Cheesesteak #7 John's Roast Pork

11:00 AM 

On a Friday

Philadelphia, PA


Look, I was a little nervous to come here. This establishment is constantly rated as one of the best places to get a cheesesteak in Philadelphia. Not only that, but the cheesesteak is not even considered to be their best sandwich. Now that is some seriously high praise.

That means expectations are high. There's no way to get around it. I am expecting to be completely blown away. That's a lot of pressure to put on a sandwich.

Impossible standards, weird location, and getting a sandwich that I know isn't even the specialty of this establishment really prepared me to be let down. I was sure it would be great, but was it really going to be everything I could dream of?

It was.

Even with all the build up, all the expectations, I was honestly blown away.

I wanted it to not be good. I root for the underdog. Even when it's a sports team I like at the top of the ranking I root for those below to unseat the leader.

...maybe this is why I'm bad at being a sports fan.

But this is one of the few times that I am happy that the leader stays exactly where they belong.

- Rating -

So how does it rate?

The categories are:

  • Roll
  • Meat
  • Cheese
  • Onions
  • Team Effort (how it all works together)
  • Service (at the establishment)
  • Overall Value

A maximum of 5 points can be assigned to each category.

  • Roll - 5
    • I don't know if it was the texture, the taste, the addition of sesame seeds on the top, but this was magical
  • Meat - 5
    • The meat on this cheesesteak was, by far, the most surprisingly delightful part of this experience. It was well cut, well seasoned, well cooked, and piled high. What more could a girl ask for?
  • Cheese - 4.5
    • This is clearly not Cheese Whiz. And, clearly, it was delicious. Look, I was trying to keep this as scientific as possible, but sometimes that's just not an option. I briefly considered not giving any number for the cheese category and making the total out of 30 instead of 35, but then I remembered that no one really cares about this but me and I can do what I want
  • Onions - 4
    • Good number of onions, good texture of onions, just good onions
  • Team Effort - 5
    • Not only was each individual part of  this cheesesteak a stand alone success, but together I don't know if they can ever be beat
  • Service - 4
    • Service was good. There were separate lines for "Grill-Steaks-Breakfast" and "Beef-Pork-Meatballs" which greatly streamlined the process, which seemed to help
  • Value - 4.5
    • An amazing cheesesteak for about $10. 

TOTAL:  32

Other Elements of Note:

This location is NOT cash only. Cards are accepted, but there is a $10 minimum...which is not hard to achieve.

This location was a bit unique. It's like they planned the location based on losing a bet. Literally steps from the train tracks, this unassuming shop still gets a steady stream of patrons. It's really not hard to see why.

There are picnic tables, both inside and outside that are really the only way these cheesesteaks should be enjoyed.

More information about John's Roast Pork can be found on their website, such as menu, hours, and contact information.

- Recap -

John's Roast Pork is considered to be the best.

I agree.