When it comes to Philadelphia street food, the cheesesteak is King and the roast pork sandwich is Queen. I was born and raised in Philly and have eaten my fair share of both of these belly busting sandwiches, some at 3am after being out dancing all night!
There have been many debates about the best place to get one of these sandwiches. As far as I’m concerned, the best roast pork is from, DiNic’s.
DiNic’s is a concession stand in The Reading Terminal, which is an indoor market in the center of Philadelphia. There are stalls that sell fresh vegetables and meats, mostly from the Pennsylvania Amish farmers. There are however, concession stands that sell some great food, like DiNic’s. Tommy DiNic’s has been in the Terminal since 1980, but has a long history in the food business. He specializes in classic Italian sandwiches, his roast pork being the most popular. This sandwich was even called “The best in America.”
recently came upon Tommy DiNic’s Roast Pork recipe on Saveur.com. There was no way in hell that I was going to let this go. Two days later, I had a pork shoulder roasting in the oven. I knew of course, it wouldn’t taste exact, but we were not disappointed..at all!!! It was full of flavor, both the roast and it’s sauce. It’s first rubbed with garlic, fennel seeds, red seed pepper, thyme and parsley then roasted for about 40 minutes. I then put red wine, beef broth, onions and crushed tomatoes in the pan and roasted it for about 2 hours more. The meat was tender and juicy and the sauce was flavorful and addicting.
The way DiNic’s serves the sandwich, is by putting sliced pork on a long soft roll, topped with broccoli rabe and hot peppers, then ladled with the pan juices. It’s a spicy, garlicy, dripping mess of pure deliciousness. I’m getting hungry just writing this post!!
I think the Queen of sandwiches is about to over throw the King. At least in my eyes or shall I say, my tummy!
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