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Roast Pork, Subs & Cheesesteaks - Plymouth Meeting/Conshy/Norristown

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GDSinPA Feb 16, 2011 12:35 PM

Just started working in the area and will be on the lookout for the best Italian Subs, Roast Pork, and Cheesesteaks for occasional lunch, and would love any suggestions within this 5 mile or so area.

So far, I've tried Lenny's Italian Deli and Lee's Hoagie House - can't complain about either, but not all that I'm hoping for.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions - particularly on the roast pork.

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Lee's Hoagie House
230 N Maple Ave, Marlton, NJ 08053

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    Enjoy Good Food Feb 18, 2011 04:45 AM

    GDSinPA, folks have offered opinions about where you can find subs, pork sandwiches and cheesesteaks like you are "hoping for", but what are you looking for? Larger sandwiches? Different bread? Higher quality meats? More fat? More spice? Less sloppy? More sloppy? Cheaper? More expensive? My recommendations would be based on how you feel Lenny's and Lee's are lacking. There are many variations on the sandwiches that you mention.

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      GDSinPA Feb 18, 2011 07:16 AM

      That's a fair question EGF - and I agree, there are variations to all these sandwiches and personal taste certainly plays into it.

      My disappointment at Lenny's was that their roast pork was kindof dry, and didn't have greens (I'm partial to broccoli rabe). The Italian hoagie didn't have enough oil and was a bit bland. Lee's had an excellent hoagie with good meat/cheese and fresh veggies and oil. It's just that I've had better is all. I was probably a bit more disapointed in Lenny's than Lee's due to it's favorable reviews on various food related sites.

      In terms of what I like - I do like the standard Italian roll - Conshy bakery makes my favorite. I like hoagies that are on the spicy side with good meats and I'm willing to pay a little more for that. For roast pork, I like it tender and flavorful with greens and some kind of gravy/sauce. It's a new sammich for me because I come from Berks County which does not have as many establishments serving it. For Cheesesteaks - I'm a bit less picky actually - I just like nice tender steak. My fav among those battling it out in the city has always been Delesandro's.

      Hope that helps - I will try some of these recommendations - perhaps as soon as today.

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        Enjoy Good Food Feb 18, 2011 12:22 PM

        Thanks for the clarification about what you are looking for in sandwiches. I humbly suggest that you better direct the making of your sandwiches. For instance, Lenny's doesn't assume you want an extra wet pork sandwich with brocolli rabe but they will give you that if you ask. (I find that slow roasted pork becomes dry in the cooking process, but extra gravy/juice compensates for that. Regarding hoagies, ask for cappicola (Italian spicy ham), extra olive oil, hot/sweet peppers on the sandwich plus oregano, salt and pepper if you want something spicier than typically found. Talluto's and Pudge's make a good hoagie if you direct them according to your preferences. I still like the cheesesteak's at Pina's Pizza Kitchen on Ridge Pike in Roxborough. The meat is so tender and flavorful. The sandwiches are not mammoth but the quality is better than most.....IMHO.

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        Pizza Kitchen
        4351 S Broad St, Trenton, NJ 08620

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      ANT1008 Feb 17, 2011 12:35 PM

      Pudge's definately for cheesesteaks, Lou's or Eve's for zeps, Rib House in Bridgeport has good pork also along with Lenny's and Sessano's.

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        VTRP Feb 18, 2011 09:43 AM

        Just had Lou's for lunch; thought i'd share. This is a medium zep with hots.

         
      2. yummykimmy Feb 16, 2011 06:11 PM

        Talluto's in Norristown has a pretty good hoagie (not a sub) - it's a great little italian market that smells divine....if you were willing to venture out further Sonny's Deli in Limerick is excellent. If you are looking for a more 'sub' par hoagie ( ha ha ha ) try WaWa.

        1. Den Feb 16, 2011 05:30 PM

          If it's within your range, try a cheesesteak hoagie or cheesesteak at Cisco's on Bethlehem Pike in Flourtown.

          Give Fat Daddy's on Plymouth Road in Plymouth Meeting a shot as well.

          I agree with the others about trying zeps. In all the years I've been going to Eve's Lunch, I've never tried Lou's. However, when I do go to Eve's I almost always get a meatball with provolone.

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            Kater Feb 16, 2011 05:24 PM

            The Collegeville Italian Bakery on Ridge Pike has an outstanding roast pork with provolone and broccoli rabe. Also Talutto's has a good one. I like Brother Pauls as a pleasant place to get a drink but their food is pretty awful.

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              VTRP Feb 17, 2011 04:36 AM

              i second the comment that Bro Paul's food is worth skipping.

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                cwdonald Feb 17, 2011 06:35 AM

                Have you ever had the roast pork? It is made fresh daily, and with sharp provolone makes a decent sandwich. It is the only thing I would even consider eating there.

                If you haven't eaten something you shouldnt diss it.

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                  VTRP Feb 17, 2011 11:00 AM

                  I have not had the roast pork there. Have had other things; its just unimpressive. They do have a delicious beer selection. More of a watering hole than an eatery, for me though. Maybe ill give the roast pork a shot next time.

            2. cheesewit Feb 16, 2011 01:13 PM

              Go to Sessano's in Norristown for roast pork. Try the cheesesteaks at Main Street Pizzeria & Grille Eagleville location.

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                VTRP Feb 16, 2011 01:30 PM

                Sessano's roast pork is top notch.
                I'm a Lou's guy over Eve's. Small zep with hots.

                For a bit of a car trip, try the pork at Giovanni's Italian Market ontop of mile hill on Ridge right before Collegeville. Or better yet, get the cutlet, long hots and sharp prov.

                You should definately get familiar with Corrpolease bakery as well.

                And please, Hoagie.

                I also suggest the roast beef sandwich (not a hoagie) at Ye Ole Ale House on Germantown in Lafayette Hill.

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                  knappy123 Feb 16, 2011 04:08 PM

                  must go to Pudge's for cheesesteak. Consistently great, huge. Their hoagies are quite good, too.
                  Primo's on ridge an obvious (chain) choice for hoagies. T'dori's also makes a good sandwich.
                  Phil's tavern is not far away (15 minutes) for a good sitdown lunch. decent cheesesteaks of the massive variety.
                  I love roast pork, but can't think of a better choice than Lennys' in the immediate area. Not the best I ever had, but they used to be quite tasty.

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                    jujuthomas Feb 17, 2011 02:27 AM

                    +1 on Pudges and Phils. Pudges also has a GREAT meatball sub. (OMG.)

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                cwdonald Feb 16, 2011 12:54 PM

                Brother Paul's in Eagleville does an italian pulled pork with roasted peppers and sharp provolone that isnt bad.

                Capone's pork is good.. get some hot peppers on the side (come out of a jar). They dont use sharp provolone. Nice and juicy with some au jus on the side.

                You need to try Zep's at both Eve's and Lou's if you want to eat a local delicacy.

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                  Chefpaulo Feb 16, 2011 01:28 PM

                  A "Zep" is a Norristown institution. Eve's has the original, IMHO. Get there early for lunch, i.e 11:30. There is usually a line out the door toward noon.
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