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RE: Grinders 2008/02/25 17:56:53 (permalink)
Best grinder I've had,"I haven't tried a meatball" was here.
http://maps.google.com/maps?sourceid=navclient-ff&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1B3RNFA_enUS233US233&um=1&q=franklin+giant+grinder&near=Hartford,+CT&fb=1&view=text&latlng=41736540,-72675140,9354133673622473141
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RE: Grinders 2008/02/25 21:06:19 (permalink)
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Originally posted by brookquarry

quote:
Originally posted by justtable

How many names are there?
Sub
Submarine
Hoagie
Hero
Wedge
Bomb
Grinder
Torpedo
Zepplin

ANY MORE?



zepplin, in Norristown Pa


Now thats one I have not heard of, but makes sense
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RE: Grinders 2008/02/25 23:07:31 (permalink)
What I'm curious about is, how did 'grinder' make it all the way from Groton down to Philadelphia? The grinder and submarine (hence 'sub') terms make complete sense with reference to Electric Boat in Groton (where, by the way, my uncle Tom Mahoney head machinist for the nuclear reactor powerplants for a while), but how did Grinder turn into a hot cold-cut hero sandwich with melted provolone?

john
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RE: Grinders 2008/02/28 22:28:00 (permalink)
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Originally posted by justtable

How many names are there?
Sub
Submarine
Hoagie
Hero
Wedge
Bomb
Grinder
Torpedo

ANY MORE?

Well, down south there's Po'Boys....
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RE: Grinders 2008/02/28 23:20:31 (permalink)
I'm from Philly, and I have to agree that we have the best meatball "grinders." Connecticut; New York; they ain't got nothin', so to speak.

I did used to live in Westchester, NY, and it drove me crazy when people called them "wedges." I don't know why.

If you're ever in the suburbs of Philly, check out a sub shop and get a Veal Parmisan grinder. I can no longer remember the name of my childhoood sub shop... but... good stuff... and an unappreciated sandwich. As long as you don't mind killing baby cows. Although I never believed that there actual veal in a "Veal" Parmisan Grinder.
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RE: Grinders 2008/02/29 21:51:52 (permalink)
When I was in college at Swarthmore, the best cheesesteaks, and presumably, other grinders were at La Spada's in Broomall. There were some decent grinders, steaks and strombolis at Pinocchio's in Media, and the classic locations in Philly. The pizza everywhere sucked, though. My favorite name of any pizza/sub shop ever was the 'Original Olde English Style Pizza' on Baltimore Pike. Their steaks were okay...but the pizza still sucked.
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RE: Grinders 2008/02/29 23:29:40 (permalink)
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Originally posted by brickie

Best grinder I've had,"I haven't tried a meatball" was here.
http://maps.google.com/maps?sourceid=navclient-ff&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1B3RNFA_enUS233US233&um=1&q=franklin+giant+grinder&near=Hartford,+CT&fb=1&view=text&latlng=41736540,-72675140,9354133673622473141


Franklin Ave. Giant Grinder is a great place, best grinder (sub, hero, hoagie, whatever you call it) I've had any where up to this point.
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RE: Grinders 2008/03/02 12:54:52 (permalink)
Of course, now you all have me hungry and jonesing for a meatball parm hero. The Mid-Hudson Valley has its share of pizza shops, but if anyone out there has a favorite, let me know!

jf
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RE: Grinders 2008/03/02 13:16:10 (permalink)
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Originally posted by slcgrad

I'm from Philly, and I have to agree that we have the best meatball "grinders." Connecticut; New York; they ain't got nothin', so to speak.

I did used to live in Westchester, NY, and it drove me crazy when people called them "wedges." I don't know why.

If you're ever in the suburbs of Philly, check out a sub shop and get a Veal Parmisan grinder. I can no longer remember the name of my childhoood sub shop... but... good stuff... and an unappreciated sandwich. As long as you don't mind killing baby cows. Although I never believed that there actual veal in a "Veal" Parmisan Grinder.


New York's got the best pizza and meatball parm (and everything else that comes from the pizza joints).
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RE: Grinders 2008/03/03 16:12:20 (permalink)
jimsock,

I agree on the pizza and meatball parm. But it seems like no one can make a cheesesteak better than they do in Philly. Of course, I've also had a terrible 'steak down there, but the good ones....well, they are transcendant.

Now, the pizza however--I'll never forget how the crusts down there more closely resembled some form of plastic or styrofoam than they did a yeast-raised dough. Especially at The Original Olde English Style Pizza, which we used to call 'Veal Faces.' Don't ask why.

john

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RE: Grinders 2008/03/21 23:24:46 (permalink)
Franklin Giant Grinder makes the best meatball & sausage GRINDERS in CT, sure wish we had a place in Daytona Beach like that, but the weathers better.
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RE: Grinders 2008/03/26 20:26:54 (permalink)
There was a guy named "Tugi" in Atlanta for a while and I started a thread about him but evidently I'm the only one on this board who ever ate there.

Anyway, his name for a double meat extra cheese (Italian type cold cuts) sub was: OCEAN LINER

I am from the south and did not grow up with this kind of sandwich although I have come to love them. Most of the names I have some understanding of, but where did the name, "Hoagie" come from?
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RE: Grinders 2008/10/17 11:45:31 (permalink)
I grew up in Middletown CT and we always called them grinders as well, I didnt hear them refered to as subs until Subway came around. Franklin St. does have good grinders. Also excellent grinders can be found at Wethersfield Pizza House on the Silas Deane Highway...especially good there are the chicken cutlet grinders. The eggplant literally melts in your mouth. Bring an appetite because these grinders are HUGE.
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RE: Grinders 2008/10/17 12:05:12 (permalink)
Stamford/Norwalk = Wedge
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RE: Grinders 2008/10/17 12:09:57 (permalink)
sk bob - I would have to say that Franklin Giant Grinders have the best Chicken Parm that I've ever had, but thats all I get.

kilerclown - I live in Middletown now, and I work on the Berlin Tpke in Newington. Thanks for the tip, now I know where I'm going to lunch today.

