Honestly Joe had a smile from ear to ear as soon as he saw the sign... Even more so as he hunkered into a booth. That smile never went away as he ordered "halfa regular" and a "halfa cheese steak," adamant that this was no Philly cheese steak! And honestly "halfa" sub is about a foot long!
The White House opened in 1946 by Anthony Basile and his Aunt Basilia and Uncle Fritz. Today their kids carry on the tradition.
Maybe the kids have been serving subs a little too long... There ain't no service with a smile. Half a sub will set you back about 6 bucks but it's about enough to feed a family of 6! The "regular" is jam-packed (and I mean it) with salami, provolone, ham, coppacolla, tomatoes, lettuce and onions plus this spicy hot pepper relish that I couldn't get enough of! And the soft bread is what makes it!
I'd just been at the James Beard Awards where they give five restaurants in the US an American Classic Award. It's always the best part of the Awards. Just that slice of Americana is worth a trip to NY to see the people who receive them! As I tried to wrap my mouth around the sub I thought, this place should get an American Classics Beard Award. As we walked out the door, I noticed the Award hanging behind the cash register right next to the toothpicks!