Since its humble south Philadelphia beginnings in the 1990s, PrimoHoagies has quickly expanded throughout the region and garnered several awards on the strength of its cold-cut sandwiches, made with Thumann's brand of gourmet meats and cheeses. The shop's robust menu features dozens of specialty hoagies, many of which were created in-house rather than underwater, as is the industry norm. Sharp Italian hoagies teem with prosciutto and genoa salami, and pork Diablo hoagies marry Thumann's homestyle roasted pork with a blend of piquant spices.
Hearty helpings abound at Pirone's, where chefs construct a sizeable menu of steaks, seafood, pizzas, and other traditional Italian specialties. As the dinner curtain rises, feast your eyes and your lips upon an opening number of fried calamari ($11) or mussels marinara ($10) before moving on to sing the praises of a tender, boneless chicken cacciatore ($17) backed by peppers and onions, and simmering in a marinara mushroom sauce. Waiters cart plates of meat- or cheese-tortellini alfredo ($16), chosen from among more than 22 pasta picks that range from traditional spaghetti with meatballs ($22) to an eggplant-topped baked ziti ($16). Meal-goers can appease meaty appetites with a mushroom-infused veal marsala ($19) or a thick-cut steak à la Pirone ($21) topped with mushrooms, provolone, shrimp, sherry sauce, and a miniature model of the restaurant, and those who prefer sliceable sustenance can snack on a sliver of spinach-and-ricotta pizza ($8–$17) or divide a mini calzone ($7) into five mini-er calzones.
Bobby D's executive chef Ron Littig wields more than 20 years of industry experience to carefully craft a menu of American classics in a kitchen that stays open until the wee hours. Diners cast tongue nets toward appetizers such as a mug of Dockside chowder, brimming with clams, scallops, potatoes, and bacon ($5.50). Mac 'n' cheese, cornbread, or no-nonsense cops form unlikely partnerships with handheld fare including the Dallas burger, which flaunts certified Angus beef, chili, and monterey jack cheese ($8.99), or the cheesesteak sandwich with american, provolone, or swiss cheese ($8.99). In the barbecue arena, pitmasters dapple meats in house dry rubs and sauces before slow-smoking them over hickory and apple woods to build dishes such as the pulled-pork platter ($11.99), which, like Dr. Jekyll's mirror, offers a choice of two sides.
Beginning with rolls baked fresh daily, the namesake sandwiches at 537 Subs tantalize taste buds with fixings such as chicken parmesan, oven-roasted roast beef, and housemade falafel. The latter pairs especially well with the shop's housemade hummus, which sandwich makers can add to any order. 537's menu also includes salads and wraps such as the chicken caesar, though these, too, can be converted into subs. For customers eager to create their own sandwiches by hand, 537 sells Boar's Head cold cuts and cheese by the pound.
Situated on the water, Robin's Nest Restaurant's unmistakable, bright exterior seems to always sing of spring. Inside, the interior is reminiscent of a beautiful, quaint home, setting diners at ease during brunch, lunch, dinner, or just cocktails. An eclectic dinner menu is marked by the distinct influence of French cuisine, evident in dishes such as traditional crocks of french onion soup, truffled fries with shaved parmesan, and portobello napoleon with rice pilaf.
In 1957, while in the twilight of their careers as Baltimore Colts in the burgeoning NFL, Alan Ameche and Captain Gino Marchetti opened up the first Gino's with their pal, Louis C. Fischer. In the mid-1960s, Tom Romano joined the company and eventually rose to the position of chief operating officer. Through the years, the crew helped innovate the restaurant industry, especially with the Gino's Giant burger in 1966, whose triple-decker design arguably went on to inspire the multipatty burgers of other national fast-food chains. Ahead of their time, the team later cobranded with Kentucky Fried Chicken to bolster their menu and widen their appeal to the public before Gino's was acquired by the Roy Rogers brand in 1982, leaving many nostalgic for one of the fast-food industry's originals. It wasn't until 2009, when Tom called up Gino to pose the idea of bringing Gino's back, that fans of the eatery could begin to quell their well-documented nostalgia in anticipation of enjoying Gino’s special recipes once again. Today, the menu boasts off-the-grill burgers, more than 100 flavors of real ice-cream shakes, and the return of the Gino's Giant, slathered in a secret sauce that was kept secret all these years by hiding it inside a modern-day football.