to get a cheesesteak in Philadelphia. It can be overwhelming figuring out where to go and what to try. I’ve personally been to many but one specific place that kept coming up time and time again when talking with others and looking at reviews online continued to elude me. Perhaps it is because of the hours, location, who knows…but finally that drought comes to an end. Finally, I got to taste the cheesesteak (and roast pork sandwich) at John’s Roast Pork!

Roast Pork at John's Roast Pork in Philadelphia.

So first of all, this place has won a James Beard award. For anyone living under a rock, that’s a big deal…especially for a sandwich shop. If I wasn’t already going to be trying the roast pork, I certainly was after finding out about that. This little shop does a very large amount of business and is run by a family man who cares about his customers nearly as much as he cares about the product he is sending out. I’ve had the chance to speak with John a bit and he is a great guy. We have plans to hopefully soon go and record a full video there with him!

So, for a cheesesteak I am steadfast in what I want, and I order it the same every single time. Give me a steak with fried onions and American cheese. I don’t care about cheese whiz…I don’t care if you think it’s better with provolone…I don’t care about mushrooms or any other toppings…I don’t want condiments. If your steak needs a condiment, it isn’t good enough. There, I said it.

Cheesesteak at John's Roast Pork

The Roast Pork though...wow. I have had the roast pork at Tony Luke’s and I’ve had the roast pork at Dinic’s…this is a step above. Same excellent bread as the cheesesteak and it would have to be because the amount of juiciness coming out of this sandwich is insane. The sharp provolone adds a different dimension to the sandwich and the veggies were cooked and seasoned perfectly. These flavors blended together are honestly indescribable. Just excellent.

I think for the two sandwiches I paid around $25 but when you take into account that it was enough meat for 4 meals, the cost is honestly totally fair. I’d pay $12 for that cheesesteak any day of the week…except Sunday or Monday right now because they’re closed those days. Also make sure to check the hours because they close fairly early most nights. I think this has more to do with them being a family run and oriented business than anything, just don’t expect to get your late-night fix here.

Roast Pork from John's Roast Pork in Philly - James Beard Award winner

The fantastic meat, cheesiness, delicious and sturdy bread, and everything about the pork sandwich make this an easy one to call. John’s Roast Pork receives a resounding, emphatic, and heartfelt…Didn’t Suck!

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