I was first introduced to hoagies back in the day when I was living in Philly. To raise money for our class, we would buy a variety of hoagies for a low price at a local Hoagie place, then cut them in half and sell them for a marked up price. There always a few left over , so one day I took a left over Provolone hoagie home for my wife and I ( being a broke student, any free food was welcome, and being a vegetarian, cheese hoagies were my only option). Anyway, I was hooked!!! I always remember places I've been, or times in my life by certain foods that act as a reminder. Hoagies and soft pretzels always bring me back to Philly every time.
Ive always been limited to the Provolone hoagie until recently. As the veggie meat products are improving and becoming more widely available, I have been experimenting with the some of the veggie meats on the hoagies wining my hoagie experience .
I actually ordered a large variety / sample pack of vegetarian cold cuts ( Online) from The Herbivorus Butcher ( in Minneapolis)
and got some also at the Reading Terminal Market in Philly ( Luhv Food Vegan Deli)
Im glad to be able to experiment , but I can honestly say, they've got a lot of work to do. Vegan/ veggie cold cuts, although can be used in a similar fashion ( on a hoagie) are not all that great ( or even good). but are edible. My go to is still the provolone.
Typical hoagie for me :
-Keiser roll with mayo spread on both sides
( reason for keiser roll is they are round and so is the provolone slice , so no empty bites)
- a couple of slices of provolone
-Kosher Pickle slices
-Some type of vinaigrette ( preferably Good Seasons Italian Dressing)
I could eat this all day, every day.
Which reminds me, going to Philly next week. Cant wait for those pretzels!!!
(Tip, go to center city pretzels on Washington ave near the Italian Market ( where rocky ran through in Rocky 1). This is one of the placse that makes them and sells them to everyone else. Right out of the oven, whole sale prices, Bagel store hours ( Extremely early in the morning until about noon), Best soft pretzels Ive ever had.