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real sub sandwiches DFW

battman1_2000 Jul 15, 2009 09:06 AM

The best subs I ever had were in NJ across the river from Philly. Nice soft bread, plenty of toppings and the oil would run down your clothes! What places in Ft Worth/Southlake/Grapevine/Keller area would you recommend to come close this glorious feast??

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    CocoaNut RE: battman1_2000 Jul 15, 2009 10:06 AM

    Oh gosh, I know I'll get beat over the head for this, but the Jersey Mike's on SL Blvd makes a really good sandwich. I've eaten at a couple of other locations that use less meat, but the one in SL is pretty loaded down.

    If you happen to be on 183 at, or near 157/Industrial, there is Billadelphias (drive-thru or walk up service only) on the NW corner of 183 and 157. Across 183, about 1/2 mile south on 157 is NY Pizza and Deli. Both are VERY good independent deli type sandwich places. Billadelphia has the birch beer and the little "cakes" known from that area as well as the special rolls and chips.

    You can do a Chow search on either of these to get additional input.

    In Grapevine, there is Weinbergers Deli on Main St., but it's touted for it's Chicago heritage and use of products from Chicago. While very good tasting, I've found some of their sandwiches to be skimpy on the meats.

    Also in Grapevine in Cero's Heros - a drive-in, walk-up place with a couple of picnic tables - at Main and NW Hwy. The last couple of times I went, I wasn't happy with the rolls they used, but it's been over a year, so who knows what they're doing now. They've been there for something like 4 decades, so many folk like them. It may be something you want to try. One thing I will say as a positive for me, but many find fault: This is really more of a meat salad on a bun, ie, lots of shredded lettuce, but with the oi/vinegar spicy dressing, I once loved it and it is messy.




    That's all that comes to mind at the moment. I can't think of anything in Colleyville and I don't know Keller at all.

    1. twinwillow RE: battman1_2000 Jul 15, 2009 10:09 AM

      You might like "Jersey Mikes". A franchised chain with roots in New Jersey. There're sprouting up all over Dallas.
      I've been eating lunch at the recently opened Lovers Lane store. They give you a lot of food for the money.
      And, unlike Subway, the employee's are very friendly.

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        mrbean RE: battman1_2000 Jul 15, 2009 10:11 AM

        At the risk of sharing his head-beating, I agree with CocoaNut about Jersey Mike's. They cut the meat when you order and everything tastes real fresh. I notice that Fred's Philly has hoagies on their menu, but I have never ordered one. Every time I go to Fred's, I can't make myself order anything but a cheesesteak.

        By the way, Fred's has opened a new outpost in Allen, where I live. Yes!!! I went over the weekend and it was just as good as the mothership on 15th. But, sadly they had no Utz's potato chips or Tastycakes in stock yet.


        Mr Bean

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          battman1_2000 RE: mrbean Jul 15, 2009 10:24 AM

          That brings back memories!!

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            CocoaNut RE: mrbean Jul 15, 2009 11:35 AM

            TASTYcakes - the name I couldn't remember when mentioning Billadelphia's above - is also carried by Jersey Mikes in Southlake. I would think since it's a franchise, they'd be at all locations? Maybe not....

          2. twinwillow RE: battman1_2000 Jul 15, 2009 10:14 AM

            Further to my above post, there is a "Jersey Mikes" in Southlake at 410 W. Southlake Blvd.

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              DallasDude RE: twinwillow Jul 15, 2009 11:17 AM

              There is also a Jersey Mikes north on Preston from LBJ on the east side next to Half Price Books for those wishing to try it living in that area (which I do and which I will).

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              J.R. RE: battman1_2000 Jul 15, 2009 11:44 AM

              Yep, Jersey Mike's...not so bad. The Jersey Shore is really good.

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                sass RE: battman1_2000 Jul 15, 2009 12:07 PM

                As a Philly native, I will say that the secret to an authentic sub is the bread - Amoroso to be exact. Last I heard Billadelphia's and Fred's have Amoroso shipped in from Philly. Not sure if Jersey Mike's does the same.

                1. twinwillow RE: battman1_2000 Jul 15, 2009 01:10 PM

                  I doubt it. Their bread is "baked" in the individual stores. They do, white, rosemary, and wheat.

