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2018/11/12 15:14:02 (permalink)

Another Nick's Roast Beef or You Call That Gravy?

I know there is a Nick's Roast Beef in Massachusetts that's reviewed on this site, but Philadelphia also has its own Nick's that specializes in Roast Beef sandwiches. Here is the review from the late Holly's site:  http://www.hollyeats.com/NicksRoastBeef.htm
 
The original location, the one reviewed by Holly, is in South Philadelphia. There are a couple other Nick's Roast Beefs in the Philly area with no relations to the original (like Ray's Pizza in NYC), but the original South Philly spot does have a couple of suburban branches and one is fairly close to where I live. My wife and I went there for dinner Saturday night.
 
It's basically a bar with a small dining room up front, which is where we sat. The menu is very limited, but what they serve is good.


I had the roast beef sandwich combo, which just means with sharp provolone. My wife had roast pork with broccoli rabe, but no cheese.

That's not the best photo of the roast beef above, but it was an outstanding sandwich and there was plenty of meat on there even though it doesn't look that way. In fact, we were both extremely stuffed when we walked out of there.
And my wife's pork:

 
However, the real reason I decided to report on this meal was our side dish: fries with gravy.  My wife asked me if I wanted to split an order. I said I would if we could get the gravy on the side. I don't like gravy on my fries but figured I'd pour a little on my sandwich and let me wife use the rest for her fries. When I ordered, the server asked if we wanted beef or pork gravy and I asked for beef.
When the fries and gravy were placed in front of us, we were both amazed by what we were looking at. This was not like any other gravy we had ever seen. In fact, I'll just say it's wrong to call it gravy. It was more like a condensed ragout of minced, braised roast beef in highly flavorful juice. I didn't put any on my fries, but I couldn't stop eating it by the fork-full.

The fries were also fantastic on their own; probably some of the best fries I've had in a long time (very crispy; the way I like them).
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Re: Another Nick's Roast Beef or You Call That Gravy? 2018/11/12 15:26:51 (permalink)
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There are a couple other Nick's Roast Beefs in the Philly area with no relations to the original

So are you saying that there might be more than 1 guy named Nick in Philadelphia?
 
Those sandwiches look really good and I can tell that the pork wasn't dry, which is my biggest concern when ordering pork in a restaurant.  The beer suggestion on the menu, however, could stand an upgrade.
 
You could've ordered a roll and made a third sandwich out of the gravy!
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Re: Another Nick's Roast Beef or You Call That Gravy? 2018/11/12 15:30:02 (permalink)
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 You could've ordered a roll and made a third sandwich out of the gravy!



 
That's a good point. I'll keep it in mind next time. Or I could take out the leftover minced meat and get a good roll to eat it at home.
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Re: Another Nick's Roast Beef or You Call That Gravy? 2018/11/12 17:49:43 (permalink)
Excellent report! I didn't see anything in your pics that I wouldn't eat. That pork sandwich looks so awesome! And that "gravy"? Oh, man! I think, having seen these pics that I'd have to try the pork gravy, too. Maybe an order of each.
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Re: Another Nick's Roast Beef or You Call That Gravy? 2018/11/12 20:25:57 (permalink)
Yeah. I'm assuming the pork gravy is similar, but with pork. I'll have to check it out some time.
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Re: Another Nick's Roast Beef or You Call That Gravy? 2018/11/13 06:10:53 (permalink)
The gravy fries are the best thing ast Nick's- even better than the very good Roast Beef. And yes, the beefy gravy with pieces of beef throughout is good enough to eat on its own
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Re: Another Nick's Roast Beef or You Call That Gravy? 2018/11/13 07:49:21 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby harriet1954 2018/11/14 16:29:24
That's are great looking sandwiches!  No city makes better sandwiches than Philadelphia.
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Re: Another Nick's Roast Beef or You Call That Gravy? 2018/11/13 08:21:42 (permalink)
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No city makes better sandwiches than Philadelphia.

Perhaps the proper treatment of french fries as a side dish has something to do with that.
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Re: Another Nick's Roast Beef or You Call That Gravy? 2018/11/13 09:13:14 (permalink)
Looks good - everything - but especially that gravy.  
 
There's a Cajun place here that does something similar - their roast beef gravy and debris that they serve in a po'boy ladled over shoestring potatoes.  Then they add a queso sauce.  Ruins the otherwise great fries.  I tried it just once and left a big pile of the soggy fries on the plate.
 
Gravy on the side is definitely better (as it is for CFS).
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Re: Another Nick's Roast Beef or You Call That Gravy? 2018/11/13 11:09:54 (permalink)
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No city makes better sandwiches than Philadelphia.

Perhaps the proper treatment of french fries as a side dish has something to do with that.


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Re: Another Nick's Roast Beef or You Call That Gravy? 2018/11/13 11:57:53 (permalink)
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No city makes better sandwiches than Philadelphia.

Perhaps the proper treatment of french fries as a side dish has something to do with that.


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As I am frowned upon as a resolute "fries & slaw on the side, please" for my capicola, provolone, & egg @ Primanti's, I must say that SC is spot on.  After all, I'm sitting down with an IC Light, not hopping imto a delivery truck!
 
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I have to agree; what NYC is to pizza, Philly is to sandwiches.
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Re: Another Nick's Roast Beef or You Call That Gravy? 2018/11/13 12:17:52 (permalink)
I agree that we do long-roll sandwiches the best here, although the sandwiches at Nick's were on a round roll.
 
And I couldn't let go of that roast beef feeling, so I stopped by the stand at the new local food hall I've been posting about in recent weeks and picked up a hot roast beef sandwich with provolone for lunch today.
 

I'm not sure I can say which is better between the two roast beef sandwiches. They're both very good.
 
 
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Re: Another Nick's Roast Beef or You Call That Gravy? 2018/11/13 14:06:49 (permalink)
Looking amazing!
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Re: Another Nick's Roast Beef or You Call That Gravy? 2018/11/14 16:28:32 (permalink)
From what I understand, the one in Springfield, Delaware County, is related to the one in South Philly. And it's great. I've been to all of them. The one in the Northeast on Cottman Avenue would be the least favorite of all three, but I do have sentimental ties to the one in the Northeast.
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Re: Another Nick's Roast Beef or You Call That Gravy? 2018/11/14 17:06:47 (permalink)
The one in the Northeast and also the one on 2nd Street in Old City are not related to the original location in South Philly. The Springfield location used to be the only other branch of the original, but they opened another in West Chester I believe.
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Re: Another Nick's Roast Beef or You Call That Gravy? 2018/11/16 15:40:26 (permalink)
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The one in the Northeast and also the one on 2nd Street in Old City are not related to the original location in South Philly. The Springfield location used to be the only other branch of the original, but they opened another in West Chester I believe.




Oh I knew that. I forgot all about the one on 2nd St. I rarely go to Philly these days - when we do, we hang around 13th St mostly.
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Re: Another Nick's Roast Beef or You Call That Gravy? 2018/11/16 16:14:37 (permalink)
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picked up a hot roast beef sandwich with provolone for lunch today.
 

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Where is the provolone?
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Re: Another Nick's Roast Beef or You Call That Gravy? 2018/11/16 17:10:54 (permalink)
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Where is the provolone?



They put it on the roll first, then put the hot meat on top of it. That melted the cheese. There wasn't nearly as much cheese as on the sandwich from Nick's, but it was on there. And I'm not sure having more cheese would have made the sandwich any better, at least as far as my preference goes.
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