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The Single Best Sandwich

March 25, 2007

Far too often, but mostly as a tourist, I have been the unfortunate victim of a generic and poor “top burger”, “top sandwich”, or some other trap of a list.  As I eat the nasty stuff, I am disapponted in myself, and have only two repeated thoughts: (1) I wish I had a locals’ list, and (2) Sucker. 

What bothers me most is that I am forced to violate my only rules of eating, of which there are three – (1) Eat pizza, but never eat bad pizza,  (2) Eat burgers, but never eat bad burgers, and (3) Eat fries, but never eat bad fries. 

So, in an effort to avoid breaking the above rules, I present to you, from a homegrown Philadelphian’s perspective, the single best sandwich you can get here, along with notable considerations and not along with puffy commentary.  Just the item for you to decide whether to try it, or if you have tried it and disagree, what tops it?   

Before the announcement, please note that the single best sandwich in center city along with notable considerations may not apply to those who do not eat meat.  Additionally, the list is particulary biased against the areas of the city west of broad since, other than college, I lived mostly on the delicious east side.       

The best sandwich in center city is North Third’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich with Mayo, Bacon, Guacamole, and Plum Tomatoes. 

Notable considerations, in no particular order, are as follows: (1) the French Dip Sandwhich at the Society Hill Hotel, (2) the Mama Mia at Campo’s, (3) the Deuce Burger, (4) Gooddog’s Peanut Butter and Jelly with Bananas Sandwich, (5) the Corned Beef Sandwich at Kibitz, (6) the Society Hill Cheesesteak, (7) the Chickpea Sandwich at Standard Tap, and (8) the Abner’s Chicken Cheesesteak.

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  1. March 28, 2007 2:45 pm

    The Kibbitz corned beef is good, but Herschel’s – which opened recently in the Terminal – offers a better-tasting corned beef sandwhich, albeit slightly smaller. As for the great cheesesteak debate, I’ll cast my vote for John’s – the little lunch shack on Snyder Ave., a couple of blocks west of Columbus. The John’s Cheesesteak is a gut-buster, but the bun has just the right amount of crunch, and you can actually taste the meat and the cheese – unlike those sloppy, doughy globs they call cheesesteaks at Pat’s and Geno’s.

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