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Zep Wars – Eve's vs. Lou's

Norristown natives know they have plenty of choices when it comes to getting a great sandwich in town, but there are two names that everyone knows when it comes to getting a great zep.

I always thought I came from an family. For as long back as I can remember, my family ordered from Eve's Lunch (back when it was on Sandy Hill Road). I had been hooked on their tuna zep (my favorite) at a young age and in my travels had yet to find in equal.

Weekends, work functions, family gatherings that called for food on the less formal side – we always called in an order and somehow I always managed to be the one picking it up. (I didn't mind so much because I could make sure to get a few extra sides of peppers.)

So you can imagine my surprise when my brother suggested that we stop off at for lunch one day not too long ago. I was genuinely surprised. I grew up in Norristown and I had certainly been to Lou's on more than one occasion, but I was craving a tuna zep and as far as I knew there was only one place for that.

When I asked about the sudden switch in sandwich-shop loyalty, my brother informed that he'd been going to Lou's for years. I assumed he picked up the habit working at the , though my father had worked there for decades and still maintains his preference for Eve's. A quick poll of the family and I discovered that quite a few of us were nipping off to Lou's now and again behind Eve's back. How could we?

Well, mostly because Lou's makes great food. I'm not ashamed to say that I sometimes crave a little variety and step out on my best girl once in a while (in a purely sandwich-related metaphoric sense), but I always find my way back it seems.

Since my stomach can't seem to stay loyal, I wondered if anyone else's was. So I've decided to make it a proper contest with my readers making the call. Who do you think does it better? Do you get your zeps at Eve's or a Lou's?

Vote in our poll or tell us why you love one over the other in our Comment section. The sandwich shop with the most votes by the end of the day Friday will get an award from Norristown Patch and my exclusive tuna zep-related business for the rest of the year. More importantly, they'll get the bragging rights to say that they were picked as Norristown's best zep shop.

