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Philadelphia Hoagies Page: News, Reviews, History

Philadelphia Hoagies Page: News, Reviews, History

Here's a page for lovers of the hoagie, one of Philadelphia's signature sandwiches. Or should we say, a whole category of savory choices -- everything from the classic Italian to turkey, tuna and roast beef hoagies? This page has many choices, too, from news and reviews to photographs, polls and history.

Here's a page for lovers of the hoagie, one of Philadelphia's signature sandwiches. Or should we say, a whole category of savory choices -- everything from the classic Italian to turkey, tuna and roast beef hoagies? This page has many choices, too, from news and reviews to photographs, polls and history.
Hoagie News & Views
Paesano´s staffers celebrate the victory.
Paesano's staffers celebrate the victory.

Would a chef and bevy of broadcasters, including three former pro athletes, agree with the radio host who sampled dozens of hoagies?

 

8 GREAT HOAGIE PLACES

Paesano’s Winner, WIP’s Italian Hoagie Hunt
Sarcone’s Deli Best in South Philly 2008, per Philadelphia Magazine
Primo Hoagies WIP’s Listeners’ Choice Award
Lombardi’s Italian Inferno a favorite of Inquirer's Craig LaBan
Chickie’s Excellent specialty hoagies. “Best veggie, for sure,” LaBan says
Carlino’s Best in the burbs (Hoagie Hunt)
Carmen’s Deli: South Jersey’s best (Philly Mag)
White House Sub Shop Shore’s best (LaBan)

What's the History of the Hoagie?
Did the Hog Island shipyard lend its name to the hoagie?
Did the Hog Island shipyard lend its name to the hoagie?

The biography of the hoagie may have more versions than hoagies have ingredients.

Was the name derived from the Hog Island shipyard? An Irishman named Hogan? The "hobo" sandwich? The expression "on the hoke"? 

Or the notion you'd have to be a hog to eat so big a sandwich?

Controversies in Hoagie History
Seeds on a Sarcone´s hoagie roll.

Has a Philadelphia classic been redefined? Before the 1980s, old-timers and bakers agree, if you ordered an Italian hoagie  you got a plain roll. No sesame seeds. What planted the seed of change?

Courthouse X-ray shows hoagie, soda.
Courthouse X-ray shows hoagie, soda.

"Hoagiegate" made headlines in 2003. The furor was over the right of fans to bring food into the new stadium. After much ado about hoagies, the Eagles dropped the ban.

 
Fans Win Food Fight With the Eagles
 
Phil Sheridan: Hoagie controversy could only happen here
Slices of Opinion
What's the most important part of a hoagie?
The roll
The meats
The cheese
The lettuce, tomato and onions
The oil and the spices
Which is the bigger Philly food faux pas?
Swiss cheese on a cheesesteak
Mayo on an Italian hoagie
Both are unthinkable!
Who cares? Phooey on the food police.
What's the most important part of a hoagie?
The roll
The meats
The cheese
The lettuce, tomato and onions
The oil and the spices