As it turns out, the whole purpose of Adam Richman’s sophomore series Best Sandwich in America was not, in fact, merely to indulge in every piled-high lunchtime meal he could find. The purpose was to actually find the Best Sandwich. Like with brackets and a system and stuff! And then to award that eatery with a trophy! (Yes, the Travel Channel actually green-lit this project.)
A roast pork/provolone/broccoli rabe sandwich from the City of Brotherly Love wound up taking the prize, and the winning restaurant actually snuffed its James Beard-awarded Philly competition in an earlier round: DiNic’s in Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market outshone sandwiches from all over the country, including fellow Philly cheesesteak joint John’s Roast Pork. But who needs a James Beard Award when you have the seal of Adam Richman’s approval?
DiNic’s owner Joe Nicolosi isn’t letting Adam’s accolade go to his head, however. He told Eater Philly:
“I have no plans to do anything more than come in and cook at 4 a.m., doing what we always do…Not to sound like an asshole, but I think too much ambition can be a bad thing in this business. I just need one good stand where we do things old school, not 10 of them.”
Welp, mission accomplished, dude.
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