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Perfect lunch satisfies low carb requirements

 By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

Hogans13thLast week I was lunching out with Lynn Dirk at Hogan's on NW 13th St. When the server placed a delicious looking tomato crown with tuna fish, peppers, cottage cheese, and onions in front of me.

"That is the perfect low carb lunch," I exclaimed to Captain Dirk as I gleefully scooped up a bite of cottage cottage cheese.

I was reminded the next day of my Friday lunch when I came across a story proclaiming we were all eating wrong and needed to focus more on out intake of carbohydrates:

Research suggests that mice given fewer calories to eat live longer. So it seems that separating what we eat from how much we eat is important in terms of understanding human health, and that's hard to do when countries as a whole have unusually gluttonous habits.

Gluttonous habits.

HOGANSmeatless300That's a nice way of saying in my opinion 'clean your plate' shouldn't be today's standard for meal consumption.

Somehow, for what reason I'm not really sure of, I have learned to not eat with two hands. I'm proud of the fact that I can no longer finish a whole lunch entrée. Smaller entrees, sharing have become the GLOB Master's modus operandi.

This is why I was feeling good about the Hogan's Tomato Crown lunch in front of me. All the flavors were there. The tart, sour pickle and crunchy onions. A medley of several peppers some marinated, others crunchy. A good size tomato sliced into wedges with a nice scoop of tuna fish salad beckoning me to enjoy the creamy flavors of the tuna fish and mayo combined with the yummy flavors of the gooey, fresh taste of the tomato.

Did you know Tomatoes are the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.

More important for the small price of under $6 the Tomato crown is a delicious cabaret of flavors satisfying my appetite while making the GLOB Master feel smart and full.



How good was my lunch. It was only once or twice did I think about asking Lynn to share her toasted Hogan's sub with provolone cheese, mayo, lettuce, tomato. onions, vinegar, black olives, and sweet peppers with no stems. When I finally succumbed to my white bread desires and suggested we share our lunches Lynn's reply was a surprising, "Eat your own lunch."




Foot longs, hoagies, subs -- I was growing tired of sandwiches in cheddar and onion, sourdough, or multi-grain sandwich rolls. I wanted a sandwich like my momma used to make when I was kid. That's when I remembered Hogan's Great Sandwiches had a menu category called 'Deli Sandwiches' where I could have regular sliced bread. When I got to Hogan's, I asked the customer-friendly server at the counter, Kayla, what her favorite sandwich was, she replied, "The Proscuittini is an Italian, peppered ham that is REALLY good on a sandwich." She convinced me and I ordered The Proscuittini Deli Sandwich on toasted, dark rye bread with provolone cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, chopped banana peppers, and spicy mustard. OMG! I was in real sandwich heaven. The toasted rye bread complemented the crunchy lettuce and juicy tomato slices; the spicy mustard and peppers opened my eyes; and the ham with a recognizable taste and crunch of black pepper created a hearty flavor. Along with the macaroni salad and dill pickle spear, I had a fabulous lunch that was large enough I would have happily shared it with a lunch partner. Too bad I was lunching alone and had to eat the entire sandwich myself.

- GLOB Master




Reuben Royalty: 'The way momma likes it'

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

I just made a second shift lunch stop.

Hogans13thWinding up some great conversation, talking a little football with some friends it was time for a sandwich. Not just any sandwich. I was tired of sub-sandwiches, hoagies, french roll delights, Cuban sandwiches. I wanted a sandwich like my momma used to make,

You know what I'm talking about. A toasted rye or pumpernickel bread, stacks of sliced meat, textures, flavors on top of flavors.

Hogan's Great Sandwiches on NW 13th St. has just what my mother would have prescribed.

Walking into Hogan's I immediately check the tables on the right to see how many folks are sitting, waiting for their sandwiches.



I've never been in this place that there isn't at least on customer waiting for their order. With a very long list of regulars, locals, and returning happy customers it is easy to see why Hogan's is one of the more popular spots for sandwich connoisseurs.

However it's a civilized waiting process in Hogan's. No lines to stand in, or unhappy children invading your space. Heck, if 'waiting is the hardest part,' you can walk back, have a beer and catch the latest sports news on one of the many TV screens in the bar area.



Megan and Elton the customer friendly tandem behind the counter greeted me a smile. I'm not sure they were ready for all of my questions.

