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On June 9, 1981 my wife, who was expecting our second child, and my mother stopped in at Eddie’s Restaurant for lunch. This, of course, would be topped off by a dessert of coconut cream pie. They never got that dessert, as my wife realized she was going into labor and my mother rushed her to the hospital. A few hours after their lunch at Eddie’s our daughter Erin was born. There isn’t a time we don’t go to Eddie’s and remember that lunch. Sometimes we take our daughter there on her birthday.

William A. Schmutz

The Original Hot Ham

“The Original Hot Ham Sandwich” is proof that greatness isn’t always planned. With only a couple of ingredients, this Beach favorite is a unique offering which came about by chance on a busy summer’s day:

The Original Hot Ham

"When we expanded after the war, our business grew. The minute we fixed up our place, the people came. A big break was the hot ham sandwich. I ran out of hot dogs one day. Imagine-running out of hot dogs at Sylvan Beach! I had some capicola, Italian hot ham, in the cooler. I heated it on the grill, got it sizzling hot, put it on a bun and offered it as an alternative. The people loved it! They ordered more-and more. I reheated the capicola and it got hotter-the more you do this the hotter it gets. The people didn’t care. They wanted hot ham sandwiches. That sandwiches popularity took off beyond my wildest dreams!"

--Eddie Sr from, “From the Beach to Brewerton-Tales of Oneida Lake.”

“The Original Hot Ham” is still a favorite and staple at Eddie’s. If you haven’t already, stop in and taste the legendary sandwich that still drives in folks from near and far.



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