Celebrate ‘Submarine-Hoagie-Hero-Grinder Day’ with a Little Sandwich History

What the hell's the difference between these delectable sandwiches? We investigate.

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  • HOAGIEThis sub originated in Philadelphia and was declared the "Official Sandwich of Philadelphia" in 1992. One account of its origin, according to
  • HEROHow did the hero get its name? Supposedly in the 1930s, a New York Herald Tribune food writer commented that only a hero could finish off such a massive sandwich, reports Ephemeral NY)
  • SUBMARINE This king sized sandwich on an Italian loaf of bread
  • GRINDER Sacramento, California joins New England in using the term grinder. According to

In October, we celebrate various holidays like Columbus Day and Halloween. But none of these can stand up to the greatness of Submarine-Hoagie-Hero-Grinder Day, which happens to be today, October 9th. To celebrate the day of the sandwich, we thought we’d take a look at the submarine, the hoagie, the hero, and the grinder, and explain the provenance of these very similar creations. Before we get started, let’s just note that these are all basically the same delicious stuffed-to-the-gills, full-loaf Italian deli meat, cheese, and vegetable sandwiches. The real story lies in how the sub came to be known by a variety of monikers throughout the U.S.

Click through the gallery to find out the origins of the submarine, the hoagie, the hero, and the grinder.


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