The Hogie Hut

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The best submarine sandwiches in town used to come from a place called The Hogie Hut which was located near (not on) the Southeast corner of La Cienega and 3rd Street.  I lived about a block away for a while so I was often in there having the meatball sub, which was quite delicious and filling.  Half of one could feed you for a day but alas, meatball sandwiches don’t keep well.  There never seemed to be any point taking half home so I’d always overeat, stuffing down a half more than I really wanted.

Their house special was a thing called the Godfather, which was quite an array of Italian cold cuts, lettuce, tomato and provolone.  All of their sandwiches were available in lengths of three feet and above for parties but the manager there told me once that most people who bought by the yard ordered the Godfather.  He told me this as his staff was wheeling out the components of one that would look like it was eight feet long at some party.  Of course, it was really eight foot-long sandwiches lined up and cut into two-inch segments.

I was surprised when this place went away.  It seemed like an institution there on Third Street, right across from the Souplantation.  There were times I’d be sitting in the Souplantation eating soup and healthier fare, looking out the window and thinking how nice a big meatball sub, bulging with meatballs and dripping cheese and marinara sauce would be.

4 Responses to The Hogie Hut

  • Brian says:

    I used to work at the Beverly Center across the street and I would get bored with the food inside the mall, plus who wants to spend the entire day in the mall. I would head across the street to the hogie hut. This was the closest thing to an Italian deli that I know if LA. What a great place and staff there. I loved all the old photos of all the New York baseball teams and sandwiches were to die for. What a shame the place it no longer. Glad I have such vivid memories of it.

  • Jon Williams says:

    I think the owner’s name was Al? I worked down the street from there in the mid 70’s. Best sandwich was the pepperoni & egg (not sure it was on the menu), maybe something you were offered only after coming in enough times.

    I remember the owner telling me he had worked as a private detective before opening the store. Mostly scouring L.A. for runaway’s during the 60’s.

  • Anne Freeman says:

    the owners name was denitely Al. The place was great. And he was a hoot. His main source of income was he was a bookie. Fun to watch the “customers” come in and pay him stacks of hundreds for a Godfather.

  • tim says:

    Rember being here shortly after it opened about 73-74. Knew Al as a player not a bookie but he had a few bookies hanging around at night. For years Al tried to get me to buy the place so he could move to Palm Springs. Told me I could make a fortune if I got a beer and wine license. For over 20 years I went he would always call me tiger. Good memories.

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