I hope the past week has brought you many delicious sandwiches at new places for you.
Speaking of new places, every time I visit Philadelphia, I am amazed at the amount of sandwich shops that have sprung up in my absence. It seems that the City of Brotherly Love is embracing the art of sandwiching past just their fantastic cheesesteaks and roast pork sandwiches.
Case in point: going on a suggestion from Visit Philly (thanks btw!) I stopped at a restaurant I had heard about in whispers for awhile: Jake’s Sandwich Board. A few years ago, they had a Ghost Pepper Cheesesteak on the menu which I had wanted to try, but I also did not want my stomach destroyed for a few days on vacation and so passed on it.
This time though, I wasn’t going to be swayed. While I didn’t see the Ghost Pepper sandwich, there were a number of options that seemed incredible, creative, and daring.
Heading there on a frigid night in late December, Jake’s Sandwich Board is a small shop in downtown Philadelphia, a great place to settle in at a table, eat great food, and catch up with friends before heading out to some great bars in that part of town. We headed there one night to catch up with a friend we hadn’t seen in awhile, but during dinner we weren’t able to do a lot of talking because of the food itself.
I eventually settled on the 50/50, which contained half shredded pork (from locally sourced farms), half bacon, Sriracha spread and shredded provolone cheese.
The pork was plentiful, juicy and flavorful. The sriracha spread definitely gave an incredible spice kick, and the provolone was heavily present. Almost so much that it overpowered the sandwich in some areas. I really love provolone, but maybe a little bit less would help accentuate the delicious pork rather than overpower.
The roll held together until the end and was well made. A definite killer sandwich that I would absolutely have again my next time in Philadelphia.
If you’re downtown and looking for a great sandwich stop, I highly suggest you check out Jake’s Sandwich Board. While I had a pork sandwich (and there are others), they also offer options with brisket, turkey and veggies. You will have an excellent selection of options before you there.
Until next week…
**** 1/2 Stars
122 South 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107