"What would you order if you were me Meagan?"

"How many sandwiches do you make in a shift Elton?"

"What sandwich makes you groan, 'OH NO' when it's ordered?"

Elton knows his business. He answered all my questions while never missing a beat making the two sandwiches in front of him.

"Try the Reuben Mike now that's a good sandwich,' Elton suggested. "Thousand island dressing, a tiny bit of spicy mustard, sauerkraut, and a mountain of thinly sliced, wonderful corn beef."

Elton might've talked me into the corn beef sandwich, but I am very happy he did.

It was fun watching Elton hone his craft. Did you see the GLOB news video of the Japanese knife company's guy slicing the tomato into 140 slices? That knife seller in England has nothing on Elton.

I wanted to ask him to make the sign of Zorro with his blade but I refrained thinking I would end up with a giant slashed 'Z' on my shirt.

The Reuben sandwich was superb, and I have also made two new friends in my quest for sandwich nirvana.

You know what? I'm going back to Hogan's real soon.

The Pluses and Minuses of Hogan's Great Sandwiches:

Hogan's Great Sandwiches THE PLUS (+) indicators: I M O Hogan's makes some of the best sandwiches in the GLOB.

Hogan's Great Sandwiches THE MINUS (-) indicators: Popularity breeds business. You will have to wait for your sandwich, but it's not a bad wait.




Hogan's has a nice alternative to the sandwich on the menu: The Tomato Crown. No, it's not a fancy carved out tomato stuffed with a salad, but it's still good. It's a quartered tomato with a scoop of salad – chicken, tuna, or egg -- in the middle with a side of cottage cheese and a boiled egg. It's very good, but I am not a big fan of cottage cheese. I AM a very big fan of Hogan's sweet and hot peppers, so I got a great idea: substitute peppers and onions for the cottage cheese and get potato salad instead of the typical options. I've done this before and it worked very well. I just spend a little time chopping up the peppers and onions and mixing them into the potato salad. YUM! Last time I tried this however, the substitutions were just too complicated for the cook, and the amounts did not come out right. This time, I tried a different strategy and even the waitress thought it looked very good: I just got all sides and requested they all be put on a plate together: egg salad, potato salad, sweet peppers, hot peppers, and onions. I chopped up the veggies and mixed it all together and it was as good as the tomato crown. I didn't miss the tomato as, let's face it, tomatoes ain't what they used to be, but it was still a great meatless meal for about $5 – if you don't mind doing a little chopping!

- Lynn Dirk

Offer your GLOB comments, lunch photographs and opinions about Hogan's Great Sandwiches.  Please identify your opinions with a PLUS SIGN (+) for positive comments, and a MINUS SIGN (-) for your negative comments.  - THANKS!

Last modified onTuesday, 10 September 2019 05:43

Additional Info

  • Phone Number: 376-6244
  • Address: 2327 NW 13th St., Gaineville, FL
  • Urban GLOB Location: 13th St
  • Latitude: 29.6743618
  • Longitude: -82.3390535


  • michelle CV
    michelle CV Friday, 19 September 2014 11:27 Comment Link

    After reading your review of Hogan's the other day, I decided to give them a try. Wow, you did not lie. What a great sandwich. We saw a couple eating salads, and that sure looks like an good option, too! Four of us went, and two of us could not finish our food. Really good sandwiches, really great prices, and so many choices! We started making plans to go there again before we had even left the place. Thanks, Mike!


  • Angie Shepherd Keen
    Angie Shepherd Keen Thursday, 24 October 2013 11:53 Comment Link

    If you haven't had a Hogan's sub Oh My....YOU ARE MISSIN THE BOMB!!! (Hey, that's catchy.... ;)) No other Cuban I have had compares to Hogan's. I have them on speed dial, and especially like them on Sundays now because, well, see for yourself and check them out in the free Gator Buck$. They have a buy one, get one special on Sundays that will have you enjoying plenty of your favorite sub!!

  • Jon Roosenraad
    Jon Roosenraad Wednesday, 20 February 2013 09:08 Comment Link

    As that entire section of NW 13th Street looks like a WWII bomb site, it is great to see this place survive and after so many years. A real local institution.

    Across the street it is sad to see the location of the old Morrison's sit empty after a cafeteria was there for 50 years!

  • BOB
    BOB Friday, 01 October 2010 11:29 Comment Link


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