The Northeast is crawling with city planners these days, thanks to the city’s Philadelphia2035 comprehensive plan and the need to create master zoning and improvement projects for Philly’s countless neighborhoods.
Over the weekend, three such planners took time off from their usual duties to visit the Tacony Hoagie Trail and put the sandwiches to the test. The trio visited DeNofa’s, Fink’s and Jack’s, and tried a specialty and Italian hoagie from each to see which sandwich they like best. “The unanimous winner of the Specialty category was DeNofa’s Ernie. Despite our general distaste for mayo on hoagies, in this case it complimented the homemade hot Italian sausage perfectly. This sandwich scored first on all three ballots. The trip to Tacony was worth it for this sandwich alone.” If you ask us, no mayo on a hoagie is like no ketchup on a cheeseteak. But to each their own. When it came to picking the best Italian hoagie, the planners had to agree to disagree.