September 14, 2013

National Eat a Hoagie Day

“It has been well said that a hungry man is more interested in four sandwiches than four freedoms.” - Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.

It's National Eat a Hoagie Day!

I think it's safe to say that most people are familiar with a sub (or a hero, grinder, Italian, torpedo, etc.) sandwich. They've gained immense popularity over the past decade or so with mega chains selling "$5 FOOTLONGS™" or using sponge monkeys to promote that "any coupon works" at their store. See?:


But today is specifically about the hoagie. The sandwich, which is usually filled with meats like salami and mortadella, provolone, lettuce, and tomato, originated out of Philadelphia. It's thought to have been named after the enormous sandwiches the Italian immigrants who worked at a shipyard on Hog Island during WWI would bring. They called them "hoggies." Other stories claim the sandwich was originally created by street vendors called "hokey-pokey men" sold, among other foods, antipasto salad. After the operetta H.M.S. Pinafore opened, they began slicing loaves in half and stuffing them with their foods. There are loads of other versions of this story, and despite their differences there is one common theme throughout all of them: the hoagie was definitely started in Philly.

And now you're all the wiser, foodies!

Happy National Eat a Hoagie Day!