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Re:Connecticut grinders 2014/05/31 11:28:53 (permalink)
Working a little this weekend, but lunch from Franklin Giant Grinder helps take the edge off! Look at that turkey!
 

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Re:Connecticut grinders 2014/06/02 09:57:55 (permalink)
Nice! I haven't been there in years. I used to work downtown and get them once in a while - now that I'm working at home I don't get out that way very often :-( Might need to make it a plan one of these days!
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Re:Connecticut grinders 2014/06/02 11:07:52 (permalink)
Looking at all these photos and reading these wonderful posts makes me sad that the best I can look forward to down here is Jersey Mike's. (sigh)
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Re:Connecticut grinders 2014/06/02 14:09:17 (permalink)
brisketboy

Looking at all these photos and reading these wonderful posts makes me sad that the best I can look forward to down here is Jersey Mike's. (sigh)

...and having been to the original Jersey Mike's and others here in Jersey, I don't see what is so bad if that's the best you can look forward to....I don't know how good your franchise handles a sub....but here in the land of subs, Jersey Mike's is pretty good....and have had subs in Connecticut....nothing much different!....so be thankful you have a good sub shop. Are there better than Jersey Mikes,of course,but if they use the came quality cold cuts and the optional crusty Italian bread,it's hard to find fault.....what I find hard to understand is how Subway does the business it does!!!!
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Re:Connecticut grinders 2014/06/02 14:17:09 (permalink)
I am equally puzzled by the Subway question. I don't  understand their apparent appeal either
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Re:Connecticut grinders 2014/06/02 14:57:39 (permalink)
That's a good looking grinder.  Is that mayo at the top or a special sauce?
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Re:Connecticut grinders 2014/06/02 15:48:43 (permalink)
Yes, I've noticed my Subway sub never looks like the picture behind the counter. I guess I should not be too sad about having to go to Jersey Mikes for a sub. They are a LOT better than Subway, Quiznos and the horrific Texadelphia which is trying to pass itself off as a cheesesteak place as good as any you'll get back east.
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Re:Connecticut grinders 2014/06/03 09:29:43 (permalink)
Agree with the premise that rolls make the grinder (or sub or hoagie or torpedo, etc, etc).

Here in the North Country of NY State, there are numerous good subs et all made, but, with perhaps one exception, the rolls are hum drum or worse. Never could figure out why good, crusty rolls never found their way up here to (The real LOL) God's Country.

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Re:Connecticut grinders 2014/06/03 09:54:13 (permalink)
Here in South Jersey they call them subs......

I'm from Philly, I call them hoagies.
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Re:Connecticut grinders 2014/06/03 10:07:05 (permalink)
The bread is critical
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Re:Connecticut grinders 2014/06/03 13:02:39 (permalink)
The closest we can come to a "Back East' Sub out here is Capriotti's.
We have Jersey Mikes too, but Capriotti's are better. 
There's also some independents that do a good sub too.
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Re:Connecticut grinders 2014/06/03 13:58:02 (permalink)
Capriotti's orig place is/was good.the "branches" not as good, but still usually better that other stuff around.
 
 
ChrisOC.......when I moved from New England(via the original)  to PA some 2 decades back it was explained to me that all hoagies are subs, but not all subs are hoagies.....the example used was a cheesesteak.......a cheesesteak Hoagie had the tomato and lettuce, the regular sub did not.  Was I just being "joshed"?  I remember I was gonna have to pick up the tab for lunch that day, but won it back in a later day when I won the contest of the most names for a ("grinder")
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Re:Connecticut grinders 2014/06/03 16:29:29 (permalink)
In Dallas, other than the usual meh sub chains, we have only one independent (family owned and run) authentic, east coast style Italian market/sub shop. Thank goodness for Jimmy's Food Store in Dallas!
http://www.jimmysfoodstore.com/
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Re:Connecticut grinders 2014/06/03 16:41:41 (permalink)
Phildelmar

The bread is critical

I totally concur. Critical!
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Re:Connecticut grinders 2014/06/04 07:21:36 (permalink)
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Capriotti's orig place is/was good.the "branches" not as good, but still usually better that other stuff around.


ChrisOC.......when I moved from New England(via the original)  to PA some 2 decades back it was explained to me that all hoagies are subs, but not all subs are hoagies.....the example used was a cheesesteak.......a cheesesteak Hoagie had the tomato and lettuce, the regular sub did not.  Was I just being "joshed"?  I remember I was gonna have to pick up the tab for lunch that day, but won it back in a later day when I won the contest of the most names for a ("grinder")
Many years ago there was a place in College Park Maryland called Earl's Philly Hoagies.  All the deli sandwiches were called hoagies (L, T, O, Oil/Vinegar, Mayo, etc) and the cheesesteaks were cheesesteaks.
 
