The torpedo-shaped sandwich that so many of us love to munch has a variety of names: sub, hoagie, hero, grinder; but it tastes the same no matter what we call it. Great sub shops abound in Lancaster County. Here are some of the best.
Bruno’s sells what founder Jedd Erdman refers to as “traditional Philadelphia-style hoagies.” The bread is baked in Philly and shipped in daily, and Bruno’s gives you the option of a hard or soft roll—the debate between which is better is almost as divisive as the sub/hoagie argument. The house special, “The Bruno,” features prosciutto, fresh mozzarella and roasted red peppers.
Locations in Lititz, East Lampeter Township and Downtown Lancaster
Caruso’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
Caruso’s bakes its own bread, which automatically puts it near the top of the list. Seasoned carnivores will want to try the Iggy Hero: turkey, roast beef, ham, sweet peppers, red onions, oil and balsamic.
2719 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601; Caruso's also has locations on Fruitville Pike in Lancaster and in Quarryville, Rothsville, Silver Spring, Neffsville and Willow Street, but the Neffsville location lies at the heart of this 30-year operation.
Cravings Gourmet Deli
Tucked back off the east side of Oregon Pike opposite Lancaster Shopping Center, this friendly little deli uses Dietz & Watson meats in its subs. In addition to the standard offerings, Cravings sells pastrami (delicious) and corned beef subs. All subs are served with lettuce, tomato and onion and come on Amoroso rolls.
109 Butler Ave, Lancaster, PA 17601
Nino’s New York-Style Pizza
Thomas Campus Grille
Maybe the best subs in town. The menu lists 15 specialty hoagies, all named after places or landmarks in New York City. Most of the hoagies fall in the $7-to-$9 range, like the Astoria, with feta cheese, kalamata olives, pepperoncini, green peppers, lettuce, tomato, onion and vinaigrette. For a couple bucks more you can get the Manhattan, but when you bite into it, you’ll know why it costs more. The hoagie contains hot capicola, genoa salami, prosciutto, provolone, lettuce, tomato, onion and vinaigrette. It’s worth the splurge.
Franklin & Marshall College, 430 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17603
— Michael Long