The Original BLIMPIES
Hoboken New Jersey
Yeah I love Subs. I grew up in Jersey, Loving Subs, Burgers, Hotdogs, and eating many a meal in Diners, Burger Joints, and Sub Shops. My Dad was a great guy who would take us kids to all the best diners and burger joints around. Oh favorite was Geeshen’s Luncheonette in East Rutherford, right near our house/ They made great Burgers there, along with homemade Ice Cream, and Chocolates for Easter and Valetines Day. Yeah it was great place, that I loved sitting at a booth with my brother Jimmy, Sister Baz, and Daddy, ordering up some tasty burgers and dropping a quarter in the Jukebox right there at our booth, to play our favorite songs. Yeah we loved that place, but weren’t we talking about Blimpies and Submarine Sandwiches? Yes!
OK, Submarine Sandwiches. Yes, they were on our radar, though we ate more Burgers, and even Hotdogs at Rutt’s Hut, “Home of The Ripper,” deep-fried hot-dogs. We loved Subs too, which we’d usually get at The Sub Stop in Passaic, just over the bridge on the Passaic River. The Sub Stop was an old Railroad Train Caboose that some people bought and turned it into a Subnarine Shop. My brother Jimmy and I loved it, and we got many a tasty Submarine Sandwich there over the years, especially when we worked at Crossroads, a Christmas Tree lot, where we sold Christmas Trees and made Wreaths and grave blankets during the Christmas Season every year from the ages of 12 to 16. One we turned 17, and could drive, we got other jobs, and especially now, we could drive to the Sub Stop to get sandwiches any time at all. Once in a while we’d get Subs at Pizzatown on Route 46, but when there, the Calzone was my favorite, as Pizzatown was the only place to get them at the time. A few times we went to Blimpies in Moonachie. I’ve always loved the subs they make at Blimpies, and it really bummed me out when the Blimpies on 6th Avenue in Greenwich Village close, as well as the Blimpie’s on 4th Avenue as well.
Now, I can’t talk about Submarine Sandwiches and not talk about our favorite Sub Sandwich of all, the one at “Mike’s Subs” (Now Mr. Best) in Lake George. Dam they made tasty sandwiches, and we always got a couple on any of our many trips up there to the lake, which was my father’s and brother Jimmy’s favorite vacation place of all. I’d never leave Lake George without getting a sandwich from Mike’s Subs to take on the ride back home to New Jersey.
So, once I moved to Manhattan, a couple times a month, I’d get a sub at Blimpies, until all of them closed. I had thought there were none left, but there actually are. I thought I’d Google them to see if there was still one somewhere in Manhattan. I was reading about another of my favorites, White House Subs in Atlantic City and it got my thinking of these great sandwiches, so I did a search of Blimpie’s, and “I’ll be Dammed,” there’s one (Blimpie’s) down on Nassau Street, and one in Harlem as well, and guess what? Later on, I’m going down there to get one. As I said before, as I’d been thinking of White House Subs and how much I miss them , I’m even contemplating traveling a 100 miles, all the way to Atlantic City, just to get one. Well at least I can travel all the way down to the Wall Street area to get my Blimpie Fix.
Daniel Bellino Zwicke
Read about WHITE HOUSE SUBS “The BEST in AMERICA”
After Burgers and Pizza, these Buffalo Chicken Wings may very well be America’s 3rd most popular dish. And guess what? They’re not just American, they’re Italian American Teressa Bellissimo one night at her families Anchor Bar in Buffalo New York. Legend has it that Teressa’s son Dom was hanging out at the bar one night with his buddy’s. The guys were hungry so Mamma Bellissimo whipped up a little snack for the boys. Teressa fried up some wings, made a little hot sauce and coated the wings with them. And served them to the boys. They went nuts they loved them. They started serving them as a free at the bar for the bar customers. It was just a matter of weeks before all of Buffalo found out about these tasty wings. They became famous almost over night, whereby the Bellissimo’s stopped serving them for free at the bar and put them on the menu. The Bellissimo’s served Italian Food at their Anchor Bar, and the Italian Food was quite special. However the Bellisimo’s tasty Chicken Wings quickly out sold all the regular Italian Specialty Dishes and the Bellissimo’s Wings became the number 1 best seller on the menu. Not only that, but Teressa’s Italian-American created Chicken
Wings became uber famous all over America and subsequently all over the World. That’s Italian, “Italian-American.”
36 chicken wing pieces
(one wing makes 2 pieces – the “flat” & the drum)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
6 tablespoons Frank’s Hot Sauce (or other)
6 tablespoons unsalted Butter or Margarine
1 bottle of Blue Cheese Dressing
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Cut whole wings into two pieces at the joint. In a bowl toss the wings with the oil, and salt. Place into a large plastic shopping bag, and add the flour. Shake to coat evenly. Remove wings from the bag, shaking off excess flour, and spread out evenly on oiled foil-lined baking pan(s). Do not crowd. Bake for about 20 minutes, turn the wings over, and cook another 20 minutes, or until the wings are cooked through and browned.
While the Wings are baking, mix all the ingre-dients for the sauce in a pan, and cook over low heat for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
After the Wings are cooked, remove from oven. Place wings in a large bowl and pour sauce over wings to coat. Mix thoroughly. Serve with Blue Cheese Dressing and fresh Celery Spears.
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