The original Edmond store is in the same place at 222 S Santa Fe in the Oakbrook Shopping Center, and now a second store has opened at 325 N Walker in the Legacy at Arts Quarter building and is operated by his grandson, Chris Nixon. The bridge between the two is Kim Nixon, Hobby’s daughter and Chris’ mom. Kim operates the Edmond store and Hobby gets up each morning to make bread for both stores. After the bread, Hobby’s keeps it traditional, using white American cheese rather than Cheez Whiz, top round sliced wafer thin and further chopped with a flat spatula as it quickly fries. Hobby’s Hoagies is an old-school, East Coast style deli that serves deli sandwiches, hot and cold, along with pizzas and desserts — most notably, Tastykakes. "Back East, people order a Philly and Tastykakes all the time,” Kim Nixon said. Tastykakes are similar to Zingers or Little Debbie’s cakes. Hobby’s keeps them refrigerated to extend their freshness. "We don’t sell a ton of them except to people from back East,” Kim said. "They go crazy when they realize we’ve got them.” But Hobby and family aren’t the only ones making mean Phillies and offering Tastykakes.
Jersey Mike’sJersey Mike’s is a chain that opened in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, in 1956. It’s gradually spread across the land, opening five metro locations with more openings planned this year, officials said. Jersey Mike’s makes a Big Kahuna version that is enough for two. But if you see me carrying one don’t believe me when I tell you I’m planning to halve it with a friend. Hey, it’s for my feet. Watch as I limp away.
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