The John DeBella Show

John DeBella retired from radio on June 30th, 2023. Explore this archive of the most memorable moments of the John DeBella Show on WMGK.

There are a lot of things you can do with your money. One thing that is not advisable is spending it on a $700 cheeseburger. Drury Beer Garden in Philadelphia is going to the extreme and creating a burger fit for a king.

They are calling their new cheeseburger the Gold Standard burger. On it will be 8oz Japanese Wagyu Ribeye, aged cheddar cheese, Italian Black Truffle and Caviar, lobster meat using with Louis XIII on a brioche bun then it’s topped with gold leaf. Delivered with your $700 Cheeseburger is a shot of Louis XIII. That bottle of cognac usually costs about $5,000.

If you love cheeseburgers, but also like being able to pay your rent or mortgage then the Gold Standard is not your dish. Don’t let your peasantry get you down! DSG has a more reasonable burger for you. We take a look at the other end of the spectrum and find that they have a totally affordable smashburger for under $3.

Maybe they’ll allow you to have some sort of payment plan for you Gold Standard burger purchase. You could always attempt the Wimpy, “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today” and see what that gets you. Lets do some burger math and say the smash burger is an even $3, which sounds better? A single $700 cheeseburger or 233.33 smashburgers? I believe I can confirm the correct choice is the latter. Even with F-You money, the latter is still the better choice.

Order Up! Here Are The WMGK Jocks' Favorite Hoagies

Everyone has a hoagie preference, even the WMGK jocks! We compiled a list of their favorite hoagies.

Hoagies are a staple of this area’s cuisine. In fact, we could even consider them to be a food group on the food pyramid. That’s how vital they are to Philadelphians. And those around the DeBellaware Valley.

With our Hometown Hoagie bracket making its rounds, the iconic sandwich has been all we can talk about in the studio. It’s actually making all of us SUPER hungry. So when we asked the jocks for their hoagie orders, they were chomping at the bit to answer.

We wanted their ultimate hoagie. Their go-to any time they just NEED a hoagie in their lives. The one they dream about at night, or rather, keeps them up because they get hungry just thinking about it. Everyone has that hoagie order that they can’t get out of their head.

This question also sparked an interesting debate about a certain condiment that should or should not go on a hoagie. The whole conversation made me insanely hungry. So before I get too ravenous for a delicious deli sandwich on a seeded roll…

Here are the WMGK jock’s favorite hoagies:

  • John DeBella

    John DeBella, Walk of Fame Inductee 2023, Philadelphia Music Alliance

    Photo by Tessa Marie Commercial/John DeBella, 102.9 WMGK

    When john orders a hoagie, he gets an ultimate Italian hoagie. That’s got prosciutto, mortadella, hot capicola, rosemary ham, Calabrese hot salami, lettuce, tomato, aged sharp provolone, and extra virgin olive oil. “All other hoagies should just give up,” John declared.

  • Matt Cord


    Photo by Matt Cord

    Matt gets an Italian hoagie, add sweet peppers, oil, vinegar, salt, and oregano. He’s a man of culture.

  • Andre Gardner

    Andre Gardner - January 14th

    Photo by Andre Gardner

    Andre’s order: “It’s got to be a mixed cheese hoagie (pepper jack & provolone) with mayo (no oil, sorry haters) lettuce, tomato, onion, the hottest peppers they have, and spinach.  Little salt, pepper and oregano and, BOOM.  My ultimate hoagie.”

  • Tony Harris

    Tony Harris - January 14th

    Tony so eloquently replied: “My favorite is the Classic ‘neighborhood’ Italian…Genoa Salami, Capicola, Hot Calabrese Soppressata, Cotechino, Provolone Cheese, fresh jersey tomato with Olive Oil and splash of Vinegar and Oregano on Sarcone’s bread. And most importantly, pay attention…there isn’t a mayo jar within 1 mile. True Italian hoagies NEVER NEVER NEVER have mayo so accept no phonies or BS.”

  • Steve Vassalotti

    MGK's Locals Only Beer Fest 2018

    Photo by Steve Vassalotti

    Steve says: “Italian Hoagie. Lettuce, tomato, cheese, mayo (I know! On an Italian?!?) salt, pepper, oregano.” Tony and Steve then proceeded to argue about the idea of mayo on an Italian hoagie.

  • Danny Ocean

    Cody and Danny Ocean

    Photo by Danny Ocean

    Danny is a fan of a classic Italian. No bells and whistles.

  • Paul Kelly

    MGK's Paul Kelly with Jingle & Jangle

    Photo by Paul Kelly

    Paul also likes it pretty simple. Just a classic Italian hoagie with oil.

  • Angel Donato

    angel donato

    Photo by Angel Donato

    Angel says: “I am a little particular. I am all for the cheeses. Lettuce, Tomato with a little oil…Basil, Italian seasoning, Provolone, Mozzarella, and American cheese….and I have it all topped off with a boatload of Hot Peppers! There’s nothing like it…the best! I just talked myself into a hoagie today…”
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