The Professor was ecstatic on the subject of hoagies. "It's like a sub or a grinder. If we were in New Orleans, it would be called a muffuletta and the dressing would be black olives." Generous, he gave me half to eat.
I have never cared much for subs, finding them salty and processed. This hoagie actually brought tears to my eyes, it was so good. The sandwich was the perfection of authentic food. I think quality ingredients - the bread, the meats, the dressing and the cheeses - contribute to an outstanding sandwich.
Of course, I ordered Sheryl's angel food cake for dessert and the Professor chose crme brle. The angel food cake was made on site - pure and sweet, high and white, with an accent of huge local blackberries from Vernon Hill, Va. And there were small cubes of mangos - not local, of course. The plate was flecked with a rain of confectioners sugar.