Philly has myriad food options, but we'll always be a blue-collar hoagie city first. If you were, for some reason, seeking hoagie options other than Wawa, look for delis where meats are sliced to order and the fresh-baked rolls have a seeded crust.
My current champ is Pastificio Deli (1528 Packer Ave.), where imported meats are carefully layered with sharp provolone and just the right amount of shredded veggies for a zesty signature with balance and bite.
At Sarcone’s Deli (734 S. Ninth St.), I’m partial to the “Sinatra,” with fresh mozz, provolone, roasted garlic, and balsamic.
At Dattilo's Italian Delicatessen (8000 Horrocks St.), the "Main Event" is decked with marinated artichokes and sweet roasted peppers.
DeNofa's Italian Deli (6944-46 Torresdale Ave.) includes bruschetta, olive spread, two kinds of provolone, and a special dressing on its "Old World."
And Robert Lachowicz Quality Foods (2582 Orthodox St.) has a stellar "Polish hoagie" sparked with horseradish-cheese and pickles.
Got a favorite hoagie place we should try? Leave it in the comments.