I first met Mike Hauke on August 15, 2010. Mike’s wife Jill had arranged for a surprise 30th birthday party pizza tour and his entire family joined me for an afternoon of ridiculousness. Beyond simply loving pizza, Mike apparently owned a small shop called Tony Baloney’s in Atlantic City that specialized in funky pizza and sandwiches. I eventually had a chance to check it out a couple years ago and it was solid, but Mike recently opened a Hoboken location and it completely blew my mind!
The pizza was great — they do a huge variety of funky topping combos. But the sandwiches stole the show. There was a crazy Korean BBQ sandwich and even a Jewish Mothers’ Brisket and Horoset sandwich. My mind was blown. I dragged two of my buddies and their minds were blown as well, so it wasn’t just me.
Mike’s getting featured on tons of national TV shows and getting loads of great reviews. Hoboken has nearly 40 pizzerias (in just 1 square mile) and there’s still plenty of room for something like Tony Baloney’s. GO THERE NOW!!!