Both of these South Philly places are classic spots where a Chowhound could go crazy eating some wonderful food. Top prize goes out to the roast pork sandwich at Nick's Cafe. This is a delicious wet sandwich served on a round roll. I liked this better than Tony Luke's. Since their sign touts the roast beef, I figured I could have the best of both worlds by ordering the gravy fries. They have a generous portion of gravy and roast beef ladled on top. Outrageous.
At Shank's and Evelyn's I tried the roast beef. It comes with hots and pickles and if you ask, a bowl of gravy. Served on a sub roll, this is a damn good hearty sandwich. The trays of breaded cutlet and eggplant sitting next to those of rabe and griled spnach looked fantastic.
I plan on returning to both.