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Dec 4, 2007 11:07 AM

Houston Po Boys

Back in the late 70's to mid 80's there was a chain of Po Boy restaurants in Houston (Bissonnet, Westheimer, & Hillcroft) by the name of Yamin's. If anyone can remember them and might know of a place to get a hot sandwhich like that in Houston post it up please.

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  1. I remember Yamin's for pizza, spaghetti, etc. Never had the po-boys so I'm not sure what you're talking about. There was a split in the family and some of the Yamin's were renamed Stefano's, then they all disappeared.

    By hot po-boy do you mean just hot ingredients, such as meatballs, Italian sausage, or the whole sandwich is heated/grilled/toasted?

    For the former, Ponzo's, downtown on MacGowen near Spec's has some hot Italian subs; there's a new place on Airline near Canino's Produce Market called Chicago Italian Beef that would have them too. I haven't been to the latter.

    For toasted po-boys/subs with deli meats and cheeses, my fav is Mandola's Deli on Leeland @ Cullen. Looks like a doctor's office from the outside rather than a restaurant, closes by mid-afternoon. This is a branch of the same family that's got a lot of restos around town, including the original Carraba's. I like the Super Deluxe, heated, but they have about a dozen po-boys on the menu and you can have any one of them heated.

    Mr. Submarine on Mangum also does this kind of heated sub with lots of different ingredients, meat ball, deli meats and cheeses, etc. I haven't been in several years but I think you have to specify if you want it heated (they'll ask you at Mandola's).

    For New Orleans style po-boys on a baguette (fried shrimp, oysters, catfish, roast beef, etc.) try Ragin' Cajun or Jazzie Cafe on 19th in the Heights. They both do versions of the famous roast beef po-boy from Mother's in New Orleans.

    New York Pizzeria (several locations) has Italian panini which would be very similar to hot Italian style subs and lots of other places will serve paninis these days.

    Spec's Deli downtown has a big sandwich menu which would include meatball subs and they have a ready made po-boy with deli meats and cheeses for $2.50 that I sometimes pick up, bring home and toast in the skillet with just a smear of olive oil to get the bread toasty and the meats and cheeses hot -- pretty good that way. I do that sometimes to the standard Antone's po-boy, too.

    I'm sure there are many more.

    1. I went to college with one of the Yamin descendants! I haven't thought about them in years. I also never had a po-boy there, but it was around the corner from my high school (back in the 70's) and we would sneak off campus and have a cheese pizza for lunch. So very good!

      You know, at Antone's they have hot po-boys and if you order a cold one and want it toasted, just ask. I had an Original po-boy yesterday. You can also ask for different things ( like olives, lettuce, etc.) on them at no extra charge.

      1. LOL, well at least 3 of us remember them and thanks for the replies. My inquiry was originally intended to mean the po-boys were served hot. Buns toasted, and cheese melted over the salami, ham, and other meats. I also remember the Stefanos name..... Man I'm getting old!

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          1. I remember the Yamin's PoBoys! Sooo good. I was excited to learn that the family who owned Yamin's Pizza & Poboys in Houston is now in San Antonio doing catering at "Four Sisters Catering" . They are going to get my catering order just so I can try one of their "Hot Po-boys (Ham, Salami, Provolone, Chow-chow)! Will let you know if it tastes as great as I remember.....