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.

13 Responses to The Hogie Hut

  • Frank Petrone says:

    Man, I haven’t visited this site in so long that I didn’t even recall posting about the Hoagie Hut. Someone asked what Al’s last name was, it was Mileto, or Miletto, I’m not sure of the spelling. Someone posted that as of Dec. 2018 Al was still alive at 92. Hope that’s still the case!

  • PY says:

    Al was the best! “Hey tiger!” “M&m all the way?”

  • Chris Anderson says:

    Just to let everyone know Al is still alive and kicking at 92!!!

  • scotty says:

    Does anyone know Al’s last name or if he is still alive?

  • Donny Brook says:

    I remember the Hoagie Hut. I used to work at Ralphs Grocery store on the corner of 3rd & San Vicente in the mid ’80s. First time I walked in the place I ordered a turkey sandwich with provolone. The owner (Al) grabbed a piece of butcher paper and the hunk of turkey from the glass case and went to the meat slicer and just started slicing and piling a heap of turkey. At first I thought he was slicing meat to replenish what would be used for many sandwiches—-boy was I wrong— all that WENT ON MY SANDWICH! No ‘pre-measured’ packet of meat like many sandwich places today. Al built a sandwich like nobody I ever saw before or since. You never felt slighted or unhappy with a sandwich from the Hoagie Hut. Al’s place is still my benchmark for what a sandwich shop should be like.

  • Frank Petrone says:

    I stumbled upon the Hogie Hut when I first moved to LA from NY and was shocked when I found out that Al was from my old Italian neighborhood, East Harlem. Even when I worked in the heart of Hollywood, I’d make the drive to La Cienega and 3rd most weekdays to eat meatball subs. There were actually guys who hung out there regularly, something you’d NEVER see in LA. It felt like a real NY joint and for many years was the miracle cure I needed for my homesickness. I lost touch with Al when he sold the place and it became some kind of cafe. Does anybody know if Al’s still around?

  • Alexey Chumakov says:

    Al was great, calling you “tiger” etc. My favorite was Beef dip, but other menu options were great as well. After Al, there was some wierd new age dining place, and then nothing.

  • Barbara Benjamin Tadokoro says:

    I worked at UCB which became First Interstate across from the Hoagie Hut. Al was the owner and he had that new York sense of humor. I liked the hot sandwiches the best!!!

  • Jon Stock says:

    I used to work for Def Jam and our offices in the early days (’93-94) were in the Beverly Connection and I
    lived just up the block. Big Al was from Queens and we used to chop it up all the time. Best sub in L.A. ever!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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