The line for a cheesesteak sandwich at Philadelphia's famed Geno's Steaks is even longer than the usual 25-minute wait thanks to an influx of attendees of the Democratic National Convention this week. Philly's cheesesteak sandwich may be the most famous food to come out of the City of Brotherly Love, but there are so many more delicious foods to know about. Here are 5 more iconic Philadelphia foods.
Whatever you do, don't call it pizza! Served cold or at room temperature, tomato pie has a thick, chewy and utterly delicious pizza-like crust and is topped with a thick layer of sweet and tangy tomato sauce. It's served without cheese, except maybe a sprinkle of grated Locatelli Pecorino Romano.
Roast Pork Sandwiches
Philly's "other great sandwich" besides the cheesesteak is a hoagie roll filled with juicy hot thinly sliced roast pork, melted Provolone cheese and sauteed broccoli rabe.
Italian bread dough is filled with cheese (like mozzarella) and Italian meats (like salami, capicola and bresaola) or vegetables, then rolled up into a long thick tube and baked until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is gooey and melted.
Philly locals are said to eat 12 times the national average number of soft pretzels a year. The twisted bread is available at street carts throughout the city and a super popular snack throughout Pennsylvania.
Cheesesteak who? The hoagie was declared the official sandwich of Philadelphia in 1992. It's filled with loads of Italian meats, Provolone cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, roasted red peppers, dressed with olive oil and red wine vinegar, and finished with a sprinkle of dried oregano.