Eats for Under $7: Sonny's Steak Hogies

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I walked into Sonny's Famous Steak Hogie shop in Hollywood around 3 p.m. on a Saturday. I was expecting the place to be empty as not many rational people choose cheese steaks as their midafternoon snack. Sonny's was most certainly not empty. About half of the tables were occupied and a half dozen people waited in line for their takeout orders. This is almost always a promising sign of a restaurant's quality. I made my way to a table in the corner while deeply inhaling the smell of onions frying into thinly sliced steak. The aroma is thick enough that you can almost taste the hoagie before you even order it.
 
I ordered a number 90, cheese steak with fried onions and provolone cheese. Being from Philadelphia, it seems dirty to order a cheese steak without the Whiz, but Sonny's gets a pass because it very clearly doesn't state that its cheese steaks are Phillies. The waitress brought the hoagie just a few minutes later, complete with a large bowl of sliced hot cherry peppers on the side. The first thing I noticed was the amount of meat in this sandwich: It's massive. The cheese melted perfectly throughout the chopped meat and mingled with the steak's juices against the sides of the hoagie roll.
 



The best part about the hoagie at Sonny's was the roll: crunchy on the outside, like a loaf of Cuban bread, and soft and chewy on the inside. The steak itself seemed a little dry, even with the gobs of melted cheese, and the telltale stream of grease was nowhere to be found after the hoagie disappeared.

My waitress dropped off a check with $5.89 circled along the bottom. Another great lunch for under $7.

Sonny's is located at 1857 NW 66th Ave., Hollywood. Call 954-989-0561.

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