Princeton Cheap Eats"Hello everyone, my name is Matt Riley, and I am a Princeton Day School Senior writing a blog on my experiences at local Princeton restaurants as part of my Senior Project."
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Hoagie Haven is certainly the most famous hoagie place in Princeton if not the world. Photos of loyal customers wearing their Hoagie Haven t-shirts all over the planet cover the wall next to the cash register. I’ve been going to Haven for well over a decade, and it certainly deserves all the hype it gets. I can’t remember a time when I was the only one in the store.
Let me warn you, if you’re looking for a light, healthy snack, this might not be the right place for you – there is literally a sandwich called the Heart Attack. Two of the most popular hoagies are the Sanchez: chicken cutlet, American cheese, mozzarella sticks, fries, and Sanchez sauce ($6/$11); and the Phat Lady: cheesesteak, mozzarella sticks, fries, ketchup, and hot sauce ($5.50/$10.50). The menu has a long and diverse list of creations with American, Italian, Greek, Mexican, and Southern styles. My personal favorite is the Sanchez. With all those ingredients packed into one sandwich, each bite is a new surprise. The signature Sanchez sauce adds a sweet flame and really ties it all together. Haven does their sandwiches big - a half is usually more than enough, and a whole is an accomplishment. These sandwiches are the ones that make you sit down for a while before resuming any activities. The prices are great too. Most subs are under $6 and will leave you stuffed. Even though it’s not the most nutritious place in town, the bread is delivered every day fresh from the Italian People’s Bakery.
The Maltabes brothers run the store, as well as Slice Between and George’s Roasters and Ribs right next door. They’re often the ones at the cashier and are a friendly, outgoing bunch. Because HH is so popular, at night and weekends, it’s usually packed. With the high-energy crowd in close quarters, it’s often loud and bustling. Haven is almost always open. They really only close when people stop coming, which on weekends often isn’t until passed 2:00 or 3:00AM. The store itself isn’t all that big, and there are only few stools inside for seating and a couple benches outside.
Whether you leave with one of their notorious hoagies or famous t-shirts, you won’t forget the time you went to Hoagie Haven.
242 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ 08542
Mon-Fri 8:30AM - Late
Sat-Sun 9:00AM - Late
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