Sonny’s Famous Steak Hogies

Sandwich Shop
excellent
Worth a detour
Michael Stern | June 08, 2019
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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
Must-Try
Philly steak, cheese secreted below the beef
Sonny’s Famous Steak Hogies, Italian Hoagie
Italian Hoagie
Must-Try
Immense Italian hoagie defies neat-eating.
Directions and Hours
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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