At Sessano, proprietor Santino Ciccaglione layers savory meat and cheese atop fresh bread to create a menu of hearty cheesesteaks, hoagies, hot-pressed paninis, and wraps. Sessano’s award-winning, roast pork sandwich ($6.95) helms an impressive fleet of hefty eats, from beefy sirloin cheesesteaks ($6.95) to zeps ($5.50) that fly into mouths at cruising altitude. Dinner parties, potlucks, and sandwich-scarfing contests can provision themselves with the catering menu’s 20-serving trays, replete with six types of hoagie or wraps filled with chicken caesar, chicken tender, or caprese fillings.
At Aman's Indian Cuisine, traditional spices, herbs, and vegetables transport tongues to the other side of the globe with Indian classic vegetarian and omnivorous menus. Saag paneer's glaciers of house-made cheese bob through creamed-spinach waters rippling with mild spices ($10.95), and ginger and garlic greet taste buds making contact with tadka dal's yellow lentils ($9.95). After it's puréed, baingan bharta's grilled eggplant mixes with a spice-adorned combination of tomatoes, onions, and peas ($10.95) as skillfully as two mischievous children in one white suit mix in with a crowd of departing astronauts.
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.
The cooks at Zen Asian Bistro & Bar please palates of all types by uniting classic and contemporary dishes on an expansive menu of Asian cuisine. Appetizers awaken taste buds with clamorous crunches from pork, shrimp, or veggie spring rolls ($1.75) or splashes of wonton soup ($2.25 for small; $4.25 for large). Piquant flavors abound on spicy dishes such as the general tsao's chicken or tofu ($11.95) or scallops and shrimp ($16.95) with nature's natural perfume: garlic sauce. Along with traditional plates, the eatery also yields meals with a modern take including beer-seared beef ($15.95) and shredded chicken with nutritious black fungus ($12.95). For midday feasting, diners can choose the create-your-own lunch ($7.25+) and select three types of vegetables, one type of meat, various sauces, and as many spices as desired or required to look more like a chili pepper.
Wild Rice Pan-Asian Restaurant's menu items hail from Japan, Thailand, China, and Korea. Inside the modern, red-walled eatery, sushi masters stuff their hand-rolled sushi with fresh fish and hearty sauces. Kitchen staffers and indentured dragons, meanwhile, prepare traditional korean braised ribs with kim chi, chinese stir-fries, and thai curries.
Christine's Family Restaurant adorns tabletops with hearty helpings of classic American comfort fare from dawn until dusk. Diners stuff yawning mouths and yodeling stomachs with sound-muffling bites of breakfast sandwiches including the Super Melt ($7.50), which piles two slices of sourdough with ham, american cheese, and two farm-fresh eggs and pairs it with a side of home fries. Or set your own schedule for early morning delights with an anytime breakfast special such as corned-beef-hash casserole topped with two eggs any style ($8.50) or a syrupy stack of griddle-fresh pancakes topped with fresh blueberries or chocolate chips ($6.50). The distant peal of a dinner bell signals supper eaters to sample Christine's oceanic fare such as a broiled or fried crab cake served with soup or salad and a side such as mashed potatoes with gravy ($13.95), and stuffed pork chops ($8.95) and new york strip steaks feed the feasting needs of hungry carnivores and traveling steak-knife salesmen. Christine's also fills hungry bellies and idle hands with an assortment of wraps, sandwiches, and triple-decker clubs ($3.95–$7.95), and a kids' menu serves up pint-size portions of everything from roast turkey ($4.95) to eggs with bacon or sausage ($4.95).