You could indeed get a cheesesteak hoagie, which also came with L, T, Mayo, etc.

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Re:Connecticut grinders 2014/06/04 07:56:50 (permalink)
Let's give recognition to POQUONOCK GIANT GRINDER in Windsor Locks
http://www.yelp.com/biz/s...der-shop-windsor-locks
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Re:Connecticut grinders 2014/06/04 08:08:34 (permalink)
In the Philadelphia area a steak sandwich is just called a steak or cheese steak.  It becomes a steak hoagie with the addition of lettuce tom. etc.
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Re:Connecticut grinders 2014/06/04 09:15:34 (permalink)
Growing up in Philly, I remember asking one of my brothers when I was little what a grinder was, and he told me it was a hot hoagie.
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Re:Connecticut grinders 2014/06/04 09:42:04 (permalink)
"Cheesesteak Hoagie" would be a good Weird Al spin on ZZ Top...
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Re:Connecticut grinders 2014/06/04 10:24:36 (permalink)
Never have been fond of the cheesesteak/ hoagie concept. Maybe I never had a good one..
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Re:Connecticut grinders 2014/06/04 10:33:04 (permalink)
Twinwillow I just perused Jimmy's menu and the pictures make me want to jump in the truck and drive up IH35 (which I hate) and go there.
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Re:Connecticut grinders 2014/06/04 10:47:04 (permalink)
My first experience with a "grinder" was 20 years ago on a business trip to New London, CT. I wandered in to a sandwich shop just a block or two outside the Coast Guard Academy. I had an Italian, just like the one shown by Ketteract in a previous post, with a birch beer. Being from the south , I had never heard the term grinder before. Before I posted this I went on Google Earth to see if I could locate the shop, but unable to do so. My contact at the CG Academy had recommend this place for lunch and I can't remember the name of it. Oh well, the grinder was pretty good!
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Re:Connecticut grinders 2014/06/04 14:39:16 (permalink)
Phildelmar
Never have been fond of the cheesesteak/ hoagie concept. Maybe I never had a good one..

You've missed one of life's little pleasures!
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Re:Connecticut grinders 2014/06/04 15:23:02 (permalink)
I have been dying for a Franklin Giant Grinder since I saw your photos.  I will need to make a trip into Hartford.
 
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Re:Connecticut grinders 2014/06/04 19:39:30 (permalink)
Going to college in Providence RI, the nightly trek to the "trucks" was a big thing. There were 3 or 4 across from the college green. One making a decent living serving hotdogs steamed in BEER!  How could that lose on a  college campus?  One other truck offered, in the local semi-ethnic tones, "Grrr-ind-DAHS".  Oh Gawd.....such a downfall, especially the Ham-Bug-Gah Grrrrrr-ind-dah forced down with a frappe (milk shake with I/C for you non New Englanders)
 
they also stayed late most nights until 11 or 12 and weekends to 1 or better, offering the illustrious "cure" to tomorrow's hangover
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Re:Connecticut grinders 2014/06/04 19:57:55 (permalink)
We called it a freeze, not a frappe.  A milk shake was a real milk shake. Milk and syrup -- only. A milk shake with a scoop of ice cream mixed in was a freeze and a shake with a scoop of ice cream added afterwards was a float.
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Re:Connecticut grinders 2014/06/06 11:21:20 (permalink)
One thing about Subway; they are pretty much franchised instead of centrally owned, so that you WILL get some variation from one to the next.
 
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Re:Connecticut grinders 2014/06/06 11:42:02 (permalink)
Not a lot
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Re:Connecticut grinders 2014/06/06 13:08:53 (permalink)
I want a coffee milk with my grinder!
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Re:Connecticut grinders 2014/06/06 13:25:11 (permalink)
I have good experiences with my local Subways as long as I stick to cold cuts of some sort. I tried the 'roast chicken' once just to see, and well, I noticed a resemblence to a tile. I finished my sandwich but never again. I've never tried the egg sandwiches because I don't trust the look of the 'egg'. Floor tile again. Vegetables are always nice and fresh. Bread is fine. Overall, nothing I couldn't make at home, if I wanted to go to the trouble and a less guilty alternative to hamburgers and Tex-Mex. Now if I had other alternatives locally, like the kind you all talk about, I'd be there in a heartbeat, but for my money, locally, I'm satisfied with Subway. I notice that Sonic gets a lot of bad press in the Roadfood forums, but again, locally, at the price, I'm satisfied.
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