My Turn at Nick’s Old Original Roast Beef

A while back my friend Zoe from Row Home Eats shared with us  the serious roast beef situation down over at Nick’s Old Original. When I was looking to give an out of town friend a real South Philly experience, Nick’s popped in to my head and I was excited to have a reason to finally get over there. While Zoe got take out, I sat down in the room beyond the bar for the full experience, equipped with middle age waitresses with South Philly accents who were able to pay attention both to us and the game on tv.

Gravy fries and Yuengling, a more perfect Philly pair doesn’t exist. There are gravy fries and then there are these; not  soggy fries and gravy with a few meat flecks but sturdy, crispy  fries completely covered by a beef blanket. The famous roast beef had a robust meaty flavor and did not let us down.

I’d probably add cheese next time to make it even better/ less kosher.

The other thing to get is the roast beef sandwich (the combo, meaning with cheese). The same slowly cooked, moist beef is sliced into a thick sandwich. Another fine way to enjoy the namesake product.  And in case you care about their weight of your meal, this sandwich contains 1/4 pound of meat. Horseradish is ready for you on the side.

Nick’s has been around since 1938 and they obviously know what they are doing.

THE + (What somebody who likes this place would say)

  • Quality gravy fries
  • An authentic South Philly experience

THE – (What somebody who doesn’t like this place would say)

  • If you don’t love beer and meat, you won’t have much to do here

Nick’s Old Original Roast Beef, 2149 S. 20th Street, 215-463-4114


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    I would fight anyone in order to get some Nick’s for lunch today. Did you order your sandwich on the outs? If not, try it next time.

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