I have been around the block, seriously, I have been to countless parties, celebrations, festivals, etc. I can tell you that one thing that I learned if you are planning a get-together, party, or event is people love main dishes, let me explain. How many times have you been to some type of event that had a buffet/spread and noticed what people are putting on their plate? It is chicken wings, fried chicken, meats, etc. Do you ever hear people say no to pizza? The answer is probably rarely. Next time you host a party or get together notice at the conclusion what types of foods are leftover in great quantity. The answer is probably side dishes, desserts, etc. With this in mind, we are going to explore Anchor Hoagies and the various types of meats you can get on their monster hoagies. Let us explore!
Creativity – Anchor Hoagies takes pride in having a variety of different hoagie options which I will go into shortly. They are massive and give you the size options of a 6” (small), 12” (medium), or 24” (large). They pride themselves on trying new and different hoagie combinations to please their customers. Anchor Hoagies tries creative combinations of meats and toppings through trial and error and customer demand. Today more than ever, people want options and like trying new things. Bestsellers such as their Cheesesteak remain staples on the menu, however, they are not afraid to try more adventurous options such as adding pierogis or a whole pound of bacon on one 12” hoagie.
The Cheesesteak (bestseller, captioned) – Owner Jason Watson does not play around when it comes to the type of steak he puts on this hoagie. The steak is a combination of ribeye and sirloin. Ribeye has generous amounts of fat and marbling which creates tons of flavor. Sirloin is a leaner cut which has less fat but provides a bold, beefy flavor. This combination of steak creates just the right amount of juiciness without being overly greasy. This hoagie also has sauteed onions, peppers, and mushrooms. It is important that the onions are sauteed because if not, the strong aroma of a raw onion will blow the flavor of the cheesesteak. Finally, lettuce, tomato, oil & vinegar, salt & pepper, oregano, and your choice of provolone, American, swiss, or Monterey-jack cheese sauce are added to complete the hoagie. You are left with a cheesesteak that is loaded with flavor.
Base and combination hoagies – Anchor Hoagies offers a traditional Italian hoagie with your standard Italian meats. They also offer specialty hoagies with meats such as roast beef, corned beef, pastrami, capicola, ham, turkey, tuna, and a veggie option. You can also combo two of the meats listed above on a hoagie.
Specialty hoagies – This is where Anchor Hoagies gets to use its creative and fun side. Most people love bacon and cannot get enough of it. The Hangover hoagie features 12 pieces of bacon with fried eggs, ham, provolone, and American cheese. It comes hot and toasted and is only available in the 12” size. Anything larger could potentially put you into cardiac shock. Tim’s Special Hoagie is also an eye-catcher featuring steak, chicken, bacon, fried banana peppers, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, provolone, and lettuce. If you are looking for an Italian specialty try Kurt’s Special hoagie featuring fried capicola, pastrami, fried jalapenos, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, provolone, and lettuce. There are other hot, specialty hoagies such as sausage, meatballs, and fish. The menu is well diversified.
Fries – Most people love French fries and are a great compliment to any sandwich. This is one of Anchor Hoagies sleeper items and they sell a ton of them. They are simple and fried to perfection. Add Cajun seasoning and/or a side of their Monterey-jack cheese sauce and you have yourself a simple, yet tasty side item.
Anchor Hoagies Final Take:
AT the END OF THE DAY PEOPLE WANT THE MEATS and THEY WANT THEM in ABUNDANCE, TRUST ME!!!
My final take – I appreciate places that go big and bold. In today’s society visualizations are everything. When you look at one of these hoagies, they are eye-striking. What is impressive is it is not just the quantity that is there, but the quality as well. The hoagies are every bit as delicious as they are appealing to the eye. Anchor Hoagies management staff also brought up an interesting point during my visit about the restaurant industry. In the restaurant industry, you can have excellent food and terrible service, and most people will not come back. You can have good food and excellent service and people will keep coming back. Anchor hoagies succeeds in both, excellent food, and service. Hungry yet?