National Eat a Hoagie Day

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National Eat a Hoagie Day
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National Eat a Hoagie Day


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Every September 14th, National Eat A Hoagie Day invites everyone to indulge in the sandwich that boasts a million names. Some refer to these sandwiches as hoagies or subs, while others know them as heroes, grinders, bombers, torpedoes, po'boys, or submarines. It's a day to celebrate the diversity of names and flavors that this beloved sandwich brings to the table!

History of National Eat a Hoagie Day

  • Origins: The origins of hoagie itself has a rich history. The sandwich is believed to have originated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the early 20th century. Italian immigrants working at the Hog Island shipyard during World War I created the sandwich, which was initially called the "Hog Island" sandwich and later shortened to "hoagie."
  • Popularity: Over the years, the hoagie has become a popular choice for a quick, satisfying meal, thanks to its versatility and the wide variety of ingredients that can be used.

What is a Hoagie?

  • Bread: The foundation of a hoagie is a long roll or baguette, which can be soft or crusty depending on preference. The bread is typically sliced lengthwise and can be toasted or left untoasted.
  • Fillings: A traditional hoagie includes a variety of deli meats (such as ham, salami, and turkey), cheeses (such as provolone or American cheese), and fresh vegetables (such as lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and peppers). It is often topped with condiments like mayonnaise, mustard, oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and oregano.
  • Variations: There are countless variations of the hoagie, including vegetarian options, seafood hoagies, and those with specialty meats and cheeses.

How to Celebrate National Eat a Hoagie Day

  1. Eating a Hoagie:

    • Visit a Deli: Head to a local deli or sandwich shop known for their hoagies. Many delis offer special deals or unique hoagie creations on this day.
    • Make Your Own: Gather your favorite ingredients and make a custom hoagie at home. Experiment with different combinations of meats, cheeses, vegetables, and condiments.
  2. Hosting a Hoagie Party:

    • Invite Friends and Family: Host a hoagie-making party where everyone can create their own sandwiches. Provide a variety of breads, meats, cheeses, vegetables, and condiments for a fun and interactive meal.
    • Themed Hoagies: Challenge your guests to create themed hoagies, such as Italian, Greek, or vegetarian, and vote on the best creation.
  3. Exploring Regional Variations:

    • Submarine Sandwich: In some parts of the U.S., hoagies are known as subs. Explore regional variations and try a classic sub sandwich.
    • Hero Sandwich: In New York, hoagies are often called heroes. Sample a hero sandwich from a local New York-style deli.
  4. Sharing on Social Media:

    • Post Pictures: Share pictures of your hoagie creations or your favorite hoagie shop on social media using the hashtag #NationalEatAHoogieDay.
    • Hoagie Recipes: Share your favorite hoagie recipes and encourage others to try making them.

Fun Facts about Hoagies

  • Hoagie vs. Sub vs. Hero: The terms hoagie, sub, and hero are used interchangeably in different regions to describe similar sandwiches. In New England, they are often called grinders, while in New Jersey and New York, they are known as subs or heroes.
  • Hoagie Roll: The bread used for hoagies is crucial to the sandwich’s overall taste and texture. A good hoagie roll is sturdy enough to hold the fillings without becoming soggy.
  • Wawa’s Hoagiefest: Wawa, a popular convenience store chain, is known for its Hoagiefest, a summer event celebrating hoagies with special promotions and discounts.

Healthier Hoagie Options

For those looking to enjoy a hoagie with a healthier twist, consider these options:

  • Whole Grain Bread: Use whole grain or whole wheat rolls instead of white bread for added fiber and nutrients.
  • Lean Proteins: Opt for lean meats like turkey or chicken breast, or go vegetarian with options like hummus, avocado, or roasted vegetables.
  • Low-Fat Cheese: Choose low-fat cheese or reduce the amount of cheese to cut down on saturated fat.
  • Load Up on Veggies: Add plenty of fresh vegetables to increase the nutritional value and add crunch and flavor.


National Eat a Hoagie Day is a celebration of one of America’s favorite sandwiches. Whether you prefer a classic Italian hoagie, a vegetarian version, or a creative new twist, this day is all about enjoying the delicious and versatile hoagie. Celebrate by visiting a local deli, making your own hoagie at home, or sharing your hoagie experiences with others. It’s a day to appreciate the simple pleasure of a well-made sandwich and the culinary traditions that bring people together.