Mr Frank Emele November 29, 2011 at 12:21 PM
If anyone remembers the old Linfanti's from the 1950's when a zep was 1.00 It was located on Main street acrosss/ one block from Lou's across the street. At the time I was a child and could hardly reach the counter. It was my grandfather that took me there. A a pure Italian experience. For some reason,I remember a green wooden canopy to the entrance of Linfanti's. I of course frequented Eve's over the yrs until I visited Lou's.What a genuine experience. I found the zeps to exceptional. Most important they make you feel welcolmed and actually make you feel wanted. They treat you like family. I had to drift from Eve's because of the new location. It is extremely noisy, overcrouded and they make you feel like a number.I am a customer not a number.And, I will take a smile with that! I love the personal touch that you receive at Lou's no matter how busy they are. Sorry but with the cost continuing rising I deserve at least a non robotic service. Who would resist such a wonderful environment from the 50's with friendly wonderful people and exceptional food.Eve's is great but it is more then food that counts.
Nick Boninfante November 29, 2011 at 02:52 PM
Coming from philly and being married to a girl from Norristown I have grown to like almost everything in my new home from Lou's to Eve's...... Corpolese to Via Venito.... It is hard to say on a Zep for me, but I think the Tuna at Eve's is best at that..... The Traditional Italian Zep is best at Lou's...... About the service at either place in some way its the stigma of its heritage from what I heard Eve's has always been a little on the rude side...... Have you ever gone to Tony Luke's or Geno's.... They are smug and blunt, but they still line up for the abuse.......
Lory November 29, 2011 at 06:46 PM
I so agree with Frank Emele . Service always makes you go back for more. At Eve's, you are treated just like a number.
Neil Pasquale November 29, 2011 at 07:19 PM
i am neil a pasquale i am a independent film and tv director from norristown and offering a cook off to the two and we will see once and for all whos the best.
James Myers (Editor) November 29, 2011 at 08:08 PM
That's an excellent idea Neil, though there's not much cooking involved in a zep – mostly cutting and stacking. We can certainly run it by them though.
Robyn November 30, 2011 at 03:13 PM
FOR ME LOU'S IS THE BEST...NOW EVE'S WAS GOOD BUT SINCE THEY MOVED THEIR FOOD DOESN'T TASTE AS GOOD SO I WILL JUST STICK WITH LOU'S
Mary Ellen Digregorio November 30, 2011 at 08:53 PM
To me there is no difference. Norrristown is blessed to have two location one on each side of the town that give you a GREAT ZEP. I know that if I out shopping and think that I don't want to cook the location I am closest to get my business becasue either one delivers the taste I want.
Stan Sarnocinski December 01, 2011 at 02:38 AM
LOU'S Zeps are the best anywhere.
Neil Pasquale December 01, 2011 at 06:38 PM
i am calling on eves and lous to have a cook off <thats a sandwhich challenge to each other>i want to film it.
Ellin Jones December 02, 2011 at 03:31 PM
My vote is Eve's for tuna and Lou's for a regular zep. I agree that Eve's isn't the same since they moved from Sandy Hill Road...
CryinSam Says December 02, 2011 at 03:39 PM
Neil has the best idea. An audience of Norristown residents will have to be there (me included of course) to do the official tasting and voting. To give the show more content, and to give the contest more validity, a few of sandwiches should be put head-to-head directly by type. Keep me posted, Neil. Thanks.
Tom M Tirpak December 03, 2011 at 06:57 PM
Lou's. No doubt. Lou's has better food all around, steak sandwiches, filleted fried hot dogs, ect. must be the will seasoned grill. Great service too.
Tom M Tirpak December 03, 2011 at 07:03 PM
Eve's was better when they were on a corner on Main St., with the big marble steps. After that move, not so good.
Brett Wells December 03, 2011 at 10:46 PM
A few years ago, The Times Herald held a pork sandwich showdown at the Holy Savior Club. About 10 restaurants entered. Admission was $10 which covered samples and one beverage. The proceeds went to charity. Sounds like something like this could be held for zeps, too. I'd be willing to offer up the PAL Center as the location.
Debra McCreary March 02, 2012 at 12:23 AM
My maiden name is Debra Heil. I grew up eating Zeps. Best damn sandwich ever! I have not been back home in years, but can still taste it. No one I know, has any clue what a zep is, whenever I speak of it. Have been to both places, but it seems to me, Eve's was the go to place at the time. Grew up in the late 60's, and thru the 70's. Love it!!!!
Wanalyn Baptiste September 19, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Born & raised in Norristown. Joined the military & left in 1974. When I lived there, Jewel's on Powell Street had the best zeps!
Wanalyn Baptiste September 19, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Sorry for the spelling error. The name of the shop was Jule's.
earl r. cook September 24, 2012 at 03:30 AM
I live in Florida, but growing up as a boy in Conshohocken there were two zep places to go, one was Linfante's (later became Eve's lunchinette) and the other was Lou's; BOTH had dynamite taste and I still think of them and miss them very much. When I receive relatives in the winter from back home, I always ask to bring 2 or 3 zeps down here in Florida. They really make my mouth water and I have actually dreamed of them. this is no lie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Earl R, Cook
John Giaimo March 21, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Lou's is much cleaner than Eve's. The meat tastes fresher and it's an all-around better sandwich. Lou's has an atmosphere. It's like "Cheers", everybody knows your name!
Citizen March 21, 2013 at 05:59 PM
I like eve's tuna better but lou's italian better. went with eve's because i like the tuna more than than italian!
Yesir March 21, 2013 at 06:27 PM
Woooo, now for me growing up I have to go with Baptiste on this becuase Jules was hitting especially the cheeseburgers with fried onions and ketchup. Although I went to Jules, my family went to Lou's and til this day many of them moved South but whenever they come to visit they always say I jave to go to Lou's to get me a zep. Noe Eve's fell off once they moved. I, a person who does not eat any other tuna than my own thought they had the best tuna zeps until they moved. I don't know if someone different started making them but they fell off. I went there once since they opened out Johnson Highway and never went back. When the were in Sandy Hill's shopping center, Eve's was the bomb and they stayed crowded or there was a wait even if you called your order in. A cookoff would be fun but I think today it's Lou's.
Yesir March 21, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Yes they do.
Yesir March 21, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Omg, I don't eat pork and I am not muslim but every year when the Italian's have their festival I make it my business to get one of their pork sandwich's.
John Q. Public May 10, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Eve's zeps are to die for. No one is better than Eve's.
Reynolds June 07, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Eve's tuna is top 5 best sandwich ever anywhere

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