Hog Shop On Best Deli’s List

McDonald County Press - - FRONT PAGE - Rachel Dick­er­son

The Hog Shop in Noel is on a list of The 10 Best Delis in Mis­souri on best­thingsmo.com.

The Hog Shop in Noel is on a list of The 10 Best Delis in Mis­souri on best­thingsmo. com.

Rank­ing along­side delis in St. Louis and other larger cities, The Hog Shop came in at No. 7 on the list of 10. The re­view on the web­site states, “The Hog Shop is pure south Mis­souri, but it’s the site of some of the best sand­wiches you can get. It sounds like a bar­be­cue place, but in fact the ‘hog’ re­ferred to means Har­leys, and the whole shop has a Har­ley-David­son theme. The sand­wiches are freshly made and have gen­er­ous por­tions, and the rea­son­able prices make it a must-stop for lo­cals and trav­el­ers alike.”

Nora Gard­ner, owner of The Hog Shop, said she learned about the res­tau­rant’s place­ment on the list when her friends shared it on Facebook.

“It was a sur­prise,” she said. “It was very kinda neat. I was feel­ing very good. I was very grate­ful that peo­ple voted, I guess. I don’t know how that works, re­ally.”

The res­tau­rant will have been open 13 years in Novem­ber.

“Thir­teen years. I can’t be­lieve that,” Nora said.

She loves be­ing part of the com­mu­nity, she said.

“I love it. I love to help peo­ple all the time. We love to do it. I think if each per­son in our com­mu­nity helps, we can make a stronger com­mu­nity,” she said.

Work­ing with Nora at The Hog Shop are Dale Mitchell, Eve­lyn Martinez, Jesse Dominguez, Aleah Ru­bio, Ana Ru­bio, Sarah Ru­bio, Naomi Ru­bio and Paul Beard.

Nora said of her cus­tomers, “As soon as they open the door, they are like a fam­ily. They come in like a cus­tomer and they leave like a fam­ily.”

Paul Gard­ner, Nora’s hus­band, ex­plained some of the his­tory of the shop.

“She bought me a Har­ley for my 35th birth­day. We had the oc­ca­sion to buy the build­ing on Main Street. Nora said she al­ways wanted a res­tau­rant.”

Nora said they named the sand­wiches af­ter their friends’ mo­tor­cy­cles. The Road King is the bratwurst and the name of Paul’s bike. The Fat Boy Club is an­other friend’s fa­vorite sand­wich and is named af­ter his bike. It con­sists of roast beef, turkey and ham. Oth­ers in­clude: the Street Glide, a turkey sand­wich; the Her­itage Clas­sic, a ham sand­wich; and the Screamin’ Ea­gle, a pas­trami sand­wich.

The res­tau­rant’s of­fer­ings also in­clude break­fast, sal­ads, soups, que­sadil­las, tamales and spaghetti red. Their three most pop­u­lar items are the Fat Boy, Frito pie and spaghetti red, Nora said.

RACHEL DICK­ER­SON/MCDON­ALD COUNTY PRESS

Nora Gard­ner of Noel is pic­tured at The Hog Shop, which was re­cently named to a list of best delis in Mis­souri.

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