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You're at John's Roast Pork and It's Empty...What do you order?

I was down that way this morning around 10:30. I hadn't had breakfast, so I figured a sandwich would quiet my grumbling tummy and cover lunch as well. I walk in and there is hardly anyone in there. The griddle is empty, so I think "A cheesesteak with no wait!" But then I get a whiff of the pork.

What would you do???

After a few responses, I will reveal my choice...

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  1. Roast pork, all the way.

    1. For me it would depend on how often I can get there. I'm nearby so I would likely take advantage of the empty griddle for the cheesesteak since I usually go with Roast Pork for speed purposes (well, and the deliciousness)

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      1. re: Bigley9

        I actually believe that Johns does an exceptional roast pork, regardless of the wait. I think the variation in cheesessteaks is small. so I would always go with the roast pork. Freshness, rolls.. and no wait.. A roast pork at Johns is a little bit of heaven.

      2. Like Bigley, I also live close to John's. And I also usually take advantage of the empty griddle for a cheesesteak.

        However, it has been a while since I have had a roast pork, so I went for the pork. As I was eating it, I was reminded of what Andrew Zimmern (of Bizarre Foods) said when he was eating both sandwiches. He said that the cheesesteak was one of the best cheesesteaks he has had, but the pork was one of the best SANDWICHES he has ever had.

        And after having had a few Aristas at Paesano's since my last roast pork at John's, I just want to say that I would go for John's if given the choice. Don't get me wrong, I like what they are doing at Paesano's (particularly the Gustaio) but I sometimes think that their sandwiches have one too many ingredients on them. It's like gilding the lily.

        1. I don't understand the dilemma? You order both don't you? One to satisfy breakfast, the other to satisfy lunch!

          1. Just to complicate things, John's makes really good breakfast sandwiches, too.

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            1. re: barryg

              Come on Barry, now there's going to be a three hour wait for a pepper and egg sandwich.

              Thanks...;))