Tony Luke’s

Sandwich Shop
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Whenever I pass through Philadelphia, my traditional list of “must-eats” has included cheese steaks and soft pretzels, but after eating at Tony Luke’s, I am adding their roasted pork Italian sandwich to my list.

The local favorite lunch stop, with one ordering window and a few tables of covered outdoor seating, is situated below the interstate with rumbling of 18 wheelers passing by– giving it a diesel smell, but a convenient location for area workers to have a hearty sandwich. The ordering process is fast-paced– have your order ready when you approach the front of the line and be ready to pick it up immediately when your number is called. The small establishment is filling hundreds of orders during peak hours and the counter staff don’t want to miss a beat with late-collected orders.

Tony Luke’s has a respectable Philly cheese steak with whiz: medium-thick sliced beef piled onto a substantial French roll laced with cheese whiz. The firm bread is able to hold the juices from the meat and cheese for a tasty, reasonably mess-free eat.

The highlight of this Philadelphia eatery though was Tony Luke’s roasted pork Italian: thinly sliced tender pieces of meat and provolone cheese with one unique addition – broccoli rabe sautéed in garlic. The tender and peppery pork seems to melt with the garlicky greens. The sandwich is held together by a firm piece of French baguette style bread. Quality ingredients and well-balanced spices give this proprietary specialty a winning combination that brings back customers again and again–me included.

What to Eat
Tony Luke’s, Roasted Pork Sandwich
Roasted Pork Sandwich
Must-Try
This tender Roasted Pork Italian is a must eat.
Tony Luke’s, Cheese steak
Cheese steak
Must-Try
Tony Luke's makes a very respectible cheese steak "with wiz" (cheese wiz and onions).
Tony Luke’s, Veal Cutlet Parmesan
Veal Cutlet Parmesan
Must-Try
Luke's veal cutlet is excellent, and if that's what you crave, you won't be disappointed. But, for your first visit, you must order a Pork Italian Rabe.
Tony Luke’s, Uncle Mike Sandwich With Sharp Cheese
Uncle Mike Sandwich With Sharp Cheese
Must-Try
Vegetarians can eat as well as meat-eaters at Tony Luke's. This sandwich is called an Uncle Mike. All well-cooked vegetables, and it looks like a mess, but it's high-flavored and soulful eating.
Tony Luke’s, Roast Pork Italian
Roast Pork Italian
Must-Try
The Pork Italian Rabe is Tony Luke's signature sandwich. The pork is juicy and garlicky.
Tony Luke’s, Chicken Parm
Chicken Parm
While Tony Luke's is best known for its pork sandwich, the chicken parmesan is not to be ignored.
Cheese Steak
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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
Lunch, Late Night
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes
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