Inflation Where It Hurts — Hoagies, Cheesesteaks, Soft Pretzels

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A cheesesteak on the grill
Image via Tim Tai, Philadelphia Inquirer.
Owner John Bucci Jr. prepares cheesesteak orders on the grill at John's Roast Pork.

Providers and consumers of Philadelphia’s favorite foods are feeling the effects of inflation, writes Joseph DiStefano for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Individual soft pretzels are over a dollar from a previous 75 cents.

At Philly Pretzel Factory in Boothwyn, pretzels that were five for $3.75 in June are now five for $5.25. A worker attributed the increase to the rise in gas prices.

Cheesesteaks that went for $10 could now go between $12 and $15. 

Wawa’s six-inch Shortis are 60 cents more now, costing about $5.

Costs “have risen, in some cases rather dramatically,” said Lori Doyle, a Wawa spokesperson. She said Wawa prices remain “competitive.”

The Thanksgiving turkey? It’ll cost about 10 percent more than last year.

“I’m a wreck,” because of inflation, said John Bucci, owner of John’s Roast Pork in South Philly. He raised his base sandwich to $12 on Thursday, up from $9.75.

Roast pork was 89 cents a pound pre-pandemic. Now it’s $1.89.

The past has seen a cyclic spike in meat prices. Now, it’s everything — wrappers, ketchup, cleaning detergent.

Manufacturers have seen a rise in the price of ingredients, packaging, and transportation, which gets passed on to the merchants.

Read more in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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