Bogie's Hoagies in Hawthorne
I'm starting to really dig Hawthorne's downtown shopping area along Lafayette Avenue. Not only are there some really cool shops and restaurants there, but there is less traffic and more parking than in the downtowns of fancier places, like Westwood or Ridgewood.
A few days ago, I discovered Bogie's Hoagies. And boy oh boy, I am now hooked. The place is fairly modest looking inside and out. But looks can be deceiving. This place puts out some of the best sandwiches I have ever had. They are also huge and very reasonably priced.
Their whole subs are 14", and they must be 4" - 5" wide. They are also stuffed with meat and toppings. Most are in the $9 range. If that's too much, the half subs are 7" and in the $4.50 - $5.00 range, and because they're so wide and packed with stuff, they contain more food than a typical 9" or 10" sub from another place, which would probably charge you $7 for a half sandwich and $12 or $13 for a whole one.
Yesterday, I got what may have been the best chicken parm sandwich I ever had. For $10, I got a sandwich stuffed with about five fresh chicken cutlets breaded in panko, fresh sauce, and homemade mozzarella. I had lunch yesterday from it, and I'm going to have dinner tonight from it.
They also have a FANTASTIC penne in vodka sauce dish with the aforementioned chicken cut into strips. Now I'm funny with vodka sauce. When it's made well, it's great. When it's made poorly, which is more often the case, it's a lousy mess of odd-tasting tomato and cream. This is vodka sauce done right. The penne is freshly made, along with the chicken and the sauce. How much for this large portion of fancy food? $20? $14? Nope. $8. Heck, a Big Mac costs almost that much today.
The owner/chef is supposedly a CIA graduate (the one where they chop instead of shoot), and it shows in the quality of his food. The staff there is also super friendly, and there is plenty of room to eat in if you want.
This place gets a BIG BIG THUMBS UP from me. They don't have a website, but they do have a Facebook page with pictures of the menu and other information:
Please check them out. You'll be glad you did.
I can honestly say that Bogies Hoagies is the 2nd best sandwich shop in northern NJ, next to A Taste of Reality in Kinnelon.
The chicken based sandwiches such as the "bacon chicken ranch" and "buffalo chicken wrap" are fantastic. The Italian subs are the best you will find.The sandwiches are stuffed with meat and the bread is perfect. I feel sad for anyone who eats at the Subway a few blocks away because they are missing out on an awesome sandwich for the same amount of money.
I'm curious about the reference to the penne vodka pasta, because though there is a dinner menu on the wall, the place is closed when I pass by at 6.
That said, if you're looking for a good sandwich in the Hawthorne area definitely stop by this place.
I like Bogie's chicken cutlet subs - the panko coating makes them crispy, not bready. Also doing a nice business around the corner on Diamond Bridge Ave is Hot Diggety Grill, friendly little place with decent burgers and hot dogs (try the bacon-wrapped dog with red coleslaw) and good shakes. They will bring your order out to your car in bad weather if you call ahead. The little Cuban place across the street is interesting too, though I can't remember the name at the moment.
Thank you for your wonderful and comprehensive review of a great little spot that's easy to miss unless you know about it. We've enjoyed their sandwiches several times....excellent prices, friendly service, good quality and it's absolutely spotless, too. The only down side is that they are closed on Sundays (which can be problematic during football season).