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Posted by Jim M on 03/01/2014
My sandwiches had plenty of bread showing. The meat itself was lacking in taste, almost without flavor. My first time here was very good. Today was my second time and I was very disappointed. Food Quality - not enough taste, almost bland so its a lower score 2.5 Atmosphere - what atmosphere? It is an "order and get out" system at John's. Score is 2.0 Value - for $9.18 a sandwich, much more has to be provided when the cheesesteak price is the same as a pizza. 2.0 seems generous. Service: they are experienced at their operation. I'll give them a solid 3.0 for service.
Posted by Geo on 07/02/2011
The last review is a joke. This place dominates the scene. The only competition to Dellassandro's that I've tasted in the city. They pack on the meat for a huge meal, it's cheap, the service is quick, and the side of the road shack atmosphere is a perfect south Philly fit. You can't go wrong whether youre munching down a huge breakfast sandwich, crushing a roast pork sandwich or the cheesesteaks.
Posted by Daniela M. on 08/09/2010
I had really high hopes for the cheese steak and the pork sandwich after reading Craig LaBan's review a few years ago. Split a cheesesteak with fried onions and a roast pork with sharp provolone and hot peppers. Overall, both were better than your average steak joint. But, the roll was chewy and soft. The meat was flavorful, but I suspect overly spiced with meat tenderizer. They used crappy yellow hot peppers on the pork. All in all, John's Roast Pork can't hold a candle to the perfection of a DiBruno Brother's Roast pork - DiBruno's hooks you up with a crusty Sarcone's-esque roll (not sure if it's Sarcone's or not), the pork is amazingly tender and perfectly spiced, and you get nice spicey red peppadew peppers (or your choice of long hots, or roasted reds). DiBruno's also stuffs your sandwich much more than John's. Basically, John's beats Genos, Pats or any of the other tourist traps. But DiBrunos wins on Pork.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/23/2007
Best cheese steak in Philly, ergo, the World. Not marketed to tourists. Not for people who might be turned off by its informal, authentic atmosphere. This is the quintisential, real cheesesteak place (great pork and other sandwiches too). For locals and visitors who are looking for authentic and delicious, not touristy and homogenous.
Posted by Steak Sandwich-o-holic on 10/13/2007
This is one of the two best steak and chicken steak sandwich shops in town. Other sandwiches, like roast pork is also lauded. Cutlets rank up there with Tony Lukes. This is one of the places to gauge a quality sub!
Posted by chaz on 09/05/2007
Good food but what a pig sty.