Zeps at Eve's and Lou's, Norristown, PA

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2009/12/09 10:00:08 (permalink)

Zeps at Eve's and Lou's, Norristown, PA

What's a Zep? How is it different from a Hoagie? I think I'll make a visit to nearby Norristown and try a Zep. I've never had one in all the years I've lived here:
 
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/homepage/20091209_Local_hero__Norristown_s_zep_sandwich.html
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    Re:Zeps at Eve's and Lou's, Norristown, PA 2009/12/09 10:26:20 (permalink)
    acer2x, I believe it it just a regional name for a hoagie, sub, etc.
     
    My absolute favorite in Norristown is Santangelo's.
     
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    Re:Zeps at Eve's and Lou's, Norristown, PA 2009/12/09 11:46:36 (permalink)
    The article states that it's more than a different name:

    This is burdensome history for simple workingman's food - but then again, it's a heavy sandwich. Enough salami to cover a foot of wide, golden-crusted roll, enough provolone to cover the salami, thumb-thick chunks of raw onion and slabs of tomato across the whole thing. Add oregano, salt, pepper, and olive oil to taste. Hot pepper relish if desired. And that's it.
    In a strict sense, the zep is little but a variation on the traditional hoagie, with no lettuce and only one meat.
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    Re:Zeps at Eve's and Lou's, Norristown, PA 2009/12/09 12:22:07 (permalink)
    Zep is short for Zeppelin.

    You like potato and I like potahto...

    Of course each will have a variation but for the most part it's a sub:
    Blimpie (New Jersey)
    Bomber
    Cosmo (Northern Central Pennsylvania)
    Grinder (Midwest, New England)
    Hero (New York)
    Hoagie (Philadelphia)
    Italian Sandwich (New England)
    Poor boy (Saint Louis)
    Po-boy (Southern Louisiana)
    Rocket
    Spuckie (Boston)
    Submarine
    Torpedo (New York, New Jersey)
    Tunnel (New England)
    Wedge (New York)
    Zeppelin (New Jersey, Pennsylvania)
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    Re:Zeps at Eve's and Lou's, Norristown, PA 2009/12/09 15:50:56 (permalink)
    acer2x

    The article states that it's more than a different name:

    This is burdensome history for simple workingman's food - but then again, it's a heavy sandwich. Enough salami to cover a foot of wide, golden-crusted roll, enough provolone to cover the salami, thumb-thick chunks of raw onion and slabs of tomato across the whole thing. Add oregano, salt, pepper, and olive oil to taste. Hot pepper relish if desired. And that's it.
    In a strict sense, the zep is little but a variation on the traditional hoagie, with no lettuce and only one meat.

     
    I think we need to do lots of research on this subject.  I will be at Santangelo's in about 2 weeks to get the ball rolling
     
    I tried the sausage at Lou's once.  It didn't impress me so I never went back. 
     
     
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    Re:Zeps at Eve's and Lou's, Norristown, PA 2009/12/09 16:29:03 (permalink)
    Coincidentally, I just posted on another board:

    I grew up eating zeps in Royersford. They could be cooked salami as is traditional but also hard salami or ham, which I know is heresy to some. I haven't been to Lou's lately but have been to Eve's. Have to say I'm not a big fan of the thick slabs of things in my sandwich, preferring thinner sliced tomatoes and onions. However, it is a great sandwich and the Conshy roll is the absolute best. I prefer it much better than my number 2 roll, Sarcone's.

    Lettuce on a zep or hoagie was foreign to me for many years and thought it was just wasted filler.  That there are different names and slight regional and local variations to a dish or sandwich is one of the essences of roadfood; food that is familiar but at the same time different being modified due to geography or culture.
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    Re:Zeps at Eve's and Lou's, Norristown, PA 2009/12/23 12:53:41 (permalink)
    Just thought I would add my $0.02 here...was speaking to one of the old timers who grew up off of Main Street in Norristown when the Zep first came to town.  He claims that it was invented and named after a tall, out-of-towner named Jimmy "The Zep" Pascuzzi, who owned a small sandwich shop on Main Street.  He claims that Linfante's Drug Store started making the same sandwich, calling it a Zep, which was basically salami, provolone, oil, tomatoes, and onions. 
     
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    Re:Zeps at Eve's and Lou's, Norristown, PA 2010/02/14 18:09:18 (permalink)
    A couple good places for zeps in Conshy (both take-out only):

    Lenny's Italian Deli at 9th & Fayette - also great Italian roast pork sandwiches!
    Pete's Deli on Hector St. near Quaker Chemical
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