Eve’s Lunch is a locally legendary luncheonette that recently went on a 9-month hiatus while they relocated from the once bustling and now dead Sandy Hill Road perch from which they fattened generations of Montgomery County residents.
Their new locale is 310 Johnson Highway in Norristown, next to Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School.
Eve’s is notable for fabulous sandwiches but they are famous for one in particular: The Zep. The zep (short for “zeppelin” since ostensibly that was how the sandwich was shaped – like a submarine, too) is hoagie-like, but not a hoagie. Don’t call it a hoagie. They will cut you and make you bleed if you utter that word.
The zep is a Norristown invention which Eve’s claims not to have invented, but to have perfected. The boast is not without merit. A hoagie is a mix of meats (salami, cappicola, etc.). The zep is simply salami, cheese, tomato, onion (freshly cut) and oregano. On the world’s best roll. Seriously. The roll makes this sandwich.
But I must also endorse the cheesesteak at Eve’s. It’s one of the best in the region, not just Montgomery County.
Eve’s is no secret. It’s packed every day, but the wait, the family-style service and the opportunity to gaze at stockbrokers seated next to a guy you’re pretty sure you saw pushing a shopping cart filled with old soda cans makes the place special.
They sell Tastykakes. Any luncheonette worth its salt sells Tastykakes.
Go for the food. Enjoy the scenery.