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Giamela's Submarine Sandwiches on Magnolia

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kevin Apr 21, 2008 03:23 PM

what do you all think?

  1. monku Apr 21, 2008 06:10 PM

    I think its a small step above Subway but wouldn't go out of my way (only been to the Atwater Village location).

    I've never been, but I've heard Defranko's is the place to go in the Valley for subs. Next to the Van Nuys Airport.
    http://defrankos.com/

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      trojans Apr 21, 2008 08:52 PM

      I drove by Defrankoson Saturday. What's the sub to get there?

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        Burger Boy Apr 21, 2008 08:58 PM

        The Italian Cold cut or the Pepper steak with cheese. Hot dogs is good also.

    2. Das Ubergeek Apr 21, 2008 07:24 PM

      Nothing at all.

      I have worked in Burbank for years and neither I nor anyone I know has ever been there. Draw from that the conclusion you will.

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        chowchi1 Apr 21, 2008 08:20 PM

        Went there once and never went back. The bread was yeasty without much flavor and the sandwich itself was tasteless and uneventful. Would not make any special trip for this place.

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          oldusedcop Apr 22, 2008 11:40 PM

          The one in Atwater is better, the bread fresher, and without the Force 2 gale that blows through the front door on Magnolia. However, Tony's, about three blocks west on Magnolia has them beat, hands down.

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            Burger Boy May 7, 2008 01:24 PM

            Tony's Rock's ! I love the double decker subs.

        2. JackonCrack Apr 21, 2008 08:55 PM

          Nothing special. Not bad, but I like Santoro's better.

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            Burger Boy Apr 21, 2008 08:59 PM

            Tony's is also real good, in Burbank, i forget what street, good sandwiches.

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              JackonCrack Apr 21, 2008 09:15 PM

              I think actually a few blocks up the street actually, on Magnolia (north of Victory)

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                Das Ubergeek Apr 21, 2008 09:18 PM

                It's on Magnolia three blocks or so west of Victory. The other is on Alameda on the corner of Glenoaks, in the same plaza as the most disgusting Round Table Pizza that ever was.

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                  JackonCrack Apr 21, 2008 10:15 PM

                  Woooooah there, have you not ever been to the Round Table on Alameda (just past San Fernando)? I am pretty sure they have a commemorative plaque on the wall and everything. ;)

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                    Das Ubergeek Apr 22, 2008 08:48 AM

                    That's the very same Round Table. It's right on the corner of Glenoaks, a block past San Fernando. It's the only time I've ever sent a delivery pizza back.

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                      JackonCrack Apr 22, 2008 10:36 PM

                      ahhhh, for some reason i jumped to the thought that it was the one on near Eat N Park/99 Store off Buena Vista.

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                        Das Ubergeek Apr 23, 2008 08:40 AM

                        No, actually, that RT is actually several orders of magnitude better than the Pizza Place That Dare Not Speak Its Name on Alameda and Glenoaks.

                        Perhaps it's just the proximity to the unmitigated black hole of suck that is Eat 'N Park that makes it look better, the same way you hang out with ugly people in a club to improve your chances of getting picked up. :)

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                    kevin Apr 21, 2008 10:48 PM

                    Nowadays, I concur on the RTP, terrible stuff, esp that newfangled pizzas.

                    My colleagues (non-hounds) ordered up a Round table with cream sauce instead of tomato and different cheese and it was beyond disgusting, barf bag status for me. Sorry, i'VE said too much.

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                      420 Reasons to eat Apr 23, 2008 08:44 AM

                      Who would ever think about Ordering any pizza but Dino's when you are in Burbank.

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                        Das Ubergeek Apr 23, 2008 09:27 AM

                        Dino's service has slid badly. I like Northend downtown instead.

            2. Honeychan Apr 21, 2008 09:22 PM

              20 years ago, in high school at BHS, Giamella's was the best! But, that -was- 20 years ago..I woulden't be surprised if the quality of food slipped,- especially if they have a new owner since then.

              1. maxzook Apr 23, 2008 08:52 AM

                Never been to that branch of Giamela's. I used to go to the one on Riverside near Pass in Toluca Lake, but it's been so long I'm not even sure if it's still there. It was ... cheap.

                IMHO the best subs in that area are just a mile and half away at Pinocchio's on Magnolia between Buena Vista and Hollywood Way, next to the Monte Carlo Deli.

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                Pinocchio Restaurant & Monte Carlo Italian Deli
                3103 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

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                  chillyinla May 4, 2008 04:28 AM

                  Working in Burbank I thoroughly enjoy Giamela's for fast and consistent service. Their menu includes: Italian cold cut, pastrami, tuna, turkey, ham and cheese, meatball, peppered steak and Sausage and peppers. Sandwiches are served with mustard, mayo, chopped tomatoes, onions, chopped pickles, and a wonderful oil and vinegar mix. My favorite is the pastrami. Service is VERY quickly and efficent. The only negative is they only accept cash but @ $5.00 a footlong sub or $4.00 for an 8" and $.75 for a soda it's not too tough to scrap together the cash. Easily in the top three submarine shops in the Valley. The other two are Dan's Supersub shop (Woodland Hills) and De Frankos (Van Nuys).

                  BTW this is the only remaining location owned and operated by Ed Giamela, the orignal owner since the 70's and a graduate of BHS. He has closed his other locations and still works the lunch rush regularly.

                  This is a good blue collar lunch spot.

                  1. nakni May 7, 2008 03:58 PM

                    I'd rather eat at Subway. 'Nuff said.

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