Northwest Austin's Delaware Sub Shop marks 40 years of serving authentic Philly-style hoagies

Delaware Sub Shop
Delaware Sub Shop owner Pete Adenski holds up an authentic Philly cheesesteak Oct. 8. (Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)

Delaware Sub Shop owner Pete Adenski holds up an authentic Philly cheesesteak Oct. 8. (Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The six-inch Philly cheesesteak is made with grilled onions and mushrooms, ribeye steak, provolone cheese and sweet bell peppers. (Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Delaware Sub Shop cooks Canyon Edwards and James Guitterez begin grilling a cheesesteak by placing the ribeye meat over the onions and mushrooms.
Delaware Sub Shop has seen more U.S. presidents—seven—than the total number of hot subs offered on its menu—six.

Shop owner Pete Adenski said that is exactly why his eatery has thrived since Jimmy Carter was president: keep it simple and use quality ingredients.

Adenski on Sept. 27 marked the sub shop’s 40th anniversary. The authentic Philadelphia cheesesteak restaurant—perched on a hill at the intersection of Spicewood Springs Road and Mesa Drive—has survived multiple economic dips, the proliferation of chain sub shops and, most recently, the coronavirus pandemic.

Still, Adenski said he would not trade the occasionally bumpy ride as an independent restaurant owner for his original career path. After graduating from St. Edward’s University in 1974, the Wilmington, Delaware, native became an accountant for the state comptroller.

“It was monotonous. It was just not in my DNA. After my third year, I said to myself, ‘I don’t know if I can do this for 30 years,’” he said.


So, on Sept. 27, 1980, Adenski opened Delaware Sub Shop with a simple business plan: offer authentic cheesesteaks and Italian hoagies.

“We buy all the product line from Philadelphia-area suppliers,” said Adenski, who grew up 30 minutes south of the “City of Brotherly Love.” “We have a lot of •people from that area that are here now that actually give us credit and attest to what we sell.”

From the ribeye sandwich beef steaks to the pickled peppers, the sandwich’s adherence to Philadelphia style has attracted loyal customers. Eating lunch in the restaurant, Joe Zygarlenski said he has been coming to the restaurant for decades.

“I’ve been eating here since high school,” Zygarlenski said. “It’s a really good sandwich. It’s the best around.”

Delaware Sub Shop

8105 Mesa Drive, Austin

512-345-3816

www.delawaresub.com

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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