Subway: Subway offers a new foot long sandwich meal for (http://www.subway.com/en-us) $6.00 every day at participating locations, and National Hoagie Day is no different.
Togo's: This West Coast chain (restaurants are located in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Arizona), has a (http://www.togos.com/) $6.50 daily deal every day, including on National Hoagie Day.
You see a hoagie, a grinder, a sub, and a hero are one and the same thing.
The names also fall into several distinct patterns of origin, from the shape (sub, torpedo, rocket, zeppelin, blimpie, and bomber), from the size (hero, hoagie), from ethnic association (Italian sandwich, Cuban sandwich), from the type of bread used (muffuletta, spuckie), or from the fact that the sandwich is a cheap meal (poor boy).
I learned my first exotic name for the sandwich, hoagie, during my earliest school days.
Hence, hoagie was somewhat of foreign term to the Jersey Shore of my childhood.
The word hoagie first appears in print in 1945, with alternate spellings like hoogie and hoggie appearing as early as 1941.
Other suggestions as to the origin of hoagie include: hoke sandwich, favored by hoboes who were on the hoke; a reference to the pork or hog meat in the sandwich; honky sandwich, called that by blacks who saw whites eating them; and hookey sandwich, favored by kids skipping school who would buy them from sidewalk vendors.
Like hoagie, the word hero penetrated into the local vocabulary just far enough to become familiar.
The name was chosen by the chain's founders, a combination of blimp, from the shape of the sandwich, and the -ie ending from hoagie.
So my childhood was subs, with the occasional hoagie or hero or a trademarked blimpie.
* Four, 8-inch specially formulated, Vito Hoagie Rolls that are parbaked so that the consumer can finish them off at home for a freshly baked taste.
The Fully Cooked Beef Hoagie Kit falls right in line with what today's shoppers are looking for.