Legendary | Worth driving from anywhere
White House Sub Shop
Review by: Michael Stern
A legendary sandwich
You will find excellent sub sandwiches in and around Philadelphia as well as in other locations throughout the Delaware Valley, but once you’ve dined at The White House Sub Shop, everything else is second best.
What should I eat at the White House Sub Shop?
Our favorites from the menu are the fancy white tuna fish sandwich, meatball sandwich, and the classic Philly cheese steak. 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.
Everything is fresh!
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. It is not nearly as dainty as the loaves used to make po-boys in New Orleans, but is similar to what’s used for Italian beef sandwiches in Chicago.
The sandwich the celebrities love
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 subs, and how Frank Sinatra once had a bunch of subs shipped from New Jersey to a movie location.
A humble sandwich shop
For all its stardust, the White House sub shop 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.
Directions & Hours
- Monday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
- Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
- Friday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
- Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
- Sunday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
|Meals Served||Lunch, Dinner|
|Credit Cards Accepted||No|