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May 1, 2007 11:04 AM

Where can i find a decent meatball sub in SD?

I can't seem to find the real deal around here. Good bread, nice sauce, and quality cheese and meatballs. Anyone know of any san diego hot spots?

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  1. The meatball sub at Regents Pizza in the UTC area always satisfied my craving.

    1. I usually make do with the meatball sub at Filippi's Pizza Grotto. Closest thing to back east that I've found in San Diego. It's a fun place to visit and the pizza is good too.

      6 Replies
      1. re: happensatonce

        Besides my house...for sure Filippi's. We generally get them to go and they are delish and a great deal.

        1. re: jturtle

          I don't know why Filippi's isn't more popular on Chowhound, but I always have fun there. Our east coast visitors are sometimes wary of the whole fish taco thing in San Diego and I bring them there to calm them down.

          1. re: happensatonce

            I've only been to Filippi's once and I found it to be quite mediocre. I don't understand all the hype surrounding it and why people will wait for 2 hours to eat there on a Fri/Sat night. I'm guessing most people like it because the portion size is huge and the prices are very reasonable. However, the quality of the food left much to be desired. The pasta sauce was watery and the clams were canned. The pizza was very "doughy" and didn't have a lot of flavor. I haven't tried the meatball sandwich though.

            1. re: mliew

              I haven't been in quite some time, but the last time I went (in PB) I had their lasagna and it was terrible. Big, heavy and tasteless.

              1. re: ladron

                We seem to have gotten off topic: OP was asking about meatball subs. No one was asking about Filipi's in general or how their lasagna etc...was. Myself and others are not claiming that it is mind blowing or the best for Italian food in general but that their meatball sub is something that is particularly good and is recommended.

        2. re: happensatonce

          We go to the Filippi's in Poway and I've never run into a crowd, which is good because I don't love it enough to wait for a table. However, whenever someone mentions it, the first thing I think is "Boy, I love their meatball sandwiches!" Soft, crusty bread, tender meatballs, good sauce and warm gooey cheese... yum!

          I've had their pizza with extra cheese, which somehow makes it taste better to me. Their eggplant parm isn't bad, either. Not a fan of their spaghetti, though.

        3. Lefty's in North Park.

          1. BMH Italian deli on El Cajon is a hole-in-the-wall with great meatball sandwiches, and the closest thing I have found in SD to real hoagies (as an ex-Philadelphian I take my hoagies seriously). Great bread!

            1. We like to got DiMilles, We go there often and they even deliver. I sometimes get the eggplant sandwich as well. They will ask what kind of sauce do you want, get the traditional meat sauce, the vegi alternative is filled with vegi's and not just a plain red sauce They have coupons on the website.

              3492 Adams Avenue
              San Diego, CA 92116