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From Pop-Up to Sandwich Emporium: Hoagitos in Belmar

Hoagitos began in 2013 as a pop-up on the Asbury Park boardwalk. In 2016, it expanded to a year-round restaurant in Belmar offering gourmet small hoagies and sliders

The fried chicken BLT.
Photo by Shelby Vittek

807 Belmar Plaza

Open: Breakfast, Fri-Sun; lunch and dinner, daily

Price: $ BYO

Style: Hip eatery specializing in gourmet small sandwiches and sliders, which are smaller. The dining area features cool-toned gray walls, reclaimed wood decor, metal chairs and a mix of high-top and regular tables and counter seating in the windows.

The Scoop: In 2013, owners Mark and Emma Spagnuolo and Terence McGill opened a pop-up sandwich shop in a vendor space on the Asbury Park boardwalk, naming it Hoagitos, blending “hoagie” and “-ito,” the Spanish suffix meaning small. In 2016, they expanded to a year-round sit-down restaurant in the shopping plaza behind the Belmar train station.

The Menu: Hoagitos’s signature sandwiches are made on four-inch hoagie rolls. Each main ingredient—roast beef, turkey, soppressata, roast pork, meatball, brisket, eggplant or portobello—is fleshed out with accoutrements. The fried chicken BLT (pictured) comes with bacon, arugula, tomato, onions, pickles and house-made ranch dressing. The Southern Comfort tops a chicken cutlet with mac and cheese, red cabbage slaw and chili jam. Sliders—chicken, beef or portobello, each with its own embellishments—are two for $8. There’s a soup of the day, salads and sides—go for the risotto balls. For dessert, enjoy a salted chocolate chip cookie.

Heads Up: Check out Hoagitos’s Facebook and Instagram pages for specials. The team is also available for catering.

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