How Wawa Is Spreading the Gospel of Hoagies

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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 »

Chickie’s Italian Deli Is Closing

Photo via Chickie's Facebook page.

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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A Hoagie Has How Much Sodium?

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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?

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Is Philly Still a Wawa Town?

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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.

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Gotta Try: Chinese/Vietnamese Hoagie

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I’m not exactly sure how you pronounce the name of Mi Dac Ky, the newest restaurant addition to the bustling Washington Avenue food district. But I do know that I want to try their “Chinese/Vietnamese Hoagie”: Peking duck, housemade duck liver pate, cucumber, carrots, jalapeños and cilantro on a French baguette. Read more »

Subway Actually Apologizes for Less-Than-Footlong Sandwich

When will this madness end?! Subway has officially apologized for selling sandwiches labeled as “footlong,” despite them only really being like, 11.5 inches.

Subway said Friday that it’s redoubling efforts to “ensure consistency and correct length” in all its sandwiches. The company had already noted last week that bread length could vary when franchisees don’t bake to its exact specifications and that it would reinforce policies to ensure consistency.

If you’re looking for some more sandwich absurdity, let’s look back at the week that was. New Jersey Subway fan Jason Leslie, who ate 50 so-called footlongs last year, is suing because he feels “like an idiot,” and “can’t believe I fell for that trick.” And another group of disgruntled New Jersey dudes are also suing, after their lawyer hired a private investigator to examine 17 sandwiches. Um, why do people want more Subway? Isn’t 11 inches of that stuff enough? [AP]

 

 

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