John’s Roast Pork

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John’s Roast Pork began as a working person’s eatery. The shipyards personnel who were its original clientele in 1930 came here for breakfast and lunch, but went home for dinner. Heavy industry no longer dominates the neighborhood, which has become a Monopoly board of big box stores, strip malls, and discount warehouses that dwarf the little sandwich shop and its patio picnic tables.

The roast pork served here is one of Philadelphia’s culinary treasures, made from “Pop Pop’s original recipe,” cooked and boned on premises. The slices of pale, sweet meat are shockingly tender, forked from a drippy trough and piled into a superb Carangi Bakery seeded roll, then preferably supplemented by clumps of spinach sautéed in olive oil with plenty of garlic. While the tonic shot of spinach is a welcome addition, I would recommend forgoing optional cheese toppings which, in my opinion, only detract from the essential piggy richness of the pork itself.

John’s cheese steak, which is ordered from a separate station at the walk-up counter, also is one of the city’s best. John Bucci, whose family started the place, explained why the steaks are so good. “When you order one, there is nothing on the grill. We start clean,” he said. “Onions are not pre-cooked; every steak is made for the person who orders it. I am a cheese fanatic. We put five slices on every sandwich, eight if you order extra.” There is so much meat in a John’s sandwich that the server tears out some of the roll’s soft insides to make room for it. The onions are sweet, the beef juicy, the cheese abundant, the roll fresh: is there a better formula for cheese steak perfection?

What to Eat
John’s Roast Pork, Roast Pork Sandwich
Roast Pork Sandwich
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An inside look at John's spectacular roast pork sandwich
John’s Roast Pork, Cheese Steak
Cheese Steak
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It's 'John's Roast Pork,' but the beefy cheese steak is one of the city's best.
Directions and Hours
closed now
SundayCLOSED
Monday7 am - 7 pm
Tuesday7 am - 7 pm
Wednesday7 am - 7 pm
Thursday7 am - 7 pm
Friday7 am - 7 pm
Saturday9 am - 7 pm
Roadtrips
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9 stops | 29 MILES | 1 hr 35 min

Rating and ranking cheese steaks is a Philadelphia obsession, made all the more interesting because styles of steak differ dramatically. Traditional versions are made with thin flaps of meat; a popular alternative is to hack the meat into hash along with onions on the griddle. Then there's the cheese issue: Whiz or provolone? Wit' or…

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Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes
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