Nick's Roast Beef is the kind of place worth taking out of town folks to demonstrate just how cool Philly is. This South Philly dive bar has been open since 1938. I love that! Inside the narrow space is an equally streamlined menu: a few sandwiches and fries with Miller or Coors on draft to wash it down. Yuengling is available too but....
The namesake thinly sliced roast beef is a messy delight, served quickly by the bartender or a waitress if you make your way to the back. The "combo" comes with cheese for just under $8. Don't neglect the horseradish sauce.
Roast pork is another option, a decent sandwich but no where near as good as DiNic's or John's.
The thing that Nick's really does best is the gravy fries. Crispy and drowned in a dark,salty beef gravy with shredded beef on top, these are the best $4 fries in town.
Old Original Nick's Roast Beef, 20th and Jackson