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National Hoagie Day

Quote for Today: Too few people understand a really good sandwich. James Beard

Today’s National Food Holiday is “National Hoagie Day.” The name hoagie for a sandwich has its roots in Philadelphia. Elsewhere in the United States, pretty much the same size sandwich with various types of bread and fillings have many different names. How the name “hoagie” got attached to a sandwich in Philadelphia has multiple versions.

One story claims that Italians working at the World I shipyard in Philadelphia, known as “Hog’s Island,” introduced the sandwich by putting various meats, cheeses, and lettuce between two slices of bread. In different parts of the City, other names for this sandwich included the Hoggie, Hog Island, Hokie, Hogan, Honkie, Hoogie, and Hooky. However, by 1955, restaurants throughout the district were using the term “Hoagie” with many of them selling them with pizza. Here are some places to get this sandwich and their regional counterparts.Sandwich Board, Restaurant Reviews, Roadtrips R Us

1) The Hero Sandwich: Our Hero’s at 785 Bergen Ave Jersey City, NJ is the go-to place for juicy sandwiches served on buttery pieces of bread. You can’t go wrong with any of the selections at this Mom and Pop sandwich shop. Note: bring cash!  

The Hog

The Hog

2) The Submarine Sandwich: The “Sub” is a widespread name that does not claim any specific region of the U.S. and is considered the generic term for the hoagie style sandwich. Soda & Swine Restaurant in San Diego serves their version of America’s Classic Meatball Sub. First, you choose from five different meatballs that include pork, chicken, beef and a veggie made with Quinoa, Pesto, and Feta. Their Hog Sub featuring Chorizo, Brisket and Pork Butt with Chipotle BBQ Sauce sounds like a winner.

Judge Bosetta Hoagie

Judge Bosetta Hoagie

3) The Po’Boy Sandwich: A staple in New Orleans that is also known as the “Peacemaker.” Men would bring these sandwiches home after a late night with the boys for their better halves in order to stay out of the doghouse. Johnny’s is the oldest family owned Po’Boy shop in the French Quarter. This place serves forty-five different types of Po’Boys on French Bread that is delivered fresh every day. Along with the traditional shrimp, oyster, and crawfish versions, they also serve the “Judge Bosetta” filled with ground beef, Italian and hot sausage with Swiss Cheese.

4) The Grinder: The name given to the Po’Boy when it migrated North to New England. The name refers to a long sandwich that takes a lot of chewing or (grinding) to eat. Nardelli’s Grinder Shoppe with nine locations has been serving them up since 1922.  The Prosciutto Hot Pepper Chicken or the Baked Stuffed Pastrami will hit the spot.

Special k

Special k

5) The Hoagie: Koch’s Deli in West Philadelphia is the place to go. You might have to wait half an hour for a sandwich but it is worth it. The Special K Hoagie with Pastrami, corn beef, Kosher Salami, Swiss Cheese and Russian Dressing all topped with Potato Salad will give any of these aforementioned sandwiches a run for their money.

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