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Steak&Cheese Sub

I haven't had a steak&cheese sub since last year. I'm looking for a place that serves a tasty, tender steak&cheese sub North of Boston (inside Route 128). I'm not looking for a place in Boston because it's hard to find a parking spot. I have been to Carl's in Waltham, Bob's in Medford and I Chef in Arlington. I have also been D'Angelo's too. Does anyone have a favorite spot for a good steak&cheese sub served in a huge sub roll or french bread? Size and taste does matter! Any recommendations would be appreciated.

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  1. I might get in trouble for saying this on chowhound, but Papa Gino's makes a really, really good steak and cheese sub. Really good!

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    1. re: mabelm4050

      I actually agree with this....it's as solid as a D'Angelos (I love the number #9, despite the high price).

    2. A&A Deli in Brattle Square, Arlington, used to make an excellent steak and cheese, but it has been a long time since I have been there, so I'm not sure if they are still good.

      1. There was a place in North Reading- near the high school- that used to have great cheese steaks- called the Hornets Nest. I think they had a fire a few years ago, and I haven't had a cheese steak from there in years- but they were so good. I used to get a large cheese steak with raw onions and mushrooms. Maybe other hounds can confirm if it is still there.

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        1. re: macca

          YES, we are still there. we re-opened 3 months after the fire. thank you for your recommendation.

        2. Being born and raised in Beverly, i may be bias, however i still find myself comparing every steak bomb i eat to Super Sub on Cabot Street in Beverly.

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          1. A favorite topic of mine. Some of my favorites that are easy to drive to and park at are:

            Ma Magoo's (Fresh Pond)
            Cheddars (also Fresh Pond)
            Boyles (Broadway in Arlington)

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            1. re: yumyum

              So excited Boyles is 1.5 miles from my house! I know where I am going this evening for dinner!

              1. re: natethegreek

                I love Boyles! But everyone's tastes are different, especially when it comes to important topics like Steak and Cheese. Please let us know what you think.

            2. It's not exactly north, but Mighty Subs in Needham (on Highland Ave, literally, right off I-95/128 exit 19A) is AWESOME. Their slogan is 'our small is their large' and they mean it. Their chip selection could use some work, though.

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              1. re: bloomeanie

                If the criteria for awesome is large, then i agree but i find the quality of all their subs to be poor. Been years since i have been there though, maybe its improved.. But if your offering a sub 2x the size as the competitor for the same price or less, there is usually a reason. Used to much prefer Bob's Subs about 5 minutes away.

              2. Angelina's in Teele Sq. in Somerville makes a tasty one.

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                1. re: bear

                  I tried this the other day on your recommendations. Angelina's makes a very tasty cheese steak, with shaved beef, not that ground kibble, and the standard American cheese. A bargain for the price and the other subs I saw being prepared looked good too. I wish the roll was better, but that's always my complaint since Nick's in Davis changed hands. They used to use a crusty french baguette style roll that just kicked butt. Most places use a fluffy sub roll that only becomes good when toasted.

                  1. re: yumyum

                    Did the steak & cheese sub roll from Angelina's get soggy? Many sub shops in the greater Boston area use sub rolls from Piantedosi. They are fresh and soft but when you add hot steak & cheese the roll gets mushy/soggy. I would also rather have my sub prepared in a piece of nice crunchy french bread. Not many places use french bread for their subs probably due to cost. Would you recommend Angelina's in Somerville?

                    1. re: buffet king

                      The roll did not get soggy, but I admit I ate it pretty quickly. :-) Because I try to limit my steak and cheese intake, I'd usually drive over the Cheddars or MaMagoos (both Fresh Pond) for my fix. I'd recommend Angelina's if you are doing a horizontal tasting of steak and cheeses in the area.

                      1. re: yumyum

                        Who makes a better steak & cheese sub, Cheddars, MaMagoos or Angelina's? I went to Cheddars once a few years ago and thought that the steak & cheese sub was okay. I have never been to MaMagoos or Angelina's in Somerville.

                        1. re: buffet king

                          Opinions will vary. I go back and forth between Cheddars and MaMagoos. Angelina's is only in the mix for completeness sake. To the full list I'd add Boyles in Arlington. You'll have to bit the bullet and try them all. Report back after you get out of the ICU.

                          1. re: yumyum

                            Are steak bombs categorically different than steak & cheeses?

                            If not, you might want to try the steak bomb at Victor's in Somerville. It's really large, quite cheap, and there are a bunch of extras in it (mushrooms, peppers, onions, and salami-type meat lining the bottom).

                            I'm not a huge Victor's fan, but this sandwich is the needle in the haystack.

                            1. re: fecalface

                              Funny, I am a big fan of Victor's (esp. the chicken cutlet), but I didn't like the steak sub I got there at all. It was just steak & onion, so maybe cheese and other stuff covers up the low quality of the meat better? Plus the onions were in big raw chunks, which was weird.

                2. Gregory's on Main St in Reading
                  Sub Factory Olympia Ave Woburn

                  Sub Factory
                  25 Olympia Ave, Woburn, MA 01801

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                  1. re: phonelady

                    Supa's in Lowell, right near U Mass Lowell Engineering campus, unbelivably good

                  2. Dom's Sausage in Malden and Boyles Market in Arlington make my current favorites.

                    Boyles Market
                    64 Broadway, Arlington, MA 02474

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                    1. re: joth68

                      Dino's North End is very good.

                      1. re: rcmbta

                        the bread they use is awesome. and those subs are ridonkously huge

                    2. Umm, surprised nobody mentioned Liberty Bell? Such a good steak and cheese from what I remember. I hope they didn't go down in quality. There are a few locations in Stoneham/Wakefield area.

                      Also Giovanni's...started in Londonderry, NH now there are a ton of locations, some in MA (they have a website with full list). Their steak and cheeses are amazing!

                        1. re: rich patina

                          Mama Leone's in Somerville

                          Mama Leone's
                          113 Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH 03842

                        2. Mimi's Roast Beef in Waltham ( by the commuter rail ) . They make a great steak and cheese ..There is a reason they have been in business over 25 years in the same spot ! Also love their onion rings ...

                          Mimi's Roast Beef
                          3 Carter St, Waltham, MA 02453