Behold, the hoagie. (Behoagie?)
There are few foods out there as crowd-and-tummy pleasing as the hoagie. And May 5th is not just Cinco de Mayo – it’s also National Hoagie Day. Margaritas and deli meats all around!
The term “hoagie” came out of eastern Pennsylvania, though there is debate about its official origin. Some said it came out of referring to the shipyard “Hog Island” and it sandwiches. Others maintain it was from the “hokey-pokey men” on the street. And even some say it comes from the Italian “hokie” breadroll.
There’s also a lot of debate about the synonyms of this elogated, overstuffed sandwich. Is it a hero? A sub? A hoagie? (Let us know which term you prefer on Twitter!)
Wherever it came from and whatever you call it, that combination of meat, cheese, and vegetables on an oversized roll just hits the spot (and then some) every time. And if you’re on the east coast, you’re never too far from hoagie greatness:
- Shorty’s Philly Steaks and Sandwiches has a couple locations in NYC, and their Italian hoagie will make you feel like partying ‘cuz it’s your birthday. Go Shorty.
- New York Beer Company in Manhattan has a steak hoagie sandwich, which includes sliced skirt steak tossed with roasted peppers and onions topped with mushroom gravy.
- There’s debate about whether a cheeseteak is a hoagie… but there’s absolutely no debate that Syd’s Serious Sandwich Shop in Brooklyn has one delicious cheeseteak hoagie.
- Philadelphia’s Not Just Pizza is exactly that, including their flounder hoagie for the seafood lover in you.
- In Boston, Beantown Hoagie has a Jewish hoagie with roast beef, corned beef, turkey, and Swiss cheese that reminds us of an oversized, delicious Reuben.
What are your favorite hoagies? (Or do you call them heros? Or subs?) Share them in the comments below!