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Giamela's Submarine Sandwiches on Magnolia

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what do you all think?

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  1. 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.

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    1. re: monku

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

      1. re: trojans

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

    2. 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.

      1. 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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        1. re: chowchi1

          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.

          1. re: oldusedcop

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

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

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          1. re: JackonCrack

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

            1. re: Burger Boy

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

              1. re: JackonCrack

                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.

                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                  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. ;)

                  1. re: JackonCrack

                    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.

                    1. re: Das Ubergeek

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

                      1. re: JackonCrack

                        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. :)

                  2. re: Das Ubergeek

                    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.

                    1. re: kevin

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

                      1. re: 420 Reasons to eat

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

            2. 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. 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.

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

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