Thursday, August 16, 2012

WE DO NOT USE SLICING PROVOLONE! SLICING PROVOLONE ... IT'S JUST LUNCHMEAT:  After a nationwide tour, Man Vs. Food host Adam Richman has named the roast pork/broccoli rabe/provolone sandwich at Tommy DiNic's in Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market as the best sandwich in America:
Richman's top three included the roast pork from DiNic's; the Yardbird from Slow’s in Detroit, which has smoked chicken breast drenched in mustard sauce, tossed with sauteed mushrooms and slathered with cheddar cheese, piled with bacon; and a chicken conquistador sandwich at Zunzi's in Savannah, Ga., which is basically chicken, Italian dressing, and "secret sauce" along with tomatoes and lettuce on a baguette.

Other finalists looked good, too: a shrimp po’ boy from Domilise's in New Orleans; Al’s Beef in Chicago; the CSS Virginia sandwich at the Black Sheep diner in Richmond, Va.; a roast beef sandwich piled with fries and homemade bechamel sauce from the Big-Ass Sandwiches food truck in Portland, Ore.; an El Toro BBQ sandwich from Phil’s BBQ in San Diego; the seared beef tongue sandwich from the Noble Pig in Austin, Texas; and the lobster roll at the Galley Restaurant & Pub in Naples, Maine.
I don't believe he considered the Denny's ("Now Serving Black People, Because The Courts Say We Have To") offering where they stuffed mozzarella sticks inside a grilled cheese sandwich, however.


  1. bristlesage12:22 PM

    When we were just in Philadelphia, the line at DiNic's was always too long to fit the wait in between bridge sessions.  Too bad, it smelled delicious.

  2. Jim Bell4:29 PM

    At the height of my powers, I used to eat 2-3 sandwiches from DiNic's 2-3 times per week.  It is my humble opinion that the pork sandwich is properly dressed with broccoli rabe and and a mix of hot and sweet roasted peppers but no sharp provolone.  As much as I love sharp provolone, I believe that on that sandwich it turns the whole sandwich into a sharp provolone sandwich when what I want is porky goodness.  For those interested, the companion sandwiches were usually a roast beef sandwich dressed the same way and a pulled pork sandwich dressed the same way.  I would wash the whole mess down with two birch beers.  I'm beginning to think my bypass operation was no fluke.

  3. Jim Bell4:30 PM

    And, the line at DiNic's is never too long.  It's worth it.

  4. Joseph Finn6:07 PM

    I've decided that lists like these are fliipping a coin among 5 or so top choices, so I'll just say Al's Beef is indeed almost a religious experience.  (Oddly, in Cape May (NJ) last week I had an Italian beef, with jus, in a little restaurant called Crest Tavern that was exceptional, almost Chicago level.)

  5. Andrew6:13 PM

    I had the roast pork at DiNic's the last time I was in Philadelphia. It was indeed epic. Best in America? 

  6. No joke, I checked the comments just to see if Jim Bell had chimed in.  It's nice to see that there are still some things you can count on.

  7. Jim Bell9:59 AM

    Um, Thanks, I think.  If only gluttony weren't a deadly sin...