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Feb 17, 2008 04:07 PM

Best Roast Beef in the Philly Area?

Looking for the best roast beef sandwich in the Philly area-any help? Thanks, Chrilar

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  1. Do not pass Go.
    Do not collect $200.

    Go directly to Nick's Roast Beef on 20th and Jackson in South Philly. It's a corner bar with some tables in the back or you can get it to go.

    Here is a recent article in the Philadelphia Inquirer that will tell you all you need to know...

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    1. re: Philly Ray

      Realize, though, that this is not a standard "deli" roast beef if that is what you are looking for.... It is GREAT though, especially with a frosty beer.

      DiNic's at the Reading terminal makes a good one as well, but Nick's is an experience.

    2. Nick's at 20th and Jackson is the best. There are a couple other places also named Nick's in the city that offer roast beef sandwiches, but they are unrelated, and nowhere near as good. If you are in Delaware County, there is a sister location in Springfield on Rt. 420 called Old Original Nick's Roast Beef. The signature sandwich is the Beef Combo (w/ mild provolone cheese) served "overboard", i.e. extra gravy.

      1. I'm not saying its better than Nick's (I havent been to Nick's since I was about 12) but when I worked in the city, Cherry Street Tavern was the go to place for hot roast beef sandwiches. Its a corner dive bar at Cherry and maybe 22nd or 23rd street. Perfect place for beef and beer!

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        1. re: mddletown

          "Dive" is a bit strong... it's a pretty nice bar, at least now a days. i remember it being a bit seedier years ago, but i was too young for it anyway. it's a good neighborhood bar and yes, the sandwich is pretty good. it wouldn't draw me there on its own, but i like the bar enough that i go there sometimes anyways.

          1. re: mddletown

            I used to live at 22nd and the Parkway, and the Cherry Street was my second home. I would order the beef sandwich cold if Bill had a rare one sitting out, or hot if it was too well-done for my tastes. They were always very accommodating.

            They used to cook their beef on-prem. Have not visited in about a year. It is also one of the few bars around that has a marble facing at leg level and a urine trough from the old days when you didn't need to leave the bar in order to relive yourself.

            22nd and Cherry

            1. re: phillyjazz

              Cherry St Tavern has great roast beef and pork sandwiches, I've been going there for about 15 years. Parking can be a pain though.