Eating healthy is great, especially when you’re training for a marathon or just trying to improve your all-around well-being, but there comes a time that you need a sandwich that’s big and amazing.
When one of those days hits you, Philly Originals in Beaver is just about the best place to go. From the traditional Philly Cheesesteak to more unique hoagies like tuna and even an all-cheese hoagie, there’s a sub for every taste at Philly O’s.
By definition, a Philly Cheesesteak is a long, crusty roll filled with thinly sliced steak and melted cheese. At Philly Originals, their Philadelphia Cheesesteak comes with grilled sirloin steak covered with provolone cheese. You can take it as-is, or you can add on grilled onions, mushrooms, and green peppers, which you should definitely do.
If Philly O’s only sold this sandwich and French fries, it would still be an amazing place to get a hoagie, but there’s a lot more to eat here than just steak.
If chicken is more your thing, you can get the same sandwich but with chicken instead of steak. How about a cheesesteak with pizza sauce? Done. Ham and egg hoagie with American and provolone cheese? You got it. Steak and egg sandwich for a late lunch? Most definitely.
The menu at Philly Originals features 20 sandwiches, proudly displayed in their “Bill of Sandwiches.” While most of these hoagies contain beef, ham, or chicken, the non-meat eaters out there can still enjoy a few different sandwiches here, too. In Beaver County, having more than one option for a vegetarian or pescetarian is a really big deal, and Philly Originals delivers on that.
My personal favorite sandwich on the menu is the Tuna Hoagie (pictured above). It’s on the same amazing crusty bread as the cheesesteak, but includes their special blend of albacore tuna salad covered with American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and their house Italian dressing. It’s a huge sandwich that’s hard to eat in one sitting. If you like tuna, this is the sandwich you need to try.
For the vegetarians out there, you can pick between the roasted red pepper hoagie, vegetarian hoagie, and the cheese hoagie. The vegetarian comes in two forms. Un-grilled, you get cream cheese, sunflower seeds, guacamole, raisins, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, and their house dressing. The grilled version comes with the standard grilled veggies covered in provolone cheese.
Even More Food
There’s more than just hoagies at Philly Originals, too. Their steak and chicken salads are some of the best around, both coming with red skin potatoes, shredded cabbage, and toast.
You’ll also find a variety of sides at the shop, too. Smaller ½-pound containers of potato or macaroni salad can be added on, as well as coleslaw. You can get the roasted red peppers found on their sandwiches on the side in a bowl, as well as the red skin potatoes from the salads on the side, too.
The most important food that’s not a sandwich here is definitely the fries. When talking about my favorite fries in Beaver County, Philly Originals is near the top of the list. They’re crispy, slightly spiced, and nice and thick. Add a side of these onto your order, or go all-out and get an order of cheese fries with your sandwich.
When you go to Philly Originals, don’t expect your visit to be like any other sandwich shop. First, if you’re eating in, you place your order and have a seat. Your order number is called out when your food is ready, and you go pick it up. You don’t pay until you’re done, and any sides you want from the cooler out front, you just grab and tell them at the end.
This is pretty off-putting when you first visit Philly O’s, but now that you know, you’ll look like a pro for your first order.
If you’re getting a to-go order, the same rules apply. You place your order and hang out until it’s ready. When it’s all packed up, you pay and go. This is pretty different from any other sandwich shop I’ve ever been to, but it speaks to the uniqueness of the shop itself.
Instead of the typical Pepsi, Coke, or iced tea with your sandwich, Philly O’s offers a few varieties of Hank’s Gourmet Sodas. You haven’t lived until you’ve tried Hank’s Root beer or Vanilla Cream Soda. Easily the best ever made. You’ll also find your typical drinks in the cooler too, but it’s no contest when offered a Hank’s.
Also in the customer-facing cooler, are munchies like chocolate covered pretzels, Oreos, and even chocolate-covered Twinkies! You’ll also find a semi-translucent white jar in the cooler with some pretty great pickles in it, too. Just don’t reach in with your hands, ok?
Philly Originals offers food for parties, too. You can order hoagie rings as well as chicken salad for 10 or more people, just call ahead to place an order.
Philly Originals is open 11 AM to 8 PM Monday through Saturday and closed on Sundays. If you’re placing a large order in Beaver, they’ll deliver too. The order has to be a minimum of $30, and has to be within 2 miles of the shop, so this is a Beaver resident service only.
All in all, Philly Originals is my favorite sandwich shop around. Their prices are reasonable, their food is always spot-on, and I just can’t get enough of their fries. While there are quite a few sandwich shops out there, Philly O’s is unique and consistently good.
- Monday-Saturday – 11 Am to 8 PM
- Sunday – Closed
- 400 3rd Street Beaver, PA 15009