Cheesy British Resurrected

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest give you so many food choice’s.  Place’s come and go, but I think the place that has been missed the most by so many is Hoagies Corner Deli Market.   Known for their delicious menu of hoagies all named differently for different countries.   But the one that seem’s missed the most is the ” Cheesy British “.

Some of my most memorable moments are surrounded by this sandwich.   I met my son’s father while ordering when I ran across the street to get this mouth watering delight.   We stood there just staring and smiling at each other, too shy to even speak a word until friends intervened and started the ball rolling.

During my third trimester, the only thing I ate for dinner was Hoagies Corner’s Cheesy British.  Then Hoagies Corner closed and we were all faced with this dilemma of where to get this very addicting sandwich.  Then I stumbled on it, Hogan’s Market!  One little corner store with the same international sandwich menu as our beloved and much missed Hoagies Corner.   The Sandwich was even made exactly the same, three kinds of meat, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, cheese and the secret sauce!!!

Then one day even that store closed it’s door’s so that a big corporation could build their location there.   Over the last few year’s there have been about three known locations that have popped up with the menu, but I have tried two out of three of these locations and have been extremely disappointed.

Which is why I have taken it upon myself to resurrect this extremely missed icon of our past.   The following recipe is as close as I could come to tasting like the original thing.  Every time I make them, everyone wants to come over for Cheesy British night.   This Sandwich brings back so many memories for us all!!!.

There are 3 key things to making this sandwich.  First the hoagie roll, it must be a bakery fresh hoagie sub roll (closest substitute would be Seattle International baking company French sandwich rolls).  Second is the special sauce, this is a combo of Mayo and a touch of mustard.   And third but by far the least is the paper that you wrap the sandwich in to heat it up in,  Parchment paper!!!

And so now we get on to the much loved and missed sandwich we are all drooling at the mouth to taste!!


Cheesy British

Servings: 4

As a note:  The Cheesy British typically only came with Cheddar, but I always added Swiss to it as well.


    • Fresh Bakery Roll
    • Shredded Lettuce
    • 1/2 Onion – thinly sliced
    • 1 Dill Pickle – thinly sliced (need 16 slices)
    • 8 Slices of Mild Cheddar Cheese
    • 8 Slices of Swiss Cheese (opitonal)
    • 2 Medium Tomatoes – Thinly sliced
    • 1/2 Lb. Thinly sliced Deli Roast Beef
    • 1/2 Lb. Thinly sliced Deli Ham
    • 1/2 Lb. Thinly sliced Deli Turkey


  • 8 Tblsp Mayo
  • 8 small drops Mustard



  1. Pre-mix the Mayo and Mustard together
  2. Cut hoagie roll in half lengthwise, spread mayonnaise mixture evenly across both halves
  3. Layer :
    • Shredded Lettuce
    • Sliced Onion – Not a lot, just a light layer
    • 4 Sliced Pickles
    • 4 slices Roast Beef
    •  2 to 4 slices Ham depending on the thickness
    • 3 to 4 slices Turkey depending on thickness
    • 2 slices Cheddar Cheese
    • 2 Swiss Cheese  (optional)
    • 2 to 3 slices Tomato
  4. Top with Bread and wrap tightly in Parchment Paper
  5. Microwave on high 1:15 to 1:25
  6. Serve and Enjoy!


    • It is my favorite food memory aside from my grandfather making breakfast on the weekends. I really hope you enjoy, I know my family and friends love it.

  1. Close, but not quite accurate….I worked for them for 8 years, we didn’t “close”, we were sold to Southland Corp…better known as 7-11…they really didn’t know what to do with us, too much labor involved, so we were phased out…the recipe you have listed is also close, but not quite accurate, but I’m sure it tastes great! Don’t forget the other great sandwiches, the Canadian, Italian, Scrambler, etc…….

    • Thank you very much!! The Sandwich does taste wonderful and is the memory flavor I remember. As far as the other Sandwiches, I have actually never tried them. But you are correct, I should see if I can’t dissect them down as well for those out there that miss them. It is a wonderful feeling when we can recreate memories just from our taste buds.

      • I keep meaning to look into the ingredients for the other sandwiches. I was just totally hooked on the cheesy british when I was growing up.

  2. My super picky boyfriend says a few helpful hints.
    Everything must be sliced thin. Including the lettuce and cheese. They were very light handed with the meat. He also mentioned to add more mustard. It was pretty close though and made him happy. Bringing him back to the 70’s and 80’s in Seattle.

    • Thank you for your input and yes the mustard / mayo ratio is a very tricky part in this sandwich. But at least now he is able to enjoy it more often with his own little tweaks, that’s what cooking for ourselves is all about. Whip on!!!

  3. Hoagies Sub Deli is at the corner of 110th (I think) and Bridgeport kiddy corner from St Claire’s hospital. They have all the original sandwiches that Hoagies Corner had- think they are the original owners of Hoagiea Corner… And yea they have true Cheesy British!!!

    • I know the location you are speaking of and they actually are not the original owners. I have tried their Cheesy British, and I have to say I was disappointed. I know there is a Chevron in Tillicum that has the Hoagies menu, also there is a location in Seattle somewhere.

      • Super Deli Mart in West Seattle sells the Cheesy British and tastes the same as I remember the ones at Hoagies Corner tasting. The address in 9051 35th Ave. SW.

    • OMG this is so good to know! I remember going to the Hoagies Corner in Lakewood as a kid…Just so happens I have to make a trip to Tacoma tomorrow. I might have to stop and enjoy the memories.

  4. Hoagy’s Corner was the name given to the chain when first purchased by Southland. The sale contract had a stipulation from the original owner that no franchises were allowed. The chain’s original namewasn’t Hoagy’s Corner either.

    When Southland was sold to a Japanese company in the ’88 or there abouts, due to the bankruptcy, the new owners went to a “franchise everything” business model. With that, Hoagy’s Corner locations were either full on converted to being 7-11’s, or they were closed.

    The recipe for the spread by the way is 2 part mayo, to 1 part mustard.

  5. Doyle’s Public House in the Stadium District of Tacoma offers up a version of the Cheesy British, but memories can never be duplicated.

  6. Thanks for sharing! I used to work for Hoagies Corner in Lynnwood and Everett. You can get the exact same hoagie roll we used at Franz bakery outlet. They are 12′ and come in a clear plastic bag.

    • Shelli. Which Franz role? Is it a French roll or is it just called a hoagie roll?
      Thanks Tamra for posting. It was my favorite sandwich and I miss being able to get it. I never did cheddar. I always had Swiss and I always asked for double the pickle… Tamra is spot on about heating it in parchment paper. It’s a must!

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