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Jan 5, 2008 06:48 AM

Sonny's Steak Hogies - Hollywood

I cannot give this place enough props!

Here I was driving up the T-Pike to Pompano when that great Sonny's Steak Hogie magnet drew me right off the Highway on to the Hollywood exit...I got two to go + a Gorgonzola Salad. This was around workday's end...we didn't eat them until 11:30pm and they were still phenomenal!

This place should be at the top of any Philly lovers list. If there is anything close out there, I have yet to find it. The bread (fresh baked), beef (Rib Eye), cheese of your choice (American, Provolone, Mozz) and Red Gravy (sauce on the side please) are all A#1 and meld together perfectly.

All those place up in Philly cannot be as good, there is just NO WAY a Philly can be better.


A true FLA Treasure for sure.

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  1. Agree. Not the best location though. That said, if you are in the area you can always hit the Hound exacta box with Char-Hut/Sonny's...

    Char-Hut of Pembroke Pines
    12221 Taft St, Pembroke Pines, FL 33026

    Sonny's Famous Steak Hogies
    1857 NW 66th Ave, Hollywood, FL 33024

    10 Replies
    1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

      speaking of exactas...I'm heading to Gulfstream soon!

      My Hollywood exacta includes a Gorgonzola Salad & Steak Sammy at Sonny's followed by the sickest Frozen Custard in Florida at Sicilianos. Now that's a true perfecta Chowdaddy.

      1. re: netmover

        I've never tried Siciliano's. Is it better than the Dairy Belle on US1 in Dania? I heard the sub shop next to Siciliano's is good too. Sub Center or something close to that

        1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

          It's Custard as opposed to soft serve or ice cream. Much higher fat content as they use cream instead of milk. Haven't tried the Dairy Belle...yet. Now that you have ok'd it for a tasting I will do so next time I'm in the area.

          Sub Center and Sicilianos are owned by the same family originally from Albany, NY. Subs are good, but when I am that close to Sonny's that magnet always seems to pull me in!

          1. re: netmover

            FYI Dairy Belle also does Chicago and Michigan style dogs.

            * edit to add menu

            Dairy Belle Ice Cream
            118 N Federal Hwy, Dania, FL 33004

            1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

              Oh my God chowdaddy you just made my day! And if they're year! Michigans are a specialty from upstate NY that I grew up on. They are very hard to find. I recently had some up in RI that were good. That meatsauce is like sex when it's done right!!! No chili, meatsauce! I'll try to hit it up on my way to the track today. thanks!

              1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

                I went to Dairy Belle today and I must say, I did not find what I was looking for. Either I do not know what a true Michigan is, or their spin on it is not what I am accustomed to. What I had hoped to find was a cross between the skyline version and what they do. DB's was described as a Dog with Spaghetti Sauce and it was your basic Quebec Bolognese I guess? The Dog was good, although a Chicago Poppy bun would have been nice. The sauce I am looking for is prevelent in all the Greek Diners in the Capital District of NY.

                Jack's Old Fashioned's chili resembles what I am looking for, but is still lacking that cinn-a-zing.

                I didn't try DB's Ice Cream, but I cannot imagine it being real Frozen Custard.

                Arbetter's is actually in the ball park of what I was hoping for.


                Above is a nice read regarding these tasty pups!

                I think once you cross the boarder the tomato gets toned down.

                  1. re: netmover

                    another ice cream rec in the area is Rosie's Gourmet Italian Ices. They are on Us 1 a few blocks north of the circle in Hollywood. The soft serve is very good plus they have Radio Balls. Combine the soft serve with an ice. soo good

                    sorry for hijacking this thread

                    Rosies Gourmet Italian Ices
                    1090 N Federal Hwy, Hollywood, FL 33020

                    1. re: netmover

                      Ah, yes Coney sauce. My mother is from Michigan and I used to scarf Coney dogs down any time I was up there. It's a very interesting flavor... it's sort of greasier than chili or tomato sauce and the meat should be minced very fine. I do know that A&W's (at least the ones up north) serve a proper Coney dog, and I guess you can find one of those in Miami and Carol City.

          2. Da NET Is Da Bomb!

            Who cares which is better Geno's or Pat's, we have Sonny's!!!!!

            Finally had a chance to try out today and I'll say it again, Da Net Is Da Bomb for saying it is as good as any Philly has to offer.. Please don't get insulted you southsiders because I didn't say it was better but it is just as good.

            You can tell as soon as you walk into this cozy strip mall storefront that the people there are very serious about their hogie business. I asked the cook what cut they were using and the right answer of rib eye came back. Right away I knew Sonny's could be special since too many places try to skimp with other cuts (namely round) which we all know doesn't have nearly the same sabor!

            I took the Net's advice and ordered two, one for there and one for home and after eating the first (more like scarfing after one bite), I was so glad I had one in the bag for later!.

            I ate a #95 there with sauce. The red tomato sauce doesn't overpower the meat and I'm especially glad to report doesn't have a hint of the acidness that often accompanies same. Also, don't be confused by the high number. They only have four numbers, the others being #50 (with sauce and fried onions), #90(with fried onions) and #9 (meat only). You can also add green peppers, mushrooms, mozzarella, provolone, and american.

