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Sep 9, 2006 04:23 PM

Love that Brisket

I never thought I'd find a sandwich at the Reading Terminal Market that I loved more than DiNic's Roast Pork with Cheese and Greens. Then the Best of Philly mag prompted me to try their brisket...

So good!!!! Tender brisket, onion gravy, and that sharp provolone cheese. I talked about my new discovery with some friends yesterday and woke up knowing what I'd be having for lunch. Today I got the end piece- jackpot!

I highly recommend you all try this new gem of a sandwich.

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  1. Hmm. Exciting. The problem is, how do I overcome the black-hole-like gravitational pull of the pork sandwich? I've tried before to order other things on the menu, but every time I belly up to the counter at DiNic's my willpower melts away and I end up ordering exactly the same thing.

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    1. re: GDSwamp

      I solve this problem by dragging my boyfriend along and making him share a pork and a brisket. I dream about these sandwiches.

    2. Love That Dinic's Roast Pork! Cheesesteak/ shmeezesteak! The best sandwich I have had in Philly is the Roast Pork at Dinic's!
      Like GDSwamp it is hard to imagine ordering anything else there but will try to try.
      By the way: Devil's Alley at 19th and Chestnut which is a very spotty menu (some good and some so-so)has a killer smoked Brisket , cheese and grilled onion sandwich.

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      1. re: phillydoc

        Ooh. Okay, I'm trying that today.

        Agreed that DiNic's RP is the porky jewel in the Philly sandwich crown. My close seconds are the hoagies at Sarcones and the sliced cheesesteaks at Steve's Prince of.... Any of those three is well worth the nap I have to take after eating one.

        1. re: GDSwamp

          My favorite roast pork in the city is Tony Luke's - the roast pork italian with sharp provolone and broccoli rabe. To me, Dinic's is second best (we're talking such a high level here, that even second best is transcendant). I've never made it to John's, but hope to one of these days.

      2. While we're on the subject: How about the Hoagies at Primo's? Not shabby at all! Some folks object to the hardish, sesame seed roll but I think it is just right as a holder of all hoagie innards: imparts a flavor of its own. Love the sandwiches at Gusto, and the only hoagie I have found worth driving to the shore for is the White House Sub at Atlantic City. The unsurpassed king of hoagies-its in the roll!

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        1. re: phillydoc

          Agreed about the bread. Before Philadelphia I thought hoagies/subs/grinders/heroes were totally boring, but this city has an amazing array of perfectly made Italian rolls that make for transcendent sandwiches. So far, Sarcone's is my far-and-away favorite, but I'll check out Primo's and Gusto asap.

          1. re: GDSwamp

            Johns' Roast Pork uses rolls from S. Philly bakery Carangi's freesh every day. This is the only bread I think stands up to Sarcone's. Conshohocken Bakery makes some might good rolls too though ..

        2. At Primo's I like their hoagie w/turkey and jalapenos. Agree, the bread is really good.

          Gusto's a takeout standby for us. Just had it Saturday night. Usually I get the roast pork w/greens and provolone (it's no Dinic's, but not bad at all) or the meatball. Meatball is on a large sesame seed roll with marinara and cheese (and when I first moved here and asked for the meatball sub, my request was met with confusion, it seems, 'meatball sub' is not as universally descriptive as I thought).

          I was once able to repress my primal, pork-gobbling urges and order the brisket at DiNic's and, alas, they were out, thus fate forced me to return to my swiney master.

          1. Can't imagine why no one mentioned John's Roast Pork. It is, easily, the BEST meal in Philadelphia. Also, Primo's uses Sarcone's rolls for their hoagies, so it is virtually impossible to tell the difference between the two hoagies.

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            1. re: OlderPhiladelphian

              Hmm. Then I can't imagine why people would be down on the bread (as phillydoc mentioned).