Opened in 1958, Sonny’s Famous Steak Hogies is an icon for comfort food fans in Hollywood, Florida. I’ve known about Sonny’s for years and I’m embarrassed to say that I had never made it up here till now.
As I got off of my car I was slapped in the face with the most mesmerizing grilled steak smell. I was left in a trance. No, I was actually left in a trance and couldn’t order. It doesn’t help that there are fresh baked hogie breads all over the place either. I could not get my words out. My cousin Fred who was with me, laughed and had to take over ordering duties while I tried to come back to my senses.
They ask that you to order the Steak Hogies by number which is why Fred had to jump in before. The original plan was to eat in but those changed when I realized how late it was getting, it became a to go order. We ordered a #50 and a Meatball Hogie with Mozzarella. A #50 is a Steak Hogie with Sauce and Fried Onions, we add Provolone Cheese for good measure.
We’re handed our hogies, head to my car and realize there is no way we can drive for 45 minutes back home with that smell. We bust open the subs and I first try the Meatball Hogie. It’s covered in cheese and their homemade sauce on one of their homemade rolls, you already know this is a setup for success. The balls are moist and full of that great meatball taste. Yes, I just used the word meatball as an adjective, so what! It was very meatbally and very good.
Before we get to the steak hogie, I thought their burger hogie deserved a mention. Not because I had one but because I watched them putting a fresh patty on the flat top and it should be noted to the burger aficionados.
I probably should have had a #90 (Steak with Onions) and added Provolone just to get a good idea of what a “standard” cheese steak tastes like here. I didn’t and am glad we went the sauced route. It added a dimension to a cheese steak I hadn’t experienced. I’ve tried the “with Mushrooms or Peppers” but that doesn’t do it for me. I could really get with this version but since I just had to, we went back and ordered a #90 while still in the parking lot to compare. I liked the #50 and it may grow on me but I loved the #90, standard it is.
I suggest you watch Sonny’s Famous Steak Hogies on Diners Drive-Ins and Dives. It shows what a restaurant committed to quality goes through daily to serve you.
So what are you waiting for? Just go &