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auxguard

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Grinders Mon, 01/21/08 8:53 PM (permalink)
Who makes the best meatball grinder in Connecticut
 
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    Michael Hoffman

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    RE: Grinders Mon, 01/21/08 8:59 PM (permalink)
    You must be from somewhere around Bridgeport.
     
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      UncleVic

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      RE: Grinders Mon, 01/21/08 9:30 PM (permalink)
      I'd guess Southbury...

      Pretty sure with you being on the East Coast, you'll get your answer here!

       
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        Michael Hoffman

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        RE: Grinders Mon, 01/21/08 9:34 PM (permalink)
        Southbury? That's a little north of Bridgeport. What makes you guess that?
         
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          BuddyRoadhouse

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          RE: Grinders Mon, 01/21/08 11:05 PM (permalink)
          'Cause that's where his profile says he's from...

          Buddy
           
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            Greymo

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            RE: Grinders Mon, 01/21/08 11:25 PM (permalink)
            quote:
            Originally posted by auxguard

            Who makes the best meatball grinder in Connecticut?


            I will let you know as soon as I try all of them.
             
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              Jimeats

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              RE: Grinders Tue, 01/22/08 8:40 AM (permalink)
              I thought grindes in Ct. were called subs on a torpedo roll.
              Here in Boston their called subs and sometimes spuckies. Chow Jim
               
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                mikez629

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                RE: Grinders Tue, 01/22/08 8:43 AM (permalink)
                Why would somebody name a sandwich a GRINDER. How about meatball parm.
                or
                HOGIE
                I get SUB,just not the others
                 
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                  efuery

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                  RE: Grinders Tue, 01/22/08 8:57 AM (permalink)
                  D'elia's used to make a pretty good meatball GRINDER. They were based in Norwich (Franklin St) but also had a shop in the Uncasville/Montville area, near where the Mohegan Sun is now. They were primarily a bakery and supplied breads to many of the restaurants in that area. There slogan was, "It's the bread that makes the Grinder". I do not know if they are still around though. It's been a while since I've been that way.
                   
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                    Frankman

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                    RE: Grinders Tue, 01/22/08 9:33 AM (permalink)
                    Jennies Monroe
                    Salernos West Haven

                    These are two very good MB grinders.
                    I think grinders are mostly either good or very good. Ocasionally you get one that has say rosemary (River Rest. Derby) in the sauce or an herb that you're not used to (Beacon Falls Pizza). I cant remember anywhere that I've had one I disliked enough to mention it.
                    I grew up around the Bridgeport area and have only heard them called grinders or subs.
                    You know, after reading all the Roadfood reviews and reading how hard it is for the Sterns to pick a top 10 list, I've come to the conclusion that it would be much easier to list the places not to go to.



                     
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                      Michael Hoffman

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                      RE: Grinders Tue, 01/22/08 12:08 PM (permalink)
                      quote:
                      Originally posted by Jimeats

                      I thought grindes in Ct. were called subs on a torpedo roll.
                      Here in Boston their called subs and sometimes spuckies. Chow Jim

                      Wher I grew up in Connecticut hot and cold, they were all subs. But in the Bridgeport area hot subs were always called grinders.
                       
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                        exsquidao

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                        RE: Grinders Tue, 01/22/08 12:13 PM (permalink)
                        Subs, grinders, I grew up using both terms, torpedos I guess are out by Groton and some places say wedges around Stratford, Bridgeport and closer to NY.
                         
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                          Navy_Brat913

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                          RE: Grinders Tue, 01/22/08 4:33 PM (permalink)
                          I grew up in Groton between '83 and '93, and they were either Grinders or Subs. I left there in early 94 so I guess there might be other names, lol.
                           
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                            Michael Hoffman

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                            RE: Grinders Tue, 01/22/08 4:53 PM (permalink)
                            quote:
                            Originally posted by Navy_Brat913

                            I grew up in Groton between '83 and '93, and they were either Grinders or Subs. I left there in early 94 so I guess there might be other names, lol.

