Hungry? Don’t worry. You will soon be craving one of the delicious sandwiches for which Pennsylvania is known. So sit back and get ready for a massive craving as you discover these eight Pennsylvania sandwiches and where you can enjoy them.
1. Philly cheesesteak sandwich at Jim's Steaks – 400 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Only one sandwich can rightfully sit atop the list of Pennsylvania sandwiches that you must try before you die: The Philly cheesesteak. You'll have no shortage of spots to order an authentic Philly cheesesteak, especially in Philadelphia. One of the hottest places to get one is Jim's Steaks, a Philadelphia favorite since 1939. If you can't get to the city, satisfy your cravings by ordering and having your sandwiches delivered anywhere in the United States.
2. The Pittsburgher at Primanti Brothers – 46 18th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Primanti Brothers has been a Pennsylvania favorite since 1933. Of course, you'll find that some people absolutely love the sandwiches while others just don't. Still, the Pittsburgher - or any other Primanti Brothers sandwich - is a must try for every Pennsylvanian. That's because the popular Pittsburgh restaurant, which has also expanded into other states, offers two unique toppings on all of their sandwiches: French fries and coleslaw.
3. Issac's Rueben at Issac's Famous Grilled Sandwiches – 245 Centerville Road, Lancaster, PA 17603
Props to Omaha, Nebraska for inventing the Rueben sandwich. But, you've never tasted a Reuben quite as fresh as the sandwich served at Issac's Grilled Sandwiches. Issac's Rueben, of course, has its own twist. Enjoy a generous helping of roasted turkey or corned beef topped with sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing, and melted Swiss cheese sandwiched between fresh rye bread.
4. Roast Pork Sandwich at Tommy DiNic's Roast Beef & Pork –
Go to Tommy DiNic's at Reading Terminal Market hungry, especially if you really want to enjoy their famous roast pork sandwich. Named the Best Sandwich in America in 2012, the roast pork sandwich features slow-roasted pork that's lathered in spices and herbs. Add sharp provolone cheese and broccoli rabe for the perfect sandwich.
5. Zeps at Eve's Lunch – 318 East Johnson Highway, Norristown, PA 19401
You can't live in Pennsylvania without trying the famous zep sandwich at least once. Eve's Lunch features one of the state's most popular sandwiches, which consists of salami topped with provolone cheese, onions, tomatoes, peppers, and oregano. Enjoy your sandwich with a side of golden fries.
6. Hoagie at Steph's Subs – 150 E Main Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Sometimes nothing hits the spot like a delicious hoagie. Steph's Sub has won accolades from diners in Bloomsburg. The beauty of a hoagie? You have a plethora from which to choose - the Italian, the turkey, or the salami hoagie. Steph's Subs offers a generous menu of both cold and hot hoagies.
7. Ham Barbeque at Jim's – 2600 Skyline Drive, West Mifflin, PA 15122
Who knows what a ham barbecue sandwich is? If you're from PA, specifically Western Pennsylvania, you likely grew up on the famous sandwich, made with chipped ham (or chipped chop ham, if you prefer) served at Islay's. While Islay's delis are now but a footnote in history, you can still get an old-fashioned ham BBQ sandwich at Jim's in West Mifflin, which also happens to be famous for its hot dogs.
8. Hog Hoagie Sandwich at Wally's Deli – 1245 Chestnut Street, Emmaus, PA 18049
Head to Wally's Deli in Emmaus or Allentown to experience one of its famous Hog Hoagies. Wally's Deli offers traditional hog hoagies - Italian, baked ham, and corned beef - as well as specialty hogs such as the Tommy Hog (turkey) and the Wart Hog (ham). And, despite the name, Wally's Deli also features the Veggie Hog Hoagie that will appeal to vegetarians.
How many of these Pennsylvania sandwiches have you tried? And should any others make the list? Once you’ve tried all of these Pennsylvania sandwiches, try one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches the state has to offer.
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