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Feb 12, 2011 11:36 AM

Remembering Hoagie's Corner

Anyone remeber Hoagie's Corner? What hapen to chain sub shops like HC? I loved the Cheesy British.

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  1. cacheinhand: Oh My God! I thought I was the only one alive who was still in mourning over HC. The Cheesy Brit was preternaturally good. You brought back a very strong taste memory for me. Thank you. (I say this with some reluctance, because I usually HATE fast/convenience food)

    If you remember Lofurno's and their Spaghetti Carbonara or their Gorgonzola hazelnut salad dressing, we were probably separated at birth.

    1. Can't say I ever ate there, but it was where all of the kids met up in Puyallup to start cruising the strip. Glory days.

      1. I remember Hoagy's well. We had one in our neighborhood, just a 5 minute walk from home. It was replaced by a 7-11. It's been at least 10+ years and I still miss Hoagy's. My fave was the Italian. And they also had some kind of bagel/pizza thing that was TDF.

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        1. re: jlhinwa

          Wow, I had not thought about Hoagie's Corner since high school, when I used to visit there. Upon reflection, this place really paved the way for my subsequent Italian hoagie/sub obsession when I moved back east.

          On a related note, I visited Chelsea Deli on Rainier yesterday, hoping for a faithful reproduction of an East Coast hogie shop. Not so much. I think the problem, as with other Seattle delis attempting the hoagie, is the use of overly crusty bread (here Macrina) that is split lengthwise, allowing the contents to squeeze out during ingestion, instead of cutting a trench into the top of a softer roll and layering the contents therein. Crusty baguettes that excel for mopping steamed mussel broth are not appropriate for italian subs.

        2. Was just talking about that with my bro. British was the bets. I loved that mayo mustard goo they used. Man I would love one right now.

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          1. re: jlom907

            i worked for hoagies corner in lynnwood and kirkland and wedgwood for about 4 years. still keep in touch with some coworkers and we all miss the british and others. they chain was sold to southland corp.(7-11) they were all changed to 7-11 stores soon after.

            1. re: bighound

              Were you sworn to secrecy about how to make these subs? I have searched the web for the old receipes and cannot find any reference to them. Is it a proprietary thing? Would love to know if we can find these somewhere!!! Thanks

              1. re: klsmith

                One old secret... You would order a cold sandwich and then have them heat it up. If you ordered the hot sandwich they would use the older bread, since it was going to nuked anyway.

          2. Oh Hoagie's Corner! I loved going on field trips when I was in elementary school because that meant I had to bring a sack lunch. Which meant my busy parents would get me a half roast beef with everything, a bag of doritos and a koala springs drink.

            I'd spent years trying to find a replacement and about 6 or 7 years ago I found a deli in White Center that was previously a Hoagie's Corner. The owners still made the sandwiches the same way. I had a good friend that lived around that area, so everytime I went to visit her, I would grab a full sub on the way. Not sure if it's still there, but it was off of 35th and Barton. Near the Westwood Shopping center. I think it was called Super Deli or something generic like that.

            If you're trying to recreate it yourself, I've found the best combination to be a Gai's French roll topped with appropriate meats and cheeses, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, heavy duty mayo (very important), pickles and onions. Nothing more, nothing less.

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            1. re: soypower

              omg soy u rock! great report. the best roll i've found for a sammy like this is from albertsons. u may have to convince the person behind the counter to sell u a single roll. don't know the maker.use american cheese and the cheapest meats u can find for authentic flavor. if you can stomach it. fresh express makes lettuce shreds in the produce department..
              and koala springs!!! i.m still addicted to it. wish we could get it still in the us. you can still get it in safeway stores in vancouver area and in most convienience stores there. i usually bring back lots from a trip north.

              1. re: bighound

                Ha's just good to know there are others who mourn the loss of that chain.

                And does anyone remember their tagline? Hoagie's Corner - It's a Dilly of a Deli.
                What the heck is a dilly? :o)

                1. re: bighound

                  Hi! Did you by chance work at the one in Bellevue around 1985?

                2. re: soypower

                  Just started going there for the German Hogies a couple of weeks ago after not going for 20 years. They taste like I remember them. ...same yellow goop. Delicious! I spare no expense and get the double meat. It's so worth the extra two bucks. Everyone there was ordering the British, so I imagine it's pretty good too. It is on 35th and Barton like you said.

                  1. re: soypower

                    The Super Deli is also a great local secret for local beer - they have many rotating taps of very small-batch NW beers. You can get growlers to go - plus those Hoagies-Corner copies! Wonderful...
                    Also, across the street is a pretty decent family owned produce stand. I live in the area - long live White Center and West Seattle - come on over while you can still get here on the viaduct:)

                    1. re: gingershelley

                      Shhh! Super Deli is already on all beer lover's radar. One of the best selections in the Seattle area, and the taps for growlers and pints, are next to none. Solid hoagies, as well.

                      Super Deli & Grocery
                      9051 35th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126

                    2. re: soypower

                      Hi, soypower:

                      You have more than redeemed yourself after the Howie SPORT burger debacle (just kidding).

                      THANK YOU for pointing out Super Deli. Wahine brought home an Extra Cheesy Brit, which was every bit as disgustingly delicious as I remembered it. Here I type with distended belly, very happy, thanks in great part to you. I am in your debt.


                      1. re: kaleokahu

                        Thank goodness! I'm so glad to hear of your happy belly! I haven't been out that way in a couple years, so I I'm glad that all is still well. I may just have to make a pilgrimage myself very soon!