Hoagies revisited (aka Wedge)

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Thu Jun 5 14:29:00 UTC 2003

Another contribution to our researches into food history.  (Whatever Barry has seems to be catching.)

A week or so ago, Larry Horn called our attention to an article in the NYTimes Wednesday Food section on the Hoagie.  The article also prompted the following letter, in this Wednesday's paper:
"Your article . . . and the many names for a sandwich made on hero bread brought to mind an experience I had in Brooklyn.  I have lived in Yonkers all of my life, and we refer to the hero/hoagie/grinder/submarine as a wedge.  When I went to a coffee shop in Brooklyn, they had a sign listing meatballs as a sandwich special of the day, and I ordered a meatball wedge and they hadn't a clue as to what I was talking about!  Eric W. Schoen, Yonkers.  (NYTimes, June 4, 2003, section F, p. 8, col. 6)


George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern Univ. Pr., 1998.

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