For reasons that escape logic my favorite MLS team is the Philadelphia Union. Tied to this woefully under-performing side is a group of loyal, intelligent fans who regularly debate all things Philly including the merits of a Wawa hoagies (subs for you non-Philadelphians, me included). I love sandwiches, but sadly live in Florida, far away from the Wawa’s home turf. Or so I thought. Turns out, in 2012 Wawa expanded, and planted stores throughout central and south Florida. On a recent trip to lovely Clermont I pulled into the gleaming Wawa for gas, and what I hoped would be a good sub, er hoagie.
Walking into the bright store I was clueless on how to go about ordering. Wawa employs touchscreens around the sub/hoagie area and ordering was a breeze. I followed the prompts and ordered an Italian with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, banana peppers, onions, light oil, light vinegar, and oregano. I also decided to order a mint cookies and cream milkshake complete with whipped cream and a cherry.
Behind the glass a pair of Wawa employees assembled subs. In a separate area an octogenarian blended my milkshake. She called out my number, called me baby, and slid the frozen concoction towards me. In went a straw and I took a sip. The shake had a nice minty flavor and noticeable chunks of Oreos. It was comparable to other fast-food milkshakes (think Steak ‘n Shake) and satisfied my sweet tooth.
Moments later my sub was ready and I was handed a tightly wrapped sandwich. I should have thought through things a bit better because the sub was definitely not driving food. There were no seats inside, so I headed out to one of the outdoor tables that ringed the restaurant. Unwrapping the sandwich I was met with an overstuffed hoagie. The toppings spilled out and I had to make some adjustments before I took a bite.
If I had to describe the hoagie in one word it would be tasty. The bread was decent, the toppings were fresh, and the combination of meat/cheese was flavorful. When I told my brother I had eaten at Wawa he could not believe I had consumed a gas station sub. Honestly, Wawa’s hoagie was above and beyond what you get as some major US sub chains, and I would not hesitate to stop for another. On top of that, the service was friendly, fast, and the facility (including the all important men’s restroom) was spotless.
Wawa Store #5144 is located at 1909 S. Highway 27, Clermont, Florida. The gas station/convenience store/hoagie oasis is open 24/7. For more information, including a menu, visit wawa.com.
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