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Jersey’s Thursdays: Jersey Turnpike Hot Hoagie & Pennsauken Parmigiana

Last week was a bust due to a work conflict, but congratulations to Jersey’s Café for their successful filming for Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives! I can’t wait to see their episode. :)

Anyway this week was on the house! Thanks to the owner, Blair Laing for that! Naturally, a complimentary meal comes with a catch. The catch being that he got to pick what we ate. We’re not complaining though, they were both delicious in their own ways.

The Jersey Turnpike Hot Hoagie and The Pennsauken Parmigiana

The Jersey Turnpike Hot Hoagie and The Pennsauken Parmigiana

Let’s start with the Jersey Turnpike Hot Hoagie:

Jersey Turnpike Hot Hoagie: Ham, pepperoni, tomato, onion, and green bell peppers, and provolone cheese with shredded lettuce, crumbled bacon, hot peppers, and pepper parmesan sauce. $7.99

Jersey Turnpike Hot Hoagie: Ham, pepperoni, tomato, onion, and green bell peppers, and provolone cheese with shredded lettuce, crumbled bacon, hot peppers, and pepper parmesan sauce. $7.99

This sandwiches flavor profile is every bit as much of a rainbow as its appearance. Just like with the Dr. Jazz, the peppery parmesan and pepperoni combination won me over again. I love the peppery bite with the subtle hints of creamy. This one was another shining example of a roller coaster ride of flavors. Each bite seemed to have a little bit of everything. Of course, it was hard to get all of those flavors into eat bite as always, but that makes eating it more of an adventure!

Sherrel cuts the Jersey Turnpike Hot Hoagie

Sherrel cuts the Jersey Turnpike Hot Hoagie

Look at that cheese!

Look at that cheese!

Switching sides, let’s now look at the Pennsauken Parmigiana:

Pennsauken Parmigiana: Italian seasoned roast pork with roasted red bell peppers, red sauce, and provolone cheese in an Italian roll. $8.99

Pennsauken Parmigiana: Italian seasoned roast pork with roasted red bell peppers, red sauce, and provolone cheese in an Italian roll. $8.99

Pennsauken cross section

Pennsauken cross section

This sandwich is the exact opposite palatal experience of the Jersey Turnpike. This one does one single slice of the whole possible taste profile and it does it well, it was the perfect choice to balance out the rainbow of the Jersey Turnpike. Starting out, the roast pork itself was bold and flavorful. I would have been happy just eating that, though my doctors wouldn’t. 😉 Add in sauce and cheese and the flavors all blended together analogously and accented the sandwiches statement very well. This one had no surprises, no curve balls, just straight forward goodness. I would consider this to be a no nonsense “manly” sandwich. If you have a friend whose idea of food is meat, cheese, and potatoes, order them this while you have something fancier. (though in this case, fancier doesn’t necessarily mean tastier)

This week Sherrel also ordered a bowl of chili:

Jersey's Cafe Chili

Jersey's Cafe Chili

Close Up Chili

Close Up Chili

Typically I’m not a fan of restaurant chili because my mom’s chili is very different, and you know how people tend to gravitate toward their mom’s chili. This tasted startling like her chili, just a little heartier. At least I know where to go if I have the craving. ^_^

See you next week!

Jersey’s Thursdays is weekly ongoing quest to review the entire menu at Jersey’s Café in Carmel, IN. For more information, check out the initial post about the project.



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