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Friday, January 27, 2023

When most people want a sandwich, they probably go to Firehouse or Subway.  While both chain restaurants have something good to offer, I have learned that the chain sub shops never compare to local sandwich shops. Gainesville has Hogan’s, whose slogan is “great sandwiches." I decided to find out myself if the words hold true.

Hogan’s opened as a local sandwich shop in 1983. They offer a wide variety of heros and subs. If you’re not a sandwich person, Hogan’s also offers a selection of salads. However, the most noticeable difference between Hogan’s and other sandwich shops is the Bomb Shelter, which is their large collection of domestic and import beer and wine.

I ordered the #1, a hero with ham, cappicola, salami, proscuittini and provolone cheese on wheat ($7.65 for  a 12-in).  I added peppers and oil and vinegar for a hint of spice.  When I unwrapped the sandwich, I could already tell it was going to be worth it.  It was filled with meat, and was by far the biggest sandwich I ever bought. 

The cheese was perfectly melted, and the meats blended together to make the most savory taste I ever experienced.  For me, the peppers definitely made the sandwich, but it would have been just as delicious without them. 

I never had cappicola or proscuittini before, but they are two meats everyone should eat sometime in their life.


My boyfriend ordered the pastrami and corned beef on white bread, served hot ($7.75 for a 12-in).  

He ordered the sandwich without any condiments because he was unsure what would go well with the sandwich. He enjoyed the sandwich plain, saying it was one of the best sandwiches he ever had. When he got home, he added a bit of mustard to compare the taste of the plain sandwich, and felt that it was better without anything added. 

His sandwich was piled with meat and cheese, as well. Neither of us was able to eat more than a quarter of the sandwich at a time, so it lasted for many meals.


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Good For: Lunch, Dinner

Must Try: Ham, Cappicola, Salami, Prsocuittini and Provolone Combination Hero; Hot Reuben; Pastrami and Corned Beef

Hours: 10 a.m – 12 a.m. Mon – Sat, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sun

Location: 2327 NW 13th St, Gainesville, FL and 5156 SW 34th St, Gainesville, FL

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