John’s Pork Roast

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John's Pork Roast

John’s Pork Roast

I definitely wanted to treat my first trip to the Mecca of the cheesesteak, Philadelphia, PA with preparation and reverence.  I had of course heard of all the stories around Pat’s and Geno’s as they are the founding fathers of the cheesesteak religion, but after doing my homework and consulting with some Philly locals, I learned that the best of the best is located right here at John’s Pork Roast.

Local Surroundings

Local Surroundings

The local surroundings just screamed blue-collar comfort food.  Here you have an oil refinery across the street, and on the other side a Lowe’s Home Improvement store.  There was a railroad track running literally through John’s Pork Roast backyard.  As I walked up to the place, they had a small little outdoor dining room surrounded by some plastic walls to keep the cold out.  I saw plumbers, electricians, and guys with mustaches named Gus or Herb enjoying sandwiches so fresh you could see the steam coming off of them.  I was definitely in the right place!

Tasty Kakes - check

Tasty Kakes – check

Of course no Philly cheesesteak place is complete without an assortment of Tastykake products.  Look at this spread!  They had everything!  John’s Pork Roast smelled amazing on the inside.  You basically can order a bottled drink, tastykake, and then a grilled sandwich.  I went with both the roast pork sandwich, as well as a Philly cheesesteak.

Get Ready

Get Ready

I was just going to go with the Philly, but after seeing the big pan of slow marinated pork in the back by the grill, it looked too good to pass up!

John's Pork Roast

John’s Pork Roast

Just a french bun loaded with the special roast pork.  That is all that is needed.  Extremely juicy, but not so much that it leaves the bun a soggy mess, this sandwich was a masterpiece.

Philly Cheesesteak

Philly Cheesesteak

Hungry Yet?  I’m getting hungry again just looking at this sandwich.  Again, they don’t cheat you out on meat or cheese.  They have a little counter next to the grill to fill up on mayo and mustard.  In my opinion though, none is really needed.

For context

For context

Probably the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.  Look at the cross-section of this sandwich!  FULL of all manner of deliciousness.  I was in heaven while eating my sandwich inside my rented Nissan Maxima, eating an awesome sandwich and knocking back some cold Mt. Dew.  Some moments in life, you just have to stop, take your time, and relish.  This was one of them!

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