Hero House first opened in 1975. Now they have two locations, one on Stratford Road and another on Peters Creek Parkway. They are open for lunch and dinner Monday – Saturday. The menu has an extensive offering of heroes, salads, pastas, pizzas, deli sandwiches, and as they put it a ‘heroic hodgepodge’ of additional options. A thunderstorm had swept through Winston Friday morning by the time we wanted lunch, so Jerry headed up Stratford to the Hero House for take-out.
I decided on the Spaghetti al la Kitchen Sink with a side salad. The pasta was topped with two meatballs, loads of sliced Italian sausage, sautéed mushrooms, grilled onions, green peppers and topped with baked mozzarella cheese. I would prefer more sauce, but there was an ample amount of veggies and meat on the spaghetti. The pasta came with three slices of toasted bread. I added a side salad of mixed greens, diced tomatoes, and cucumber with the house dressing. There was plenty of the sour, vinaigrette style House dressing that came on the side.
Jerry had the Pork Souvlaki Skewers Plate with a mini Greek salad, skin-on fries, and pita bread. The two skewers of marinated pork were well seasoned, lean and tender. However the meat was dry, and they forgot to put the tzatziki in our take-out order. The dressing had already been added to the Greek salad. The salad had lots of feta cheese, shredded iceberg lettuce, diced tomatoes, a pepperoncini and a kalamata olive, pit in. Half of a pita round had been toasted and cut into four triangles.
When the name of the restaurant has hero in it, you have to try their subs. We returned to Hero House to pick up takeout for lunch the week following our first visit. After ordering at the counter, we were given a number, and it was called over the intercom within 7-8 minutes. If you dine in, they offer wine and draft beer (Yuengling, Modelo, Bud Light, Stella Artois) along with a selection of bottled beers.
For a starter, we shared an order of the Golden Fried Mushrooms. They had been battered with a panko type crust and deep fried until crunchy. The restaurant had very thoughtfully cut vent holes in the styrofoam, so the steam didn’t make them soggy during transit. Served with a side of Ranch, the earthy mushrooms were tender and juicy inside the crust. We’ll ask next time if they have a horseradish sauce we could try.
I had the Philly Grilled Chicken Sub (8”). The grilled chunks of chicken had been marinated and spiced with herbs. Grilled onion and chopped green peppers were tossed together with the tender, well-seasoned meat and placed on a soft hoagie. A layer of melted provolone cheese covered the chicken. All of this was topped with shredded lettuce, sliced onion, chopped tomato, and a drizzle of their tangy oil sauce. I though the fresh toppings, herbs and vinaigrette provided a lively and lighter taste.
Jerry tried the Sautéed Mushroom Cheeseburger Sub (8”). The well done, herb seasoned burger patty snuggled into the sub roll and was completely covered with a generous amount of sautéed vegetables and melted provolone cheese. The prominent flavor of the mushrooms paired well with the burger. The succulent vegetables ensured the sandwich stayed juicy and moist. We both loved this hearty, filling hero.
We finished our meal with a piece of baklava, sweet and decadent with honey and spiced nuts. With reasonable prices and two convenient locations, we will be returning to the Hero House. If you have ever been to the Hero House and have any recommendations about what we should get the next time, leave us a comment.