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 »
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.
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.
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.
Owner Steve Rodriguez promises Carangi rolls, a filet tip sandwich and his own “White Whiz” sauce.
Cheesesteaks under the el [The Insider]
First Street Steaks and Hoagies [Foobooz]
I never thought I’d say this, but when it comes to Philly’s favorite summertime snacks, it looks like Herr’s Potato Chips might just be the healthier—emphasis on the er, here—choice.
Earlier today, the folks at Magee Rehab posted an “Eat This, Not That”-like post on their blog, comparing the nutrition info for some of the Philly’s favorite foods: Herr’s Crispy N’ Tasty Potato Chips versus a Philadelphia soft pretzel, a cannoli versus TastyKake Buttercream Cupcakes, a cheesesteak versus an Italian hoagie, and Rita’s Water Ice versus Rita’s Gelati. With only 140 calories per serving, a handful of Herr’s potato chips seems to win the least-guilt-inducing-beach-snack award. Who would’ve thought?
A confession: One small matter that has kept me from feeling like a complete and true Philadelphian is that I have no loyalty — none — to Wawa.
This is not entirely my fault. When I moved to the city in 2008, it was impossible to avoid the chain’s catchy commercials urging viewers to “start your day on a roll/with a Wawa breakfast hoagie.” The tune was relentlessly cheery, relentlessly overplayed and simply relentless. I think I spent November of that year singing the jingle to myself over and over again. Wawa tried to capture my mind, and it certainly did.
It was just never around to capture my heart.