A hoagie is a sandwich served in a long roll and filled with various meats, cheeses, vegetables, seasonings, and sauce. It is know by many names including submarine, sub, hero, poor boy, torpedo, grinder, and zep.
But what about the term hoagie?
The term hoagie comes from Philadelphia that’s all anyone can seem to agree upon. There are several stories about origin of the name.
According to the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, in 1953 Italians working at the World War I era shipyard, known as Hog Island, started producing a “Hog Island Sandwich.” The name was shortened to Hoggies, and eventually to hoagie.
The Philadelphia Almanac and Citizen’s Manual states that the sandwich got its name from street vendors called “hokey-pokey men” in the early twentieth century.
Other origin stories include “hog” for pig, and slang terms, and, well the list goes on.
According to Wikipedia the following things should be included for an authentic hoagie:
- bread needs to be crusty on the outside and soft on the inside
- often the roll’s insides will be removed to make room for the fillings
- they should have more than one deli meat
- the traditional dressing is olive oil with herbs and seasonings
No matter where you live, have a hoagie today!