But to answer the original question: The best meatball grinder in CT would have to be at Saldamarco's in Clinton CT. Huge Meatballs, only two needed for an 8 inch sub. They also sell their meatball, par cooked. I fry these up and put them in my sauce.
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RE: Grinders 2008/10/17 12:24:20 (permalink)
Thanks braun...I live in Essex so I will definately give them a try.
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RE: Grinders 2008/10/17 17:31:15 (permalink)

The Peekskill, NY area also=Wedge. Or, at least that was the predominant term for a hot sub-type sandwich in that area, circa 1965.
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RE: Grinders 2008/10/17 17:51:07 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Navy_Brat913

quote:
Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

They have a high school in Groton?


Lol, as unfortunate as it is....yes


You two sound like that insurance commercial with 2 tailgating guys sitting in the parking lot--You got a boat?? You got a wife?? LMAO every time I see that one! LOL
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RE: Grinders 2008/10/17 17:55:55 (permalink)
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kilerclown - I live in Middletown now, and I work on the Berlin Tpke in Newington.

It's been a while since I last was on the Berlin Turnpike. Tell me, do they still have gasoline price wars there? We used to drive up from New Haven for the sixteen-point-nine-cents-per-gallon gasoline.
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RE: Grinders 2008/10/17 19:07:51 (permalink)
i grew up in skokie illinois and we had a place called eastern style pizza, they had a combo on garlic grinder or meatball that was awesome and filling and cheap, important when i was a kid
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RE: Grinders 2008/10/29 08:23:54 (permalink)
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Fischgrape - Glad to hear a fellow Westchester native give props to the "Wedge"..I grew up in New Rochelle, and a wedge/hero is all I've ever known!

Are either of you old enough to have had the pleasure of having a wedge from the Landy Brothers in the Park Hill section of Yonkers? That was the best wedge I've ever had!
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RE: Grinders 2008/10/29 08:34:16 (permalink)
Michael - To answer your question about gas prices; on my way to work this morning, gas was $2.45.
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Re:Grinders 2009/02/05 12:58:09 (permalink)

I don't think I have ever had a bad Meatball Grinder. Anytime you have homemade meatballs, put in an Italian grinder roll, then put into a pizza oven to melt Scamorza cheese. How could that go wrong. ...... used to be from the Eastside of bpt
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Re:Grinders 2009/02/05 13:07:08 (permalink)
mayor al,
do remember queens-the home of the grinder from sanberdoo.  they had 2-3 shops when i was there in the 70's.  my folks loved it when they were in town.
britt
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RE: Grinders 2009/02/05 13:11:48 (permalink)
We called them wedges in Yonkers NY in the 50s and 60s.
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RE: Grinders 2009/02/05 13:15:46 (permalink)
cavandre

[id="quote"]quote: [id="quote"]Originally posted by doug_ua

Fischgrape - Glad to hear a fellow Westchester native give props to the "Wedge"..I grew up in New Rochelle, and a wedge/hero is all I've ever known!

[id="quote"]
Are either of you old enough to have had the pleasure of having a wedge from the Landy Brothers in the Park Hill section of Yonkers? That was the best wedge I've ever had!


Westchester ruled in the 50s and 60s, especially Yonkers!

I got all my wedges usually at the Italian deli on the corner of Mile Square Road and Kimball Avenue (the area of Cross County Shopping Center and Yonkers Raceway - kind of between the two - between Central Avenue and Bronx River Rd.)
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Re:Grinders 2009/02/05 13:30:03 (permalink)
BillyB

I don't think I have ever had a bad Meatball Grinder. Anytime you have homemade meatballs, put in an Italian grinder roll, then put into a pizza oven to melt Scamorza cheese. How could that go wrong. ...... used to be from the Eastside of bpt

You mean like one from Jerry's on Pequonnock Street?

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RE: Grinders 2009/02/05 13:42:42 (permalink)
Born in OKC

There was a guy named "Tugi" in Atlanta for a while and I started a thread about him but evidently I'm the only one on this board who ever ate there.

Anyway, his name for a double meat extra cheese (Italian type cold cuts) sub was: OCEAN LINER

I am from the south and did not grow up with this kind of sandwich although I have come to love them. Most of the names I have some understanding of, but where did the name, "Hoagie" come from?


The Wikipedia entry seems to indicate that "hoagie" came from Philadelphia, but the explanations vary wildly.  Some of them are kind of funny.
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RE: Grinders 2009/02/06 07:20:08 (permalink)
Brought some extended family to Roseland Apizza in Derby last weekend, and mom-in-law had the meatball grinder - it looked AMAZING.  I did have meatball on my pizza - so from that can ascertain that the meatballs were tasty!  Plus they have that really great italian bread.....highly recommended.
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Re:Grinders 2009/02/06 10:02:37 (permalink)
 We are longtime Franklin Ave. Giant Grinder fans but we just last week found what we 
now feel is "The Holy Grail" of CT grinders. Check out Nardelli's and order the Italian with everything.
http://nardellis.com/



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