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auxguard
Junior Burger
2008/01/21 20:53:49
Who makes the best meatball grinder in Connecticut
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: Grinders 2008/01/21 20:59:16
You must be from somewhere around Bridgeport.
UncleVic
Sirloin
RE: Grinders 2008/01/21 21:30:50
I'd guess Southbury...

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

Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: Grinders 2008/01/21 21:34:56
Southbury? That's a little north of Bridgeport. What makes you guess that?
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: Grinders 2008/01/21 23:05:56
'Cause that's where his profile says he's from...

Buddy
Greymo
Filet Mignon
RE: Grinders 2008/01/21 23:25:42
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.
Jimeats
Filet Mignon
RE: Grinders 2008/01/22 08:40:29
I thought grindes in Ct. were called subs on a torpedo roll.
Here in Boston their called subs and sometimes spuckies. Chow Jim
mikez629
Cheeseburger
RE: Grinders 2008/01/22 08:43:22
Why would somebody name a sandwich a GRINDER. How about meatball parm.
or
HOGIE
I get SUB,just not the others
efuery
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Grinders 2008/01/22 08:57:30
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.
Frankman
Cheeseburger
RE: Grinders 2008/01/22 09:33:30
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.



Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: Grinders 2008/01/22 12:08:15
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.
exsquidao
Cheeseburger
RE: Grinders 2008/01/22 12:13:49
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.
Navy_Brat913
Cheeseburger
RE: Grinders 2008/01/22 16:33:12
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.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: Grinders 2008/01/22 16:53:29
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.
JoeEats
Junior Burger
RE: Grinders 2008/01/22 17:09:29
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.
Navy_Brat913
Cheeseburger
RE: Grinders 2008/01/24 11:53:36
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.
exsquidao
Cheeseburger
RE: Grinders 2008/01/24 11:59:22
yeah forgot about hero's also I've seen a couple of places that call them bombs.
MiamiDon
Filet Mignon
RE: Grinders 2008/01/24 12:06:59
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.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: Grinders 2008/01/24 12:20:53
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.
Navy_Brat913
Cheeseburger
RE: Grinders 2008/01/24 12:24:46


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).
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: Grinders 2008/01/24 12:35:20
They have a high school in Groton?
Navy_Brat913
Cheeseburger
RE: Grinders 2008/01/24 12:41:07
quote:
Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

They have a high school in Groton?


Lol, as unfortunate as it is....yes
essvee
Cheeseburger
RE: Grinders 2008/01/24 12:58:58
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.
Arcayne
Junior Burger
RE: Grinders 2008/02/06 02:03:31
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:)
fischgrape
Cheeseburger
RE: Grinders 2008/02/25 12:34:06
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
seafarer john
Filet Mignon
RE: Grinders 2008/02/25 13:58:34
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
doug_ua
Hamburger
RE: Grinders 2008/02/25 14:04:29
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!
joerogo
Filet Mignon
RE: Grinders 2008/02/25 14:40:10
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.
justtable
Cheeseburger
RE: Grinders 2008/02/25 14:43:23
How many names are there?
Sub
Submarine
Hoagie
Hero
Wedge
Bomb
Grinder
Torpedo

ANY MORE?
brookquarry
Cheeseburger
RE: Grinders 2008/02/25 17:46:49
quote:
Originally posted by justtable

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

ANY MORE?



zepplin, in Norristown Pa
brickie
Cheeseburger
RE: Grinders 2008/02/25 17:56:53
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
justtable
Cheeseburger
RE: Grinders 2008/02/25 21:06:19
quote:
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
fischgrape
Cheeseburger
RE: Grinders 2008/02/25 23:07:31
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
catnhatnh
Cheeseburger
RE: Grinders 2008/02/28 22:28:00
quote:
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....
slcgrad
Junior Burger
RE: Grinders 2008/02/28 23:20:31
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.
fischgrape
Cheeseburger
RE: Grinders 2008/02/29 21:51:52
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.
JBarry713
Cheeseburger
RE: Grinders 2008/02/29 23:29:40
quote:
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.
fischgrape
Cheeseburger
RE: Grinders 2008/03/02 12:54:52
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
jimsock9
Cheeseburger
RE: Grinders 2008/03/02 13:16:10
quote:
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).
fischgrape
Cheeseburger
RE: Grinders 2008/03/03 16:12:20
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

sk bob
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Grinders 2008/03/21 23:24:46
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.
Born in OKC
Cheeseburger
RE: Grinders 2008/03/26 20:26:54
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?
kilerclown
Hamburger
RE: Grinders 2008/10/17 11:45:31
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.
vegas
Hamburger
RE: Grinders 2008/10/17 12:05:12
Stamford/Norwalk = Wedge
Foodosaurus
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Grinders 2008/10/17 12:09:57
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.
kilerclown
Hamburger
RE: Grinders 2008/10/17 12:24:20
Thanks braun...I live in Essex so I will definately give them a try.
Tedbear
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Grinders 2008/10/17 17:31:15

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.
Foodbme
Porterhouse
RE: Grinders 2008/10/17 17:51:07
quote:
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
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: Grinders 2008/10/17 17:55:55
quote:
Originally posted by braunsteinm

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.
phatphil
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Grinders 2008/10/17 19:07:51
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
cavandre
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Grinders 2008/10/29 08:23:54
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!

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!
Foodosaurus
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Grinders 2008/10/29 08:34:16
Michael - To answer your question about gas prices; on my way to work this morning, gas was $2.45.
BillyB
Filet Mignon
Re:Grinders 2009/02/05 12:58:09

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
brittneal
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Grinders 2009/02/05 13:07:08
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
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
RE: Grinders 2009/02/05 13:11:48
We called them wedges in Yonkers NY in the 50s and 60s.
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
RE: Grinders 2009/02/05 13:15:46
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.)
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Grinders 2009/02/05 13:30:03
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?

MiamiDon
Filet Mignon
RE: Grinders 2009/02/05 13:42:42
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.
TnTinCT
Cheeseburger
RE: Grinders 2009/02/06 07:20:08
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.
kazurious
Junior Burger
Re:Grinders 2009/02/06 10:02:37
 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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