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Jun 26, 2013 04:11 PM

Philly hoagies competitive with Atlantic City's White House Subs?

I'm taking my son to Philly from NYC for a day of sandwich gluttony. Our 2 definites are Mama's in Bala Cynwyd for cheesesteaks and Tony Luke's for roast pork w. provolone and broccoli rabe.

I was telling him about White House subs in AC but it's too far to drive in a one day marathon. Where in Philly is your favorite competitive hoagie or sub to White House? I'm guessing there'll be many different opinions...

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  1. Here's a start....but my nephew say Paesano's is the best.

    1. Honestly, I wasn't that impressed with White House vs most of what we have in Philly.

      Here is a short list of places to consider, all of which are not terribly far from Tony Luke's...


      Sarcone's Deli


      1. Second for Paesano's (9th street). Love the "Liveracce" sandwich:

        1. First of all Whitehouse is overrated. The bread is nice, but the quality of their ingredients does not stand up to the best in Philadelphia, and they drown the hoagie in oil.

          Salumeria in Reading Terminal would easily give it a run for its money.

          I would look for any place that uses Sarcones rolls,and has real aged provolone. In the burbs, I am partial to Silvios in Hatboro (make their own rolls) and Pallantes in Richboro.

          And you should try both Johns Roast Pork and DiNics Roast Pork and you will realize Tony Lukes is a shadow of those two.

          1. Everyone is right that Whitehouse subs are a particular style of hoagie that is not really in favor with Philly foodies right now. I agree that that bread is good and the rest is pretty meh. But they do taste good. Most of the favored places are using fancier (better) meats and crustier bread.

            I would have recommended Lee's for a hoagie that is a similar style and is good (but weaker bread), but I think all their city locations have closed and theyre only in a few suburbs now. The one in Abington is good if you are out that way, but really try one of the other places mentioned and I think you will enjoy.

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            1. re: barryg

              There is a Lee's on Rock Hill road about a mile from Mama's. OTOH l am a huge fan of Whitehouse for the bread and even more important there hot pepper spread is my absolute favorite. Can easily settle for less than stellar insides, and they always scoop the bread, always. IMVHO feel the ingredients in Phila hoagies is not too hot anyway, very processed unless you get the dry cured capicola and soppresatte.

              1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                I just recently had a Lee's Italian Cheltenham at the Rock Hill location. Suprisingly, it was a choice for lunch between a Mama's cheese steak or a Lee's Hoagie!! It was my first time having a hoagie from Lee's and wasn't that impressed, especially for the price I paid for it (little under $10). I am somewhat biased though with my Italian hoagies, as I like to go as authentic with the meats as possible (hot capicola, sopressata, prosciutto, etc.) and Lee's were more Americanized. If you want a good Italian hoagie that is the best in the area, go to Pagano's in Drexel Hill (10-15 drive from Mama's)

                Pagano's --

                1. re: paychecktoday

                  The Cheltenham has American meats... you can also order an Italian hoagie with cap, sop and prosciutto. It may depend on location but general they don't carry the premium quality versions of these meats, like a place like Sarcone's does.

                  The "secret sauce" at Lee's has always been their seasoned oil.. elevates an average hoagie on decent bread to something better. But I agree they can't compete with the new-school places with better bread and a better variety of meats.

                  1. re: barryg

                    I do agree, the oil they put on the hoagie was pretty amazing. But my hoagie either had way too much oil, or the roll itself couldnt handle the oil, sweet peppers and hot pepper spread as my sandwich split halfway through the meal. I'd try it again to see if I have different results. Lee's from what I know has had a pretty strong following in the Philly area.