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Best Meatballs /meatball hero in Ft Lauderdale?

Would like to find a staple restaurant for picking up this dish to go. any help ?

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  1. Ah Meatballs one of my favorite topics. Ok my favorites meatballs in Ft. Lauderdale are at Cafe Martorano and Noodles Panini (las olas). Noodles Panini is open for lunch. I get the Meatball app but they do have a meatball panini on the menu.

    Noodles Panini
    821 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

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    1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

      TY chowfather. You know, I had discovered Noodles Panini on my visit to lauderdale last year and it was great. excellent meatballs and pasta with brocoli rabe & sausage, yum dish aldente. but this year, i found the food quality off somewhat and a little too salty. plus the hostess has a little attitude as well. what do you think. as far as cafe materano is agree, food is great and large portions but too much of a scene and a whole to do if all you want to do is pick up some meatballs and or a meatball sandwich(dont know if CF would even do a hero ).

      1. re: herb flyer

        A "non-foodie" friend just recommended Noodles Panini, which I had never heard of.

        Anyone know if it is still up to par? This thread is 6 years old!

    2. best sub shop in town in the chain Laspadas. Never did the meatball sub but it looks killer.

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      1. re: Raboi

        Everything at La Spada is "killer".

        La Spada's Original Hoagies
        4346 Sea Grape Dr, Lauderdale by the Sea, FL 33308

        La Spada's Original Hoagies
        7893 W Sample Rd, Coral Springs, FL 33065

        La Spada's Original Hoagies
        2645 S University Dr, Davie, FL 33328

        1. re: Alfred G

          while I love LaSpadas I have to confess I have never gotten past their cold cut sandwiches so I cannot speak of their meatball hero's, however GG's of New York in tamarac makes a killer meatball sub. I had a showroom across from them for 20 years and they are doing subs and pies right IMHO.

      2. I asked LaSpadas about their meatballs and they're ordered frozen. I will stick to their cold subs.

        1. If you get up to Boca Raton, There is a place called Talia's on the corner of Dixie and Spanish River( South of Yamato Rd) has probably one of the best Meatball on Chibata that you cn have down in florida. or go nuts and get his Meatball and sausage parm...my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

          Let me add, they probably have some of the best tasting subs in the area as well.


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          1. re: SaminSFL

            isn't there a place in north boca called V and S deli that does good subs also??

            1. re: pikiliz

              Yep. V & S is absolutely the best. I used to like LaSpada until I discovered V & S. Check out this site:

              1. re: Alfred G

                V&S is open on Sunday, BTW. Saw this sign as I drove past yesterday.

            2. re: SaminSFL

              Talia's is pretty good if you like thick toasted ciabatta bread heros. I had a Caruso (meatball and homemade sausage) today and it was very good except it could have been filled a bit more with meat. The mozzarella is homemade as well.

              They do have some really good looking hero combos if you check out their website. The Marco Polo and Columbus sound killer. This is a real deal NY sandwich shop (or at least what I would expect one to be).

              1. re: freakerdude

                I personally enjoy the thick ciabatta bread hero and their combo's are really good, and so is their Pizza if you havent tried it.

              2. re: SaminSFL

                I hear that Andy has left Talias? I may go for lunch today to verify.

                Some reports indicate a trend downhill.

              3. old thread, new place, best meatballs in Lauderdale: Pie-Zans! The Fireballs (habanero infused) are excellent. Soft, moist, meaty, swimming in great "gravy".

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                  1. re: aynrandgirl

                    no, they are perfectly reasonably hot. unless you are particularly sensitive to spice, they are reasonable.

                    1. re: SouthFloridaFoodNerd

                      Actually, I prefer outrageously hot. They could probably whip up an extra-hot batch just for me.

                1. Check out Philomena Sub shop in Pompano. I have only eaten there once but the meatballs were definitley up to par. I also sampled the chicken parm and that was excellent.

                  Philomena Sub Shop
                  906 S Powerline Rd, Pompano Beach, FL 33069

                  1. I just saw a Guy Fieri (sp?) DDD that featured a place called Sonny's in Hollywood. Their subs looked great - they bake their own bread and hand make everything. Their meatball subs supposedly rock. Looks pretty interesting...

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                      1. re: CFByrne

                        Sonny's has great cheesesteaks. Meatballs good too

                      2. Fork & Balls on Las Olas is very good.

                        1. Ate at Noodles Panini on Tuesday the 16th and had spaghetti and meatballs in order to try the meatballs. I found the dish lacking. The meatballs were what people apparently call "tender", but I would call them mushy. How tough can some ground beef be after all? The sauce was just ok, so I would rate the whole dish fair and the meatballs average at best. We did try the bruchetta which I would call exceptional. The presentation was amazing, the size was phenomenal! I would recommend going before 7, have a 1/2 price glass of wine and 1/2 price bruchetta and you'll be more than happy. That is about the only way they will get me back.

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                          1. re: edberliner

                            Is this the same edberliner that used to be on radio and tv in SoFla?

                            Ft. Pierce, FL

                            1. re: LargeLife

                              No, I'm a better one, new to the area, here from one of the best food towns in the country, Austin, Tx.

                              1. re: edberliner

                                Sorry Ed! SoFla is no Austin. :-)

                                But I did try an amazing short rib meatball from Fork & Balls in downtown Fort Lauderdale last night. It was seriously good!

                                1. re: LiveRock

                                  Well...SoFla is not Austin when it comes to BBQ restaurants...that I'll agree...and I can hear The Salt Lick...Snows...and Franklins all calling my name right now! Austin is great....and there is greatness here if you know where to find it! Frod and Tpigeon know all the places....

                                  I used to do a radio show with Ed Berliner....way back in the day on ClearChannel radio....Good times!

                                  Ft. Pierce, FL

                            2. re: edberliner

                              I was a fan of the meatballs at Noodles Panini at one time but my last visit (couple of months ago) was a disappointment. Balls were clearly reheated in the micro. BUST

                              1. re: The Chowfather

                                Martoranos still makes a great meatball. Expensive but truly great. If you do a search for Martoranos meatball recipe you'll find a YouTube video of Steve Martorano with the recipe.

                                It's my go to at home and has actually ruined most restaurant meatballs for me. Easy recipe great meatballs.