White House Sub Shop

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You will find excellent sub sandwiches in and around Philadelphia as well as in other locations throughout the Northeast, but once you’ve dined at The White House Sub Shop, everything else seems second best. Ingredients range from fancy white tuna fish to meatballs and sauce to the classic Philly cheese steak configuration. The signature “White House Special” is a tide of cold cuts — Genoa salami, ham, capicola, and provolone cheese — all tightly packed inside a long loaf, lubricated with olive oil, decorated with lettuce and bits of sweet pepper.

The ingredients are excellent, but submarine connoisseurs know that it’s what’s outside that counts. Continue reading

You will find excellent sub sandwiches in and around Philadelphia as well as in other locations throughout the Northeast, but once you’ve dined at The White House Sub Shop, everything else seems second best. Ingredients range from fancy white tuna fish to meatballs and sauce to the classic Philly cheese steak configuration. The signature “White House Special” is a tide of cold cuts — Genoa salami, ham, capicola, and provolone cheese — all tightly packed inside a long loaf, lubricated with olive oil, decorated with lettuce and bits of sweet pepper.

The ingredients are excellent, but submarine connoisseurs know that it’s what’s outside that counts. White House bread, obtained throughout the day from local bakeries, is robust and soulful, not nearly as dainty as the loaves used to make po-boys in the South, but similar to what’s used for Italian beef sandwiches in Chicago.

Like the cheese steak shops of Philadelphia, the White House likes to boast of a stellar clientele. Pictures of celebrity customers line the walls, inscribed with praise for the excellence of the cuisine. News clippings tell of the time the astronauts came to eat down subs, and of Frank Sinatra once having a bunch of them shipped from New Jersey to a movie location. For all its stardust, the White House remains a humble Naugahyde-and-neon sandwich shop with a row of booths along the wall and a counter up front. The lighting is harsh, the napkins are paper, and the service is lightning fast: it would be a sin to sell subs any other way.

Dishes to try
White House Sub Shop, White House special
White House special
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A cross-sectional view emphasizes the enormous quantity of cold cuts on a White House Special.
White House Sub Shop, Tuna Sub
Tuna Sub
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White House tuna subs are well-oiled, but there's no mayo. These are fantastic!
White House Sub Shop, Regular Sub
Regular Sub
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We always get a White House Special when we visit. But the Special is a special version of what? Well, this sub, a "regular". Same ingredients, less meat. Even this one is more than you can probably eat, but we'd give the nod to the Special anyway. It just seems more... special.
White House Sub Shop, Capicola and Provolone Sub - Half
Capicola and Provolone Sub - Half
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Just capicola and provolone, for a change.
meatball sub
Cheese Steak
1/2 Turkey Sub
Chicken Parmesan Sub
1/2 Meatball Sub
1/2 White House Special
Directions and Hours
Open Today
Sunday10 am - 8 pm
Monday10 am - 8 pm
Tuesday10 am - 8 pm
Wednesday10 am - 8 pm
Thursday10 am - 8 pm
Friday10 am - 9 pm
Saturday10 am - 9 pm
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes
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