Silly over Philly

The aim here is to snatch up one of those authentic Philadelphia cheesesteaks. In addition, a pizza expert was brought in from Brooklyn and taught the crew how to produce remarkable New York-style pizza.

Co-owned now by Kim Nixon and her father, George Hobson, it was his idea to start the business in 1991 and fueled it to succeed, all because he missed the food he was used to eating while living in Wilmington, Del.

I’ve been a customer for many years, simply because of its consistency. At Hobby’s, a patron never gets taken on a restaurant rollercoaster ride at the restaurant, which now features Boar’s Head meat.

right, Hobby’s Hoagies is family owned and operated since 1991. from left Shelby Jones, George Hobson and Robert Ellzey

Its showstopper pizza is terrific— not too thin, not too thick — with a full range of toppings that go from pepperoni to black olives, mushrooms, onions.

Assisted by Robert Ellvey, my friend and I chose the toppings listed above for its authentic N.Y. thin-crust pizza and ordered two sandwiches, too. The basic large pizza ($9.99, plus an $1 each for extra toppings) was splendid, and we dug in with glee. Free toppings include Parmesan, garlic and oregano.

Other toppings available include sausage, Canadian bacon, hamburger, pineapple, green peppers and crushed cherry peppers. Next up was the zesty Philadelphia cheesesteak done with chopped rib-eye on a freshly made Italian roll. We nibbled on every last bite of this culinary magic. I came back for a blockbuster Reuben ($6.69) on a caraway seed-studded rye bread the next day and found it moist and juicy.

There’s lots more on the menu to please those who are seeking other cuisine, including spaghetti ($6.29) and a meatball sandwich ($5.49), soup ($3.69 a bowl) and loose-meat hamburger subs ($7.19).

At Hobby’s, the thrust is to expose the people in Oklahoma to the food from “Back East.” The  owners
offer a nice selection of cheese from Boar’s Head, along with the
well-respected Boar’s Head meat that can be purchased by the pound. The
Hoagie peppers, called crushed, diced red peppers, are available in
jars, too.

We were impressed with its 13 assorted
flavors of homemade Italian water ice ($1.25, small; $2.25 medium;
$3.25 large) made on the East Coast. The dessert is simple: a mixture of
frozen sugar and water, plus flavoring. Italian water ice was like
eating snow, but what got us giggling — and then exploding into a
full-throttle, throwing-your-headback-and-howling mode — were our
neon-colored tongues. No kidding.

After
scooping up the blueberry version, my friend’s tongue turned a dazzling
blue. Standing on a street corner, he could have stopped traffic by
simply sticking out his tongue.

My
green-apple ice left me with a grass-green line right down the middle of
my tongue. We then asked Nick Walker, who was working behind the
counter, to catch a photo of us so my friend could get a chuckle out of
his 7-year-old daughter.

Fulfill
all your sweet senses with other East Coast desserts, such as Oreo
Cookie Dreams, Strawberry Swirl Cake, Lemon Bars and also 7-Layer bars.

By the way, Hobson hatched some ambitious plans and now has a sister restaurant in downtown OKC, at 325 N. Walker Ave.

“We save you the plane fare,” said Hobson.

Oklahoma
Gazette’s restaurant review policy is to highlight the positive aspects
and include constructive criticism regarding food, ambience or service
when appropriate.

Carol Smaglinski

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