In honor of National Sandwich Day today, we've been celebrating Philadelphia's iconic cold sandwich: the hoagie. Read below for a guide to some of the best hoagies in the area, such as the delicious Sarcone's sandwiches pictured above. (Photos by J. Varney for GPTMC)
We did not need Saveur Magazine to crown Philadelphia the best sandwich city in America to know we’re tops in that department. (Although, admittedly, we appreciated the compliment.)
Philly’s big three sandwiches include, of course, the world famous Philly cheesesteak; the delicious roast pork sandwich; and the authentic, virtually-impossible-to-replicate-outside-the-region Philadelphia hoagie.
In honor of National Sandwich Day today, November 3, Visit Philly is celebrating that last one — Philadelphia’s quintessential cold sandwich, the hoagie — with a series of delicious promotions and special events.
You can vote in the Great Philadelphia Hoagie Debate to enter to win a year’s supply of hoagies, attend the With Love Hoagie Invitational today at Liberty Place at 11:30 a.m., explore some of the region’s best hoagies and hoagie shops via an interactive map and much more. All the details are right here.
Not that your appetite for hoagies needs any more whetting, but we thought it would be appropriate, given today’s holiday, to help you out with some suggestions, courtesy Visit Philly, for just where you can obtain some of this city’s most delicious and iconic hoagie specimens.
Check out the full list, and a helpful interactive Philadelphia Hoagie Finder.
You can also add check out the full list on Foursquare and on Foodspotting.
For a little taste of what to expect, we’ve included a few highlights from each neighborhood, below:
• Campo’s: 214 Market Street. An Old City institution since 1947, Campo’s Deli is well situated for visitors of historic sites craving classic hoagies, available on regular or seeded bread. Sports fans and concert-goers can enjoy the hoagies and cheesesteaks in the Wells Fargo Center, and the Phillies cheering section can find their cheesesteaks in Citizens Bank Park.
• Carmen’s Famous: 12th & Arch Streets. For those who like their hot peppers hot, Reading Terminal stand Carmen’s Famous Italian Hoagie is the place for an authentic hoagie stuffed with all manner of meats.
• Salumeria: 12th & Arch Streets. Reading Terminal’s elegant cheese emporium Salumeria also happens to be one of Center City’s top-notch outlets for sandwiches.
• Wawa: 1707 Arch Street, to name one location. No hoagie list would be complete without this guy. The official sponsor of HoagieFest and builder of a 4.5 ton sandwich in honor of American troops, Wawa (with locations in five states) takes their lunch offerings seriously, allowing customers to build their own in a variety of sizes.
• Chickie’s Italian Deli: 1014 Federal Street. The award-winning Chickie’s notable menu items include the Original Veggie and Tuna Special. Each delectable sandwich sits on a roll from Sarcone’s Bakery.
• Cosmi’s: 1501 S. 8th Street. Family owned and operated since 1932, Cosmi’s is a corner deli with a legendary reputation for hoagies hot and cold served on Sarcone’s rolls.
• Di Bruno Bros.: 930 S. 9th Street. A major destination for any Italian specialty food connoisseur and purveyor of hoagie fillings galore, Di Bruno’s makes a mean sandwich in its own right, with a high-quality olive-oil drizzle.
• Primo Hoagies: 1528 Ritner Street. A South Philly shop that’s grown immensely in recent years, Primo Hoagie has elevated the art form with a long list of hoagie variants, including the Turkey Diablo and the Knuckle Sandwich.
• Sarcone’s Deli: 734 S. 9th Street. The original Bella Vista Sarcone’s deli has spawned multiple locations, and it’s easy to see why. At the hoagie mecca, freshly baked seeded rolls are lovingly stuffed in combos like the Italian Market and the Junk Yard Special.
• Koch’s Deli: 4309 Locust Street. It’s a rite of passage for Penn and Drexel students to dine here. While Italian hoagies are everywhere in Philly, the true Jewish hoagie is a rare treat, and Koch’s, which serves a corned beef, pastrami, spiced beef, kosher salami and cheese concoction on an Amoroso roll, is the place to find one.
• Lee’s Hoagie House: 4034 Walnut Street. Started in Mt. Airy, Lee’s Hoagie House now has 17 outposts and has built its empire on simple meat and cheese combinations served on Liscio’s rolls.
• Lenny’s Home Plate: 6141 Ridge Avenue. Many residents of Manayunk and Roxborough agree: The top hoagie shop on the Ridge Avenue is Lenny’s Home Plate, where the sandwiches include classics like the Soprano, served on Liscio rolls and available in Minor or Major League lengths.
• Stan’s Deli: 3632 Powelton Avenue. The home of the “Stanwich,” Stan’s Deli is Powelton Village’s main hoagie connection, with all of the traditional one-meat delights, plus an array of specialty hoagies.
• Dattillo’s Delicatessen: 8000 Horrocks Street. Italian specialty market Dattillo’s gussies up hoagies with artichoke hearts and homemade roasted peppers, but customers can also buy the fixings to make their own with five different kinds of Italian bread, imported lunchmeats and long-hots to go.
• Fink’s: 4633 Princeton Avenue. Dubbed the “King of Gourmet Hoagies,” Fink’s offers a signature hoagie with two secret weapons: cotechino (fresh pork sausage) and olive spread. The other hoagies, named for Northeast neighborhoods, similarly elevate traditional recipes with creative touches.
• Marinucci’s Deli: 2852 St. Vincent Street. A Mayfair favorite, Marinucci’s Deli gives customers a lot of hoagie for their buck — one meat-packed sandwich can easily feed two people.
• Slack’s Hoagie Shack: 2499 Aramingo Avenue. The 15 area locations of Slack’s Hoagies each offer a little something different, but what unites them is the signature Godfather Italian hoagie and a choice of seeded or plain rolls.
• Altomonte’s Italian Market and Delicatessen: 85 N. York Road, Warminster. The Monster is the hoagie of choice at the authentic Altomonte’s, featuring mortadella, provolone, capicola, sopressata and ham, available at both Bucks County locations.
• Carlino’s Specialty Foods and Catering: 2616 E. County Line Road, Ardmore. Homemade seeded semolina bread, house-label olive oil and locations in both Ardmore and West Chester make Carlino’s Specialty Foods and Catering a hoagie-lover’s dream.
• Cut Above Deli: 3523 W. Chester Pike, Newtown Square. This spot services its passionate patrons with seven different styles of Italian hoagies, all made with quality ingredients like Daniele prosciutto and Sarcone’s bread.
• Planet Hoagie: 30 W. State Street, Media. Media’s claim to sandwich fame, Planet Hoagie is a takeout-only shop with a long list of Italo-centric selections. In Philadelphia, hoagie lovers can find their sandwiches at Citizens Bank Park and Lincoln Financial Field.
Remember, this is just a taste of what Visit Philly has on its Philadelphia Hoagie Finder, so be sure to check it out to navigate the city’s hoagie offerings.
For even more hoagie deliciousness, check out the video below from Philly.com in which they visit Primo’s, Di Bruno’s, Paesano’s and more.
Authentic Philadelphia Hoagie Finder [Visit Philly]