….Does anyone have remembrance and/or information about Hank’s, on Clinton Avenue in Irvington, New Jersey, known for their Philly Steak sandwich?
….My memory is ever so slight. I believe the place closed in the mid to late ’60’s. I was just starting to drive, and didn’t get there often. But I remember that Hank’s was the only place serving Philly Steaks in the central and Northern part of NJ in those days…long before the Philly Steak and its cousin, the Philly Cheesesteak, became so national an item that now you can even find (sacrilege of sacrileges)versions of the indiginous edible in your frozen food section.
…Hanks was great. While my memory of the place is dim, I remember how wonderfully thin were the slices of steak they heaped onto the best Italian hoagie/submarine/grinder bread. And the thinly shredded onions cooked alongside the steak on the griddle were equally spectacular. Between the two main items, just enough juice was created to nicely moisten the bread without soaking it.
…What in part was interesting is that there were virtually no competitors…no other places selling the item. The place seemingly had its own audience, most of whom, I suggest, didn’t even know that 90 miles South, in the City of Brotherly Love, this delightful sandwich was a staple.
…Anyone remember Hank’s…any history, details, etc.? Or did I just dream it?
P.S.–That Chicken Cutlet, bacon, mozzarella and gravy things sounds real good