                            I remember a terrific restaurant and bar (the name of which I cannot remember) in Groton, along Route 12. It had pictures of Submarine skippers and crews all over the place. Good subs, burgers and stuff.
                             
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                              JoeEats

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                              RE: Grinders Tue, 01/22/08 5:09 PM (permalink)
                              Here in the Ocean State, grinder is the name of choice. Growing up in the Mid-Hudson Valley, we used to call 'em heros or subs.
                               
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                                Navy_Brat913

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                                RE: Grinders Thu, 01/24/08 11:53 AM (permalink)
                                quote:
                                Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

                                quote:
                                Originally posted by Navy_Brat913

                                I grew up in Groton between '83 and '93, and they were either Grinders or Subs. I left there in early 94 so I guess there might be other names, lol.

                                I remember a terrific restaurant and bar (the name of which I cannot remember) in Groton, along Route 12. It had pictures of Submarine skippers and crews all over the place. Good subs, burgers and stuff.


                                Hmmm, the only one I can remember (it's been 9 yrs since I've been back and have lived in 4 different states since, lol) is The Ground Round. Just visited the website www.groundround.com and they've changed quite a bit, but I remember their burgers were pretty good. Never tried the sandwiches, I was fairly young when I went and not quite as adventurous back then.
                                 
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                                  exsquidao

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                                  RE: Grinders Thu, 01/24/08 11:59 AM (permalink)
                                  yeah forgot about hero's also I've seen a couple of places that call them bombs.
                                   
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                                    MiamiDon

                                    RE: Grinders Thu, 01/24/08 12:06 PM (permalink)
                                    quote:
                                    Originally posted by exsquidao

                                    yeah forgot about hero's also I've seen a couple of places that call them bombs.


                                    There is a sub shop near me which calls a "loaded" sub a bomb, i.e. "cold-cut bomb", etc.
                                     
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                                      Michael Hoffman

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                                      RE: Grinders Thu, 01/24/08 12:20 PM (permalink)
                                      quote:
                                      Originally posted by Navy_Brat913

                                      quote:
                                      Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

                                      quote:
                                      Originally posted by Navy_Brat913

                                      I grew up in Groton between '83 and '93, and they were either Grinders or Subs. I left there in early 94 so I guess there might be other names, lol.

                                      I remember a terrific restaurant and bar (the name of which I cannot remember) in Groton, along Route 12. It had pictures of Submarine skippers and crews all over the place. Good subs, burgers and stuff.


                                      Hmmm, the only one I can remember (it's been 9 yrs since I've been back and have lived in 4 different states since, lol) is The Ground Round. Just visited the website www.groundround.com and they've changed quite a bit, but I remember their burgers were pretty good. Never tried the sandwiches, I was fairly young when I went and not quite as adventurous back then.

                                      Nope. The place I remember was a locally-owned Mom & Pop type restaurant.
                                       
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                                        Navy_Brat913

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                                        RE: Grinders Thu, 01/24/08 12:24 PM (permalink)


                                        Nope. The place I remember was a locally-owned Mom & Pop type restaurant.


                                        Hmmm....sounds familiar but I'm drawing a blank. will have to do some research, lol. That may be the place to visit when I go back for my 20th HS reunion (in 4 years).
                                         
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                                          Michael Hoffman

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                                          RE: Grinders Thu, 01/24/08 12:35 PM (permalink)
                                          They have a high school in Groton?
                                           
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                                            Navy_Brat913

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                                            RE: Grinders Thu, 01/24/08 12:41 PM (permalink)
                                            quote:
                                            Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

                                            They have a high school in Groton?


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

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                                              RE: Grinders Thu, 01/24/08 12:58 PM (permalink)
                                              I grew up in Colchester and Old Lyme and they were always grinders. One distinction may be that the neon signs always said "hot grinders." Perhaps the cold ones were subs in some places?

                                              In MA, asking for a grinder gets you a raised eyebrow. Always subs anywhere I've been in that state. Have read the word but have never heard anyone say "spuckie."

