Italian Hoagies in New Orleans
I'm visiting my son around Thanksgiving. (He's attending Tulane.) We currently live in Philadelphia, and when he's home we make regular pilgrimages on weekends to Sarcone's for their outstanding Italian hoagies. My son has asked that I bring one to him when I visit, even if it's not fresh, he wants one so badly. But due to my flight schedule I'd have to buy it the day before. Not good. So I was wondering: Any place in New Orleans where I might find a reasonably good Italian hoagie? On a good, crusty loaf of Italian bread, of course (not anything soft) -- to me, the bread is half the recipe for success.
I've never been to Sarcone's, but in NOLA I'd head straight to Central Grocery for a Muffaletta, the city's best known "sub" aka Po' Boy. If your kid doesn't already know about this, he ain't much of a chowhound!
69305 Highway 21, Covington, LA 70433
You are dead-on about the bread. Ido not know the spot you refer in Philly but I've banged around the place a bit and I will be interested to see what other people suggest for New Orleans..I cannot imagine anything (other than teh muff already mentioned) that is in the same category
your Italian markets are:
Nor Joe's http://www.norjoe.com/
for Italian sandwiches:
il Posto http://www.ilpostocafe-nola.com/
you might also try:
Stein's Deli http://www.steinsdeli.net/home/
I am from PA but have lived in NC for 14 years. What I always do is get a hoagie with the meat and cheese only and the "wet peppers" and oil on the side. I can add the LTO & mayo myself. That's what I would suggest you do. You're right the sandwich is all about the bread... and the cold cuts. And, for me, the wet peppers & oil. Yum!
Wow, I sure sympathize with your son! I grew up in Northeast PA, and when I go home, my first meal is always an Italian, no onions. Stein's Market and Deli on Magazine has pretty decent hoagie rolls--and Tastykakes and, occasionally, Wise and Utz and Herr's chips [I keep asking for Middleswarth]--the owner is from Philly, as I understand it. Stein's also has an Italian hoagie on its menu, but to me it doesn't taste right. Stein's is a premium market, and the meats are just a little too strongly flavored for the blended tastes in the Italian hoagies I know and love. I don't know if the provolone is too aged, or if it's the fact that the lettuce was full-leaf romaine when I tried it, but it just didn't do it for me. Also, Stein's didn't have hot peppers.
When I came back from Christmas break last year, I brought back a bottle of Beano's Submarine Dressing and a jar of Tallarico's Hot Hoagie Peppers. I'd recommend either bringing a hoagie from home, with the veggies and sauces like these on the side [plus mayo], or using condiments from home to doctor up Stein's Italian.
Darn it, now I'm hungry!
I'm from NE PA/Central PA and a hoagie is my first food buy when I go home also. I just finished my last bag of Middleswarth BBQ chips and need to re-stock. For the life of me I cannot figure out why Middleswarth doesn't have a website and online ordering. You know they did away wth the cardboard barrel containers?
Aaaah, Rickett's Glen - wow. We were up to World's End State Park back in May and took with us Italian hoagies, middleswarth bbq chips and deviled eggs for a picnic lunch. I've posted a pic for your viewing pleasure.
I'm not familiar w/ Costas or A-Treat soda, but I do know about the pasnacks website. If you are on facebook, look up Billtown Stuff. I created an application where you can gift local foods and things. Its really taken off and people have given well over 20,000 items from my app. Ha!
Neat! Costas and A-Treat are both Schuylkill County specialties, I think . . . don't even get me started on how much I miss bleenies, halushki and perogi. I've wondered if those Big Gulp sodas sold around here might be a suitable substitute for A-Treat, but I'm not sure if Big Gulp has a grapefruit flavor.