Visit South Philly Hoagies, and you’ll discover it’s much more than just hoagies. Although it’s located in Mechanicsburg, the restaurant provides enough taste of the City of Brotherly Love to save you the trip.
Of course, that does mean lots of hoagies. Hot and cold hoagies come in small, large and baby sizes averaging between $4.50-$14.75. All cold hoagies come with lettuce, tomato, red onions and Italian dressing (with mayonnaise and pickles available on request).
The Italian Special hoagie – built with two types of ham, salami, capicola and cheese – is a natural favorite. Hot hoagies come in a dozen different varieties, including four takes on the iconic Philadelphia cheesesteak (one of which is actually called a California cheesesteak; it comes with onions and mayonnaise).
Chris Sweeney, who works as a cook for owners Scott and Lisa Henry, says the cheesesteaks are the most popular items on the menu. “We get our bread from Philly,” Sweeney says. “And we don’t skimp on the meat.”
South Philly Hoagies also offers party hoagies – those extra-long sandwiches that can feed any crowd. A two-foot hoagie serves 12-15 people and costs $25, or you can go all out and spend $68-$72 for a six-foot-long monster that feeds 25-30 of your best friends.
If you’re not into hoagies, the restaurant offers plenty of other options. Sandwiches – all under $7 – feature simple ingredients like basic ham and Swiss served on mouth-watering Bavarian pretzel rolls. Wraps, salads, burgers and a variety of sides round out the menu, which also has a special section for kids.
The restaurant’s decor should make any Philly sports fan proud. The walls display pictures of all the Philly sports stadiums, along with a John Ritchie jersey. (Mechanicsburg is the former Eagles football player’s hometown.)
In November, South Philly Hoagies moved from its original Mechanicsburg location at 4955 Carlisle Pike to a new home at 5519 Carlisle Pike – just over two miles down the road. According to Sweeney, business has remained steady through the transition. It seems that good food and a solid brand have set up South Philly Hoagies for success.
• 5519 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg; 766-5519
• Daily, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.