                                              In Old Saybrook, across from Johnny Ad's was a sublime meatball grinder, alas gone from us now (as is the name of the establishment). We would stop by after a trip to McNulty's, where they had the good sense to serve us when we were but fifteen or sixteen years of age. Good times.

                                              In Worcester MA, however, John and Sons II made the best meatball grinder I've ever eaten. They baked a special loaf which they would cut in half crosswise. Each half was called a "boot." They would hollow it out and spoon in meatballs that had been simmering in sauce long enough to achieve that astonishing transmutation, where the meatball gains an incredible texture and meatball and sauce almost become one.

                                              I would step over my own mother for one more of those. I did, in fact, end up in Worcester City Hospital with a busted knee because of that grinder. I was riding back to my apartment with one in my backpack and I saw a car double parked just ahead. Instead of slowing down to assess the situation, I was so intoxicated with the prospect of eating said grinder I rode my bike between that car and the one parked curbside. Of course the passenger opened the door at just that moment, whacking me on the knee and sending me ass over teakettle. Never did get to eat that grinder.
                                               
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                                                Arcayne

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                                                RE: Grinders Wed, 02/6/08 2:03 AM (permalink)
                                                Why would somebody name a sandwich a GRINDER>>

                                                In the Southeastern CT area, the grinders were named for the men working on the submarines at Electric Boats, they would order so many of them daily. That's what I always heard:)
                                                 
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                                                  fischgrape

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                                                  RE: Grinders Mon, 02/25/08 12:34 PM (permalink)
                                                  1. Growing up in southern Westchester County, NY, a hero sandwich was referred to as a 'wedge,' whether hot or cold. So a 'roast beef wedge' or 'meatball parm wedge' would come on a long italian-bread roll.

                                                  2. Going to college in suburban Philly (not far from West Chester), a grinder was a hero sandwich, usually one normally served cold (italian combo, roast beef, turkey breast, etc.) topped with provolone and heated in the pizza oven.

                                                  3. Here in the Mid-Hudson Valley, anything on a long roll, hot or cold, is called a hero.

                                                  I haven't seen anything like the Philly grinder anywhere else.

                                                  john
                                                   
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                                                    seafarer john

                                                    RE: Grinders Mon, 02/25/08 1:58 PM (permalink)
                                                    I just recently learned that the term "Grinder" comes from the welder's assistant who had the job of "grinding"the welds smooth - so the sandwich must have originated in the Groton area and was ascribed to be "grinders" food as opposed to, perhaps, something else for more highly skilled workers.

                                                    Cheers, John
                                                     
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                                                      doug_ua

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                                                      RE: Grinders Mon, 02/25/08 2:04 PM (permalink)
                                                      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!
                                                       
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                                                        joerogo

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                                                        RE: Grinders Mon, 02/25/08 2:40 PM (permalink)
                                                        How about Nardelli's? Exit 25 off I-84. I never tried their meatball grinder but this is the only place outside of Old Forge, Pa that has Italian soffrito on their menu. Nardelli's Soffrito is in a red sauce and is excellent. In Old Forge (See Salernos) it is called Soffrita and is prepared with Garlic, olive oil, red wine vinegar and rosemary.

                                                        Also Nardelli's has been voted #1 grinder in CT.
                                                         
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                                                          justtable

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                                                          RE: Grinders Mon, 02/25/08 2:43 PM (permalink)
                                                          How many names are there?
                                                          Sub
                                                          Submarine
                                                          Hoagie
                                                          Hero
                                                          Wedge
                                                          Bomb
                                                          Grinder
                                                          Torpedo

                                                          ANY MORE?
                                                           
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                                                            brookquarry

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                                                            RE: Grinders Mon, 02/25/08 5:46 PM (permalink)
                                                            quote:
                                                            Originally posted by justtable

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

                                                            ANY MORE?



                                                            zepplin, in Norristown Pa
                                                             
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