Famous Carmen’s Hoagies opens second location at Del Buono’s.

Del Buono's Haddon Heights

Bellmawr’s Carmen’s hoagies has been famous for years as the area’s go to place for delicious and large hoagies.  The Food Network’s “Big Daddy” even picked it as his favorite place to eat, giving Carmen’s a small taste of national attention.

Well a few short years ago, another famous area foodie place, Del Buono’s Bakery of Haddon Heights, purchased Carmen’s and the rumors have been that they planned to expand the Carmen’s locations… adding hoagies and cheesesteaks to their own bread bakeries first.  (which is something that other area bread bakeries such as Liscio’s and Aversa’s have been doing for years).

So this past week the Del Buono’s Facebook page made the big announcement that Carmen’s II has opened in the Haddon Heights location!  To be clear, the Bellmawr location is still open and this is a SECOND location!  And from what we hear, there are more to come!

Even if you aren’t familiar with Del Buono’s, I guarantee that you actually do know of it. ha.  Their main store in Haddon Heights is frequently confused with Mt Ephraim.  Its on the Black Horse Pike almost directly across from the Mt Ephraim McDonalds.

Del Buono's Haddon HeightsTwo distinctive features of this bakery location is, well this is probably why you are familiar with the store… it features large animal and cartoon figures outside… many of them are what you remember from old school miniature golf courses.  If you’ve driven by, you’ve noticed the building!  The other cool thing is while they have rolls and breads on racks to pick from, they have their main commercial conveyor belt oven right there for people to pick their own rolls… right from the oven! (See pic).  If you haven’t taken your kids to see this… you should.Del Buono's Haddon Heights

Anyway..  so it seems like a great idea.  Take one of the most famous hoagie places in the area and combine it with one of the most famous bread bakeries in the area… and only good things can come from it.

Not only does the location feature a new deli store with full accommodations to make Hoagies, Cheesesteaks and other sandwiches, they have remodeled the entire place inside and out (which may have happened over the years as I don’t get over their way much since moving to Deptford).  With all of the cash-registers moved into the new deli area, the bread area has more room to focus as, well… a bread area!   They floors have been retiled, everything is cleaner, and I believe the massive oven is new too.  Outside the entire building is freshened up and the parking lot is nicely paved.

I did order a hoagie from the new location.  The rolls are huge and fresh (of course, they are baked right there!).  This is definitely a large hoagie.  We had a Turkey and Cheese and it was delicious.  I’m not going into a full review here, but I’ve been tossing around the idea of an area “hoagie shootout” with my Facebook friends.  Maybe that happens soon…

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Del Buono’s Bakery featuring Carmen’s Deli and Hoagies
319 S Black Horse Pike
Haddon Heights, NJ 08035
856-546-9585
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4 Responses to Famous Carmen’s Hoagies opens second location at Del Buono’s.

  1. Aroundtown says:

    I’ll have to check out Carmen’s II sure it’s the same as bellmawr.This may sound silly but before carmen’s was sold a few years ago the hoagies were way too big Still big just not as,The cut down size makes them better.

  2. Pam says:

    Carmen’s isn’t worth the almost $10 price anymore. The hoagies are skimpy and even hot peppers cost extra! An original Carmen’s hoagie could be eaten by two people with enough meat left for another small sandwich. Gone are those days. They left when it was sold. Very disappointing and sad that the Carmen’s legacy hoagie is no more.

  3. John says:

    I have to agree with Pam – if you were a Carmen’s Fan, you will probably be disappointed in this new version! The hoagies are still flavorful, but nowhere near the size or quantity of meats and cheeses that Carmen’s was Always famous for! Too little meats and cheeses with too much lettuce in a smaller roll.

    If you’ve never experienced an “original” Carmens Hoagie, you won’t know what you’re missing but you may question the value of what you paid versus what you received for your money.

    RIP The Original Carmens Hoagie – You have not been improved upon. You are only a shadow of what you were known for.

    • Aroundtown says:

      I still like them,But if you look everything is no longer what it was once was.It stinks but it is what it is.

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