            Being a a cheesesteak lover I immediately asked the cook why no cheese whiz and he said that Floridians didn't seem to care for it but that he personally prefered as do I because we agreed that it adds a creamy/mushier taste sensation. Oh well, a small sacrafice for such a good hogie and I just had them add provo to my take away #90.

            Sonny's is definitely a keeper and I look forward to many return trips to fix my cheesesteak cravings. And did I mention Da Net is Da Bomb for touting this place? If so, never enough for a find like this!

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            1. re: eatnbmerry

              Well, well...thank God! I was concerned after your Jack's review!

              I still have trouble ordering by number...I guess I get the 90, add cheese and sauce on the side. The cheeze whiz is nasty!

              They opened a Gino's or Pat's on Lincoln back in the 90's, it didn't last if you can beleive it. Having not been to Philly since elementary school, I had no idea that real phillys, or should I say philly phillys, came with cheese whiz which I tried when the Lincoln Rd. outpost opened for the first and last time. Yuck! I like good old american white cheese or the provolone and the Mozz ain't bad either!

              Does that place consititute a dive?

              The bread at Sonny's is the bomb! The Rib Eye is the bomb! The Red Gravy is the, I would love to take credit for it, but all accolades should go to SONNY!

              1. re: netmover

                Yes the bread is great. Wonder if they fly that it.
                Are you referring to Lou's Real Philly Cheesesteaks? The owner Lou DiBono is Chodorow's brother in law. Now he owns Louie's Brick Oven Pizza on Biscayne in NMB with Chodorow. I think they did Suva and NOA on Lincoln Road.too. I totally forgot about NOA and Suva. I Liked NOA

                1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

                  Yeah, you know what, maybe it was Lou's? I cannot remember! I don't know any of them, so none of the names mean anything to me...

                  From what I understand, Sonny bakes his own bread.

                    1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

                      oh yeah...the sauce takes it over the top! I have had it added to the hogie and it's not as good as when you spoon some over each bite! Oooh Lord that's some good sh*t!!!

                      Chodorow was involved at Lou's as I recall...NOA was good too! How's Lou's Pizza? I was surprised Lou's didn't do well, but again this town is very finicky...many come and many go bye-bye with their tails tightly tucked between their legs.

                  1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

                    Great info! Do you think Chodorow got some of his seed money from him?

                  2. re: netmover

                    I wonder if he's still around? I'll have to ask next time since it does seem like a place with an interesting history behind it. Gotta believe that there is some philly background there.

                    You know, I was thinking about dive status when I saw strip mall and strong character of place. I would say its a 50/50 and you and sobe as the "finding chowhounds" get to decide!!!!

                          1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

                            Nice. How long has the place been around? Always in same location?

                            1. re: eatnbmerry

                              Sonny is or was from Philly and his son/s run the joint now. Two of the guys in there look like twins? I beleive it's from the 50's or 60's, I forget which. They used to have a big sign which could be seen from Taft which is how I found it. The year established was on the sign. Unfortunately, it got blown down during Wilma and the city refused to let them put it back up. It is definately an institution. They had a nice article about the place in one of the papers recently.

                              You got to get the sauce on the side and spoon it over each morsel!

                              1. re: netmover

                                Yes, next time, I mean next week! I will for sure. And maybe try that Gorg salad you rec'd also. BTW, I was wondering how the heck you spotted it tucked away in that sideways stripper and now I know. Still sign or not, you get big chowhound chops for striking GOLD!!!!

                                1. re: eatnbmerry

                                  Thanks! It's good to bring a gem to this board once in a while!

                                  AG, who seems to have dropped off the board as of late, has been going since she was a kid, as I am sure many other south Browardites have too.

                                  The Gorgonzola salad has the best's soo old school, but ooh soo good!

                                  I tried a meatball side one day and they were good. The MB hogie doesn't translate however.

                                  1. re: netmover

                                    Net! is Da Bomb!

                                    Dropped off!? AW C'mon. I'm still here and apparently still eating at the table next to you!

                                    To this thread I add that we hit Sonny's / Silvano's this past weekend and also did the "eat one/take one." I'm a devout #50 + provolone myself... (sauce on the side to go). Sonny's is the real Philly deal. I am a lifer...

                                    The secret numbers you reference represent lookalike letters:
                                    #95 is PS (plain sauce)
                                    #90 is PO (plain onion)
                                    #50 is SO (sauce onion)
                                    #9 is P (plain meat)

                                    US 441 to Taft Street, head west to 66th and turn left.

                                    BAM! Go Philly.


                  3. went to sonny's yesterday after all the great things i've read. amazed at what i found. 1] the famed gorgonzola salad was some iceberg lettuce, 2 wedges of tomato and watery dressing.2] the lauded hambergers were greasy, and 3] though i havent been to philly in a while,unless pats and geno's have been taken over by mole people, they have nothing to wrry about as far as competition goes. sorry,it was cheap, but just not very good.

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