People in Philadelphia care deeply about sandwiches. We knew that already, but the quarter-finals of our Ultimate Philly Sandwich Bracket certainly helped drive the point home. Not only were thousands of votes cast online, but many who filled out the in-person ballots we left at the Elite Eight shops added emotional comments to underscore their choices.
So, what’s the verdict? In the tightest race of all, Snyder Avenue shack John’s Roast Pork edged out Reading Terminal Market favorite Tommy DiNic’s. Another very close contest saw Ricci’s slide past its South Philly neighbor Sarcone’s. Seems the falafel at Mama’s in Rittenhouse has tons of fans, enough to quash the veggie hoagie at the spot formerly known as Chickie’s (it’s now called Antonio’s Deli, but the sandwich is the same). And as much as the Schmitter is a part of the city’s heritage, the draw of the McNally’s special couldn’t stand up to the popular juggernaut that is the fried chicken sandwich at Federal Donuts.
Now it’s down to brass tacks (not in the sandwiches, Health Dept., don’t worry).
Vote for your favorites below, and then come out to our Final Four tasting at the end of the week so you can taste all the semifinalists in person. We’ll be holding it down in the Rotunda at Liberty Place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26. (RSVP on Meetup or Facebook), and everyone is invited to stop by and sample what we now feel comfortable calling the best four sandwiches Philly has to offer.