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John's Roast Pork

14 Snyder Ave. (Weccacoe Ave.) Send to Phone
A South Philly institution where there’s no shame in ordering a cheesesteak before 10 a.m. Photo by T.Tseng / CC BY 2.0

Open Tues.-Sat. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

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John's Roast Pork, Philadelphia, PA

John's Roast Pork Restaurant Review

: International fame has not changed this riverfront treasure one bit. The road-stand décor is still spare and unremarkable, but it hardly matters to the customers lining up from the 9 a.m. opening for a taste of the sandwiches. There's the namesake, slow-roasted pork butt tucked into a delightfully seeded Carangi roll with peppery broccoli rabe and melty provolone (sharp is the way to go). Another great bet is the cheesesteak. Made with seasoned rib-eye and an ample portion of cheese (it's a decidedly grown-up choice of American or provolone; no Whiz on the premises), this is a first-rate specimen. There are egg sandwiches here, too, topped with Italian sausage or local delicacy Taylor pork roll. A small menu of cold hoagies, burgers and fishcake sandwiches rounds out the offerings. Go early, order ahead or prepare for a very worthwhile wait.

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