Sonny’s Famous Steak Hogies

Sandwich Shop
Worth a detour

By strict Roadfood standards, which decree a restaurant and its food should reflect their location, Sonny’s Famous Steak Hogies is wrong. But with sandwiches this good, who wants to be strict?

As the name suggests*, the cuisine is Philadelphia more than Florida. Philly is where “Sonny” Sam Nigro came from back in the late 1950s, and the menu is pretty much what you’d find in a Delaware Valley sandwich shop. The “steaks” are thin flaps of ribeye worried on a griddle, served wit’ or witout onions. Cheese and sauce are optional. In addition to steaks, the short-order repertoire includes sandwiches containing meatballs, chicken cutlets, hot ham, and hamburgers as well as cold hoagies, pizza, and a few pasta dishes.

Baked-here loaves sport crisp crust and tender crumb that is sturdy enough to withstand pile-ups of multiple ingredients. Nevertheless, sandwiches are so generously apportioned that picking one up is problematical. That’s why steaks come with a plastic fork.

In addition to its Philadelphia-themed menu, Sonny’s sports the brash ambience of a city sandwich shop. It’s a small place, always crowded and noisy, with customers jockeying for seats and a staff of git-er-done waitresses who are friendly and efficient. It might seem confusing at first, but in fact it runs like a Swiss watch.

* Hogie, not hoagie? Although the latter has become standard, Sonny’s spelling actually reflects historians’ speculation that the term originally referred to multi-meat sandwiches preferred by workers at the old Hog Island Navy Yard.

What to Eat
Sonny’s Famous Steak Hogies, Cheese Steak
Cheese Steak
Philly steak, cheese secreted below the beef
Sonny’s Famous Steak Hogies, Italian Hoagie
Italian Hoagie
Immense Italian hoagie defies neat-eating.
Directions and Hours
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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