South Shore's Hometown Heroe
Written & photographed by Salvatore DiBenedetto [@TheGrubfather]
"It's always the unassuming ones" I said to myself as I plunged face first into a series of "just one more bites" at Hometown Heroes. I started to realize that Dan (who owns the joint) just seems to get humble FLAVOR. He's cranking out the kind of handheld glory you want on both brisk Spring afternoons and chilly Winter nights in a relatively unmemorable space.
I was checking out the spot for quality assessment. Before I work with a client, I'm adamant on making sure it's food I can 100% get down with. My first clue that this spot was legit? Their house-made roast beef that springs across the menu on everything from a Philly to a classic Manhattan.
What got me going most though was the chicken cutlets. Not only are they hand breaded by a cute little Italian woman in the back, they're also fried right to order. "There's not a microwave on this property." Dan reminded me. So dope.
This is the kind of spot I love to work with. They take classics and give them a unique, focused vision. Hometown Heroes' sandwiches were fun and witty but not the kind that make you feel the core of regret soon after finishing them. Not to mention, the sesame seed bread (which comes from a secret bakery) is really just out of this world.
Needless to say, I was more than happy to team up with Dan and his vision at Hometown Heroes. The ensuing photoshoot will show you exactly why I think this is a LI South Shore must hit.
Side note: DON'T MISS THE FRIED MAC N CHEESE.