|Long lines on the weekend|
|A Pennsylvania Dutch Farmers Stand|
|Roast pork with provolone and roasted peppers|
We wandered around the expansive market for a while before finally spotting the DiNic’s sign looming over the crowds. There was a long line wrapping around their stand, which is always a good sign. We had ample time in line to contemplate our order and solicit input from people sitting at the counter. We decided to split one of the huge roast pork sandwiches (people were leaving with half of their sandwich wrapped) and add sharp provolone and roasted sweet peppers as toppings.
When we were half way through the line, we lucked out and scored two seats at the counter and quickly put our order in.The only thing worse than being hungry is standing in line hungry and watching people eat what you are waiting in line for.
The sandwich was phenomenal. The hand carved meat was an amaizing combination of flavor, tenderness, warmth, and juiciness. The roll had the optimal ratio of outer crunch and inner softness which is pretty typical of Philadelphia rolls (I wish I could say the same for DC rolls). The provolone complemented the pork very well and the peppers added another dimension to the taste and texture. It was refreshing to eat a sandwich in Philadelphia that was devoid of grease and cheese wiz. The pork sandwich tasted fresh and had the deep rich flavor and subtile nuances to set it apart from any sandwich that I have had in recent memory.
I love cheesesteaks as much as anyone in the Philadelphia area, but judged purely on sandwich quality I'd take a DiNic's every time. But next time I visit, I will not be splitting my sandwich.