Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Johnny's Hots

1234 North Delaware Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 423-2280

Johnny's Hots stands out like a red beacon on North Delaware Ave, across from Penn Treaty Park. Famous for its greasy breakfast, hot sausages, and Philly surf and turf (a hotdog and fishcake combo), they are decidedly not a health food spot.

The menu is pretty basic, they offer the above mentioned items, plus cheesesteaks and a few other old school staples.

I was originally planning on the hot sausage-fishcake combo, but something went awry in the ordering process and I ended up with the hot dog-fishcake-fishcake combo.

This sandwich comes with split, grilled dogs, fried fishcakes, and pepper hash, a Philly tradition. It is pretty decent, but unfortunately does not stand up to my new favorite, over at Hot Diggity. It is nice to see the traditional surf and turf kept alive, but it lacked some of the finesse of my reigning favorite. A lot of bread and it was tough to include all of the components in most bites.

I also tried the bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich. Served on a kaiser roll, this was a hearty breakfast.

The bacon was plentiful, crispy, and delicious. The eggs were good, and the cheese was prevalent. I added hot peppers and hot sauce, as I love the pickled, spicy flavor in conjunction with eggs and salty bacon. This was a pretty good breakfast sandwich, and will most likely hold you over for a late lunch.

I like this place because it's a tradition, but it's definitely not my favorite place to eat. I have yet to try their hot sausage and cheesesteak, which will give me a more accurate view of my overall opinion.


hawk krall said...

The combo there is much better with the sausage - it makes more sense with all the bread. Also they have some of the best fish cakes (other than HD of course).

Their cheesesteaks are actually really really good, I think they use a different cut of beef, Prime Top Round according to the Great Philly Cheesesteak Book.

Kevin said...

The combo with the hot sausage is one of my favorite sandwiches in the city!