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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.

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  1. 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!

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    Muffaletta's
    69305 Highway 21, Covington, LA 70433

    1. 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

      1. your Italian markets are:
        Central Grocery
        Nor Joe's http://www.norjoe.com/
        for Italian sandwiches:
        il Posto http://www.ilpostocafe-nola.com/
        Frank's http://www.franksrestaurantneworleans...
        Italian Barrel
        you might also try:
        Stein's Deli http://www.steinsdeli.net/home/
        Domenica http://www.domenicarestaurant.com/

        1. 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!

          1. 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!

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            1. re: midcity

              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?

              1. re: lynnlato

                I know! It's horrible--the containers were perfect for barbecues up at Rickett's Glen State Park! They don't have a website, but you can try here: http://www.pasnacks.com/middleswarthc... . I also miss Costas Club Sandwiches and A-Treat Soda, big time.

                1. re: midcity

                  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!

                   
                  1. re: lynnlato

                    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.

                    1. re: midcity

                      Now you've got me craving Mennonite cheese.

                      Pierogis are easy to make, as you probably know. And you can replicate byliash with store-bought dough that my Russky friends swear is as good as that on the streets of Moscow (but not, of course, as good as grandma's)

                      1. re: hazelhurst

                        Oh, yeah, I have recipes--my family's part Ukranian and Lithuanian--but I live in a studio and have limited space. Fortunately, Winn-Dixie carries Mrs. T's perogies, which are at least made in Schuylkill County; they're actually pretty good.

                        1. re: midcity

                          Ha! I just harassed my local grocery store b/c they wanted to stop selling Kunzler's lebanon bologna and replace it w/ Boar's Head Brand. Apparently a bunch of us PA'ians protested and so now they carry the Kunzler's brand and keep it in the walk-in for us. Yes!

                          1. re: lynnlato

                            Whoa--what grocery store is that? I think Stein's might carry Lebanon too--possibly Seltzer's, which I really like.

                            1. re: midcity

                              Oops, I meant Seltzer's... and its Harris Teeter. The Boars Head stuff was beyond disgusting - ick.

                          2. re: midcity

                            Good combo--my gang is (mostly) Judeo-Russo-Latvian..how's that for fun?

              2. I've never been, but isn't there an Italian store right by Dorignac's, not sure if they do sandwiches or not, anyone?

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                1. re: roro1831

                  The name of the place is Just Italy on Aris

                2. As a Philly area transplant I can say if you can't bring it from home, it won't be the same. There are some decent Italian delis that can certainly make very good sandwiches, but I have yet to find anything that I would compare to an Italian hoagie. If he wants the real thing, bring it from home or tell him to wait. In the meantime I'd make sure he's tried a muffaletta. Solid, solid Italian sandwich specific to New Orleans. As far as just going for a good Italian deli, Steins is good. I like il Posto a lot too.

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                  1. re: gastrotect

                    I appreciate all the suggestions, and all I can say at this point is that we've had muffalettas at Central Grocery, and we've had Po'-Boys at Domilise's, and whatever their merits, they obviously aren't Italian hoagies. Each is, as one might say, sui generis; each has merits of its own, but they're not by any means substitutes for one another. If someone said they had a longing for a muffaletta, I doubt that a satisfactory and satisfying recommendation would be to buy a Po-Boy.

                    1. re: larrybard

                      No, no it wouldn't. Trust me, I miss my hoagies and cheesesteaks. There just aren't good examples of those here which is why I would go for what is good here instead. I'd rather eat a good po-boy, good muffaletta, or good Italian sandwich as opposed to a sub-par hoagie.

                  2. As having a son at Tulane a while ago and being from Philadelphia, l used to pick up a few Sarcone's seeded rolls, uncut, fly them down, go to Central and do it there, perfect no, but for me the bread is key. And while not a hoagie, the olive salad at Central is super and makes a great sandwich.

                    1. Cochon Butcher has an Italian-style sandwich called The Gambino. It is not exactly the same, but all their meats are made in-house and it was quite a tasty sandwich. Better than the comparable sandwich at Steins.

                      http://www.cochonbutcher.com/

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                      1. re: sirvelvet

                        Cochon Butcher is an interesting suggestion, that I'll look into. As it happens, we arrive in New Orleans Nov. 24, and have reservations that night at Cochon restaurant. So maybe we can check it our. (Over the following three days we have reservations at Mr. B's, Domenica, Commander's Palace and Dante's Kitchen, but can't look for Italian hoagies at any of those places.)

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                        Cochon
                        930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                        Commander's Palace Restaurant
                        1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

                        Dante's Kitchen
                        736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

                        1. re: larrybard

                          If you find yourself in Metairie try Martin's Wine Cellar, they have an extensive deli and you could create your own. Also, I love the Gambino, its rustic.

                      2. You have plenty of great suggestions. I have never tasted this sandwich you mention, but if I asked my dad to bring me a sandwich from home & he didn't, well, I'd cry. C'mon, indulge your son! Even if it's not so good after a day, so what? He'll be thankful you tried & at least it won't drive him as crazy as not having one at all.

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                        1. re: Isabella

                          I understand your point, but this is not a case of "it's the thought that counts." Bringing my son a hoagie that has suffered considerably from the lpase of time since preparation -- particularly with the bread not being sufficiently fresh -- would be worse than not bringing him the hoagie at all. This isn't an exercise in nostalgia, but rather in taste.

                          1. re: larrybard

                            Like I said, Stein's has decent rolls . . . hmmm . . . maybe get the hoagie made at home with no veggies or condiments, bring it here with condiments stored separately and buy a fresh roll at Stein's if needed?