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Sep 7, 2007 08:39 AM

Need a meatball sub in the Fin'l Dist!

I have a wicked craving for a meatball sub!!!!!!!!!!! Where should I go? This is for the Financial District/Downtown. Please help, this is an emergency. (Hangover related)

PS: I have meatball subs maybe once every couple years. So, that's why I'm posting here in hopes of finding an above-average one.

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  1. Al's State Street Cafe - get the large.

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    1. re: Bob Dobalina

      My buddies swear by both the steak and cheese and the meatball sub at Al's. Just don't say anything bad about Bill Parcells when you're in there, as Al doesn't take kindly to anyone saying bad things about his hero. :-D

      1. I went to Al’s. Oh, yes, that hit the spot. I feel like a human again.

        The sauce had a little kick to it, which was welcome. Half-decent bread, too. I’ve never been to Al’s as it is on the completely opposite end of downtown from me, but I’d like to try a few more things there.

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        1. re: Alcachofa

          Hmmm, what could have possibly caused such a hangover??? Could it have been that last cocktail at No. 9???

          1. re: Alcachofa

            Half decent bread? Don't you think Al's kicks pretty much every other sub shop's bread? I'd suggest the prosciutto/moz/basil next time. I need to go beyond that choice at some point myself.

            1. re: Joanie

              I definitely agree that when it comes to sub shop bread in Boston, it's Al's and Italian Cafe at the top, then everyone else. If anyone knows about a sub shop with better bread, please drop some knowledge!

              Having said that, I will say that both Al's and the IC are a little inconsistent with the bake time. Most of the time their bread is perfectly crusty, but perhaps once out of four trips it's a little undercooked and chewy.

              1. re: finlero

                If by Boston you mean the surroundings, I'd say La Ronga's bread on Somerville Ave. technically has the best - All baking done on premises. ;)

                But definitely agree - can't beat having a sub when the bread is still warm....such as the case often with Al's.

          2. Seems like the jury is in on Al's meatball. How's the Italian sub there? Any other rec's for an Italian in Boston or nearby 'burbs?

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            1. re: joestrummer

              Italian is decent - three kinds of meat ( Mortadella, genoa salami, sweet capicola) , provolone and the usual toppings.

              For me, the better deal is the "State Street Special" which is simply prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and balsamic. I request the addition of hots. I am currently addicted. The chicken salad is also pretty good.

            2. Well, y'all have convinced me to check out Al's later today and pick up some subs. Any verdict on the chicken or eggplant parm, or BBQ roast beef?

              Al's State Street Cafe
              110 State St, Boston, MA 02109

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              1. re: Rubee

                The roast beef I believe is just cold roast beef with BBQ sauce, which fine if you're in that sort of mood. It's not one of my faves.

                1. re: Bob Dobalina

                  Thanks Bob Dobalina! Just what I wanted to know.

                  1. re: Rubee

                    So in the interest of Chowhound research, we picked up three subs - meatball, cheesesteak, and eggplant and chicken parm. No, I didn't eat them all ; )

                    My favorite was the meatball, juicy and flavorful with a good amount of cheese and sauce, though I liked the cheesesteak too. Wouldn't order the parm sandwich again - it was basically chicken tenders and thin slices of soggy, pale breaded eggplant, though wasn't a total loss with the great fresh bread and tasty sauce.

                    Thanks for the tip 'Hounds - I didn't even know about this place!

                2. re: Rubee

                  Does anybody know the current hours? I am pretty certain the hours listed on the places entry (from their web site, I believe) are no longer accurate on weekends. I used to go there during the holiday season on weekends, but never caught them once last holiday season.

                3. Take a short walk to the North End and get a great meatball (called the Don) at Hot Tomatoes on North Street!!
                  BTW: most of the sanwhiches are great!!!!