john’s roast pork – roast pork sandwich

As you may have read before, I love the cheesesteak at John’s Roast Pork in South Philly. On my first two visits to John’s, I always got the steak. I’ve wanted to get the roast pork but was always in a steak mood when I got down there. Finally, on my third visit, I got the roast pork sandwich.

The sandwich is made up of their roast pork which has been sitting in its juices plus sharp provolone served on a seedy, crusty roll. Delicious.

John’s Roast Pork
14 Snyder Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148

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philly foodspotting weird food eatup – october 2011

For the Halloween season, I thought it’d be fun to do a weird food eatup around Philly. It was originally intended to be a crawl, but due to time constraints on a weeknight, I figured an eatup would be best. I chose Los Taquitos de Puebla in South Philly as our venue since it is home to several odd tacos, from head meat to eyeballs. Yes, eyeballs.

tacos de surtida

Unfortunately, it rained a good amount last Thursday so attendance was pretty slim. At the table sat me, fellow Foodspotter Lee, and his wife. Lee’s wife wasn’t too fond of giving the weird tacos a try, so me and Lee split the Tacos de Ojo (eyeball), Tacos de Trompa (lips), and Tacos de Surtida (mixed head meat).

lee eating the last bit of eyeballs...

We “toasted” and took our first bite of the eyeball tacos. It honestly wasn’t as unpleasant as I thought it would be. The texture was very chewy and fatty. Not the most desirable texture, but hey, it was chopped up and wasn’t looking at me! The other tacos had a similar fatty consistency but had much more meaty texture than the eyeballs did.

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john’s roast pork – cheesesteak

I enjoy cheesesteaks. My normal order is a steak with whiz and onions, nothing else. John’s Roast Pork does not even offer their steaks with whiz. If you may or may not know, not every place in Philly serves whiz on their steaks and the typical alternatives are American or mild provolone. I’ve had steaks with American and mild provolone and they really haven’t done anything for me.

This South Philly establishment serves up a cheesesteak without whiz that wins me over. They serve a steak on a beautiful seeded roll with onions and sharp provolone. It’s so ridiculously good. I’m even inclined as to say it’s my favorite steak in the city. Unfortunately John’s is only open during the week and they close at 3 pm. If you pass by and they’re open, stop in for a one!

They also make a roast pork sandwich that is supposedly out of this world. I have yet to try it!

John’s Roast Pork
14 Snyder Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148

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south philadelphia tap room

It took me way too long to get down here. I’ve always heard great things about the food Chef Scott Schroeder makes. He also tweets photos of his food and it always looks awesome. For example, there’s the grilled cheese & tomato soup and the extremely rare chicken fried cheesesteak. After seeing these, you’re probably wondering why it took me so long to go.

Grilled cheese in mind, I made my way down after work yesterday. To my surprise, an insert was handed out in addition to the regular menu which included Scott’s Dogs, hot dogs which will soon be served from a cart in a collaboration with Southwark Chef Nick Macri, an appetizer of “mexican construction worker style headcheese tacos”, and “my grandmom’s tomato and mayonnaise sandwich”. Whoa! If you follow Scott on Twitter, you have definitely seen him talk about a simple sandwich of tomato and mayo. I never thought it was weird, but I certainly have never had or heard of it. It certainly intrigued me. After I saw that Scott was offering this on the menu, I had no choice but to order it. I had to see what all the fuss was about. The sandwich (pictured above) is made from Lancaster county tomatoes, white bread, and mayo and is accompanied by a side of fries, salad, or pasta salad. It was freaking delicious. I would ramble on more, but my words honestly don’t do it any justice. You HAVE to make it down here.

grilled cheese & tomato soup

One of the three of us did get the grilled cheese and she was kind enough to let me try a piece. That was quite fantastic too. If I had a couple more beers in me, there’s no doubt in my mind I would have ordered a grilled cheese too. I also tried one of the headcheese tacos which was tasty. They had quite the spice kick!

mexican construction worker style headcheese tacos

I will definitely be back. The place has a chill vibe, the beer selection is good, and Scott’s food rocks. I also have unfinished business (grilled cheese/tomato soup, the burger, Scott’s Dogs, and a chicken fried cheesesteak…if I get lucky).

If you think it’s too far to get to it’s only a couple blocks northwest of the Snyder stop on the Broad Street Line. Do it.

South Philadelphia Tap Room
1509 Mifflin Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145

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2011 flavors of the avenue

Last Saturday was Flavors of the Avenue, East Passyunk Avenue’s annual food festival. I attended for the second time and it was great. The tent had it’s tables lined around the perimeter with several local restaurants. This year, it felt a little less crowded, in a good way since I was able to go around more and try a lot of stuff.

chicken curry waffle from chhaya

Chhaya served a chicken curry waffle which was one of my favorite things served on Saturday. It had lots of flavor and the waffle was light and airy.

the team from plenty

Plenty was serving three different sandwiches and I tried the chicken one. It was pretty good, but I wish I tried the tasso ham sandwich. Unfortunately, they were waiting for more from the restaurant at the time and I totally forgot to come back to the table. I’ve heard some great things about the tasso sandwich.

biscuits & gravy from green eggs cafe

mamma maria serving up sausage marinara over polenta

Mamma Maria served some tasty sausage marinara over polenta. At the preview, she offered penne in a gorgonzola sauce that was fantastic. This is definitely one of the places I’ve gotta check out.

The buttermilk biscuits in sausage gravy from Green Eggs Cafe were also delicious. Now if they only served mini-kitchen sinks at the event…

spring pea soup from fond*

dark chocolate coconut brownies from fond*

*Photos taken at preview event.

Fond served a chilled spring pea soup with sumac yogurt and a dark chocolate coconut brownie. They were also some of the best things I ate on Saturday.

Events like this always remind me that there are a lot of great places to eat in south Philly and I need to get down there more often.

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