A detail from the cover of The Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates (2001).
The lineup at Saturday’s HoagieNation festival (don’t call it Hoagie Fest; that’s different) is pretty formidable, with old favorites and rising stars playing all day at Festival Pier. Everybody’s got Philly ties except Tears for Fears, which is weird, but who cares. Here’s a little music to whet your whistle before the show.
Darryl Hall & John Oates
Your headliners, of course. Hometown heroes. Seven platinum records. Six gold. And that’s the conservative estimate. Hall and Oates were named the most successful duo in rock history by Billboard in 1984, and as far as I can tell nobody’s come along to usurp them. Try to think of one. Roxette? Gimme a break. Hall and Oates had six number ones, and 34 hits in all. Although I’m partial to the heart-wrenching ballad “She’s Gone,” I’m not going to put you through that (plus the video creeps me out). So here’s something upbeat with a catchy chorus and a green blazer: Read more »
Gluten-free pretzel from Taffets Bakery | Photo via Taffets’ Facebook
Quintessential Philadelphia cuisine is not exactly conducive to the trendy dietary restrictions of modern day. Luckily, these local eateries aim to remedy that.
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It has begun.
From noon to 1 p.m. at the Independence Mall on 6th and Market streets, you can get your hands on a (free!) hoagie for the 24th annual Wawa Hoagie Day.
Preparation kicked off early this morning.
Six tons of hoagie will prepared. We repeat: six tons.
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Now this is a hoagie | Photo by Jason Varney
Wawa’s Hoagiefest is upon us and though a Wawa hoagie will do in a pinch, it certainly isn’t our favorite hoagie. We’ve been big promoters of Sarcone’s for the longest time, we’ve become fans of Northeast Philly favorite, Fink’s Hoagies since they’ve opened on Jewelers Row and we’re loving what Martha is doing with their hyper local hoagies in Kensington.
But we know there are more great hoagies out there. Just this weekend we were told that Antonio’s Deli, which replaced the award winning Chickie’s Italian Deli at 1014 Federal Street hasn’t missed a beat. We haven’t tried Antonio’s yet, but it’s now at the top of our list.
What are your favorite hoagies? Is it from a tried and true spot in South Philadelphia or have you discovered a winner off the beaten track.
Let us know in the comments.
We were really hoping we’d be able to trace a Native American origin for the word “hoagie” in celebration of National Hoagie Day today, but we couldn’t. We did, however, find these seven variations, some way more dubious-sounding than others. Get yourself a nice fresh hoagie (or, depending on your place of birth, a submarine, a torpedo, a zeppelin, an Italian, a hero, a grinder, a po’boy, a wedge, a spuckie, a garibaldi, a blimpie … ) and settle in to survey these suggestions. (Note: There is no National Spuckie Day.) Read more »
Best Cheesesteak: Philly’s Finest Sambonis | Photo by Courtney Apple / Styling by Lisa Russell
The Washington Post acknowledged it yesterday and we’ve known it practically from the crib. Philadelphians know good sandwiches. And here are the Best of Philly winning sandwiches for 2015, including the best cheesesteak, hoagie and roast pork sandwich.
Best Sandwiches in Philly [Best of Philly]
Dennis Fink with his grandson.
Michael Klein has the information on Fink’s Hoagies opening at 132 S 8th Street. Owner, Dennis Fink has a location at 4633 Princeton Avenue in the Tacony section of Philadelphia. Fink’s has received plenty of accolades and even a cover shot on the Philadelphia Daily News.
Perhaps most improbably, the post is accompanied by overwhelmingly positive comments, and only one lamenting the current state of Fink’s Hoagies current neighborhood.
Fink’s Hoagies to open in Center City [Philly.com]
Fink’s Hoagies [Official]
The Chinatown Wawa at 1038 Arch Street has closed. The location, which was the smallest of Center City’s Wawa stores, shuttered at midnight, Sunday June 7th. A spokesperson told Philly.com’s Michael Klein that Wawa wants to find another location in the area.
The Chinatown Wawa was always a bit of an anomaly, besides its size, it may have been the dirtiest Wawa store we’ve ever visited.
The Wawa closure leaves Center City with four location of the convenience chain.
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Promotional image posted to Wawa’s Twitter account on April 11th, with the message: “They say it’s National Submarine Day, but we’re sticking with the term hoagie.”
Wawa opened three stores on April 23rd in Fort Myers, Florida. The convenience store chain, which began an expansion into Florida in July 2012, has 65 stores in the state. It plans to have 100 locations by the end of 2016. Read more »
Photo via Chickie’s Facebook page.
Chickie’s Italian Deli is closing after 21-years in business. The award winning deli is known for its Italian-style sandwiches, hoagies and particularly its veggie hoagie.
A Facebook message from owner Henry George stated:
It is with great sadness that after 21 1/2 years in business, Chickie’s Italian Deli will be closing its doors permanently on Saturday, April 11, 2015. I would like to thank all of my loyal customers for your years of patronage! It has been my pleasure serving the community for over two decades. Thank you to everyone especially my dedicated employees for their years of service.
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