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Need a meatball sub in the Fin'l Dist!

Alcachofa Sep 7, 2007 08:39 AM

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.

  1. MC Slim JB Jan 29, 2008 11:02 AM

    I like Al's well enough, but the most delicious meatball sub I've had in Downtown lately is the kubideh in pita at the "new" Pita Kabob on Chauncy Street. That is teh awesome.

    1. scubahood10 Jan 29, 2008 09:20 AM

      I have to say that I am not crazy about Al's subs. I feel like it is a great deal for the size of all the food but the quality is lacking. I like the subs at Archie's New York deli next to the old Filenes. They aren't the best subs in the world but I haven't had a bad one and they do some really tasty specials like meatloaf with gravy (add mashed potatoes too) and the pilgrim sub which is a thanksgiving feast wrapped into one. As for the best bread I feel like that is Buccieri's Cafe - 260 Franklin St. However the sandwiches are only ok.

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        Blumie Jan 29, 2008 08:55 AM

        I don't normally like to dig up old threads, but I went to Al's for lunch today and searched for this thread for advice. Based on this thread, I ended up with the State Street Cafe Special, extra hots. I also got to try my assistant's Italian with the works and extra hots. Both were great. The bread was magnificent, and clearly what makes the sandwich; I have to imagine that most things on that bread are gonna taste good. And what a great operation during the lunch-time rush!

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        1. re: Blumie
          finlero Jan 29, 2008 09:03 AM

          You must have an excellent assistant if (s)he shares an Al's Italian with you. Or perhaps you're just very intimidating...

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            Blumie Jan 29, 2008 09:52 AM

            Well, I brought her a large, which is bigger than she is!

          2. re: Blumie
            Alcachofa Jan 29, 2008 02:04 PM

            Well, this brings the thread full circle. I "needed" that meatball sub the day after I met you at that highly-regarded bar.

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              Blumie Jan 29, 2008 03:42 PM

              I remember. One of those cocktails would go nicely with an Al's meatball sub!

          3. halaluia13 Sep 13, 2007 06:42 PM

            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!!!!

            1. Rubee Sep 12, 2007 10:25 AM

              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?

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

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              1. re: Rubee
                Bob Dobalina Sep 12, 2007 10:52 AM

                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
                  Rubee Sep 12, 2007 11:53 AM

                  Thanks Bob Dobalina! Just what I wanted to know.

                  1. re: Rubee
                    Rubee Sep 12, 2007 02:25 PM

                    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
                  itaunas Sep 12, 2007 02:43 PM

                  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.

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                  joestrummer Sep 12, 2007 08:57 AM

                  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
                    Bob Dobalina Sep 12, 2007 10:07 AM

                    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.

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                      xperteater Jan 29, 2008 09:46 AM

                      2nd the chix salad

                  2. Alcachofa Sep 7, 2007 10:20 AM

                    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
                      lissy Sep 10, 2007 07:11 PM

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

                      1. re: Alcachofa
                        Joanie Sep 12, 2007 04:57 AM

                        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
                          finlero Sep 12, 2007 07:12 AM

                          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
                            Bob Dobalina Sep 12, 2007 08:44 AM

                            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. Bob Dobalina Sep 7, 2007 09:05 AM

                        Al's State Street Cafe - get the large.

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                          hiddenboston Sep 7, 2007 09:08 AM

                          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. re: Bob Dobalina
                            finlero Sep 7, 2007 09:54 AM

                            Third it. Awesome.

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