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                    DallasDude RE: twinwillow Jul 15, 2009 02:08 PM

                    Ahh baked on premises means they buy it frozen and proof it there. Its a Sysco thing.

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                      twinwillow RE: DallasDude Jul 15, 2009 10:29 PM

                      Although, as much as I do like "Jersey Mike's", I actually prefer the bread at, Subway.

                  2. irodguy RE: battman1_2000 Jul 15, 2009 03:32 PM

                    I was not impressed with jersey mikes, of the chain subs I believe that the #5 at Jimmy John's is best of breed. Freds is definitely quite good as well.

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                      twinwillow RE: irodguy Jul 15, 2009 10:33 PM

                      I'm not saying Jersey Mike's is the greatest sub shop around but, for convenience, it's only 3 doors away. So, I can walk there and leave my car parked in the shade. And it's, cheap!

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                        DallasDude RE: irodguy Jul 15, 2009 11:08 PM

                        Had a sammich at Jersey Mikes a few hours ago. I asked for the best of what they have. They sold me a #13 deluxe Italian. Looked wonderful all stacked up, but in actual taste it fell flat. The meats they hand cut are displayed in a glass case. You can see these are inferior products all plugged with water, their own branding with the ingredients label for all who care to see.

                        The bread, and many noted here that it IS the bread that makes a great sandwich, is indeed frozen (I asked) and proofed and baked on premises. This makes for a great scent when they do actually bake the bread, but in fact it simply is inferior.

                        I was at Jimmy's Food Store a few days ago, wonderous Italian sub. I had a sub at Great Outdoors not long ago (who also bakes their own) fab. Last week I was at Eatzi's (they have huge assed stacks of bread flour on display as you walk in) and it is ever becoming the best sandwich that is possible to wrap your face onto in Dallas.

                        I do not ever wish to come across pedantic, so I will simply say this one fell flat in my estimation and leave it at that.

                      2. Carrollton Foodie RE: battman1_2000 Jul 15, 2009 09:39 PM

                        Never had subs in the northeast, but my favorite here for almost 30 years has been Dino's Subs in Arlington, east side of Collins at Arkansas. Makes my mouth water thinking about it!

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                          sike101 RE: Carrollton Foodie Jul 16, 2009 07:22 AM

                          I grew up on Dino's in Arlington. The "Blackjack" is my all time favorite sandwich, with peppered pastrami, cream cheese and mushrooms; excellent. I used to try to replicate it after moving from Texas. Are they still open? I'd have to make a run to Arlington if so.

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                            Carrollton Foodie RE: sike101 Jul 16, 2009 08:43 PM

                            The Dino's location near Six Flags Mall was a big favorite for dates with my now-ex-husband when we were teenagers working at Six Flags Over Texas. Sadly that location has closed and that entire area seems very distressed, even more than it used to be. The Dino's location on Collins at Arkansas is still open and it's a must-visit when I'm in Arlington.

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                              sike101 RE: Carrollton Foodie Jul 17, 2009 07:21 AM

                              Yep, next to the old movie theatre. We used to go to that one when hitting the mall. The one on Randol Mill was closest to us, I think it is closed now too. Loved the old NY Seltzer they had, wonder if that stuff is still around, I haven't seen it in years. I'll definitely have to visit the Collins location.

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                          angiemc RE: battman1_2000 Jul 15, 2009 09:48 PM

                          The Great Outdoors in Fort Worth on Camp Bowie. They make really good subs, and their shakes are amazing as well. They cut all meat and cheese right when you order it and have a great selection of sandwich toppings. Definitely give it a try- order with oil and vinegar.

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                            snatex RE: battman1_2000 Jul 16, 2009 06:37 AM

                            The real deal ...

                            New York Pizza & Deli‎
                            304 S Industrial Blvd, Euless, TX‎ - (817) 358-9200‎


                            1. Scagnetti RE: battman1_2000 Jul 16, 2009 10:05 AM

                              For the first time, I had a sub from the Jersey Mike's on Lovers. It was OK, certainly better than Subway, but nothing special. I like the idea that the cold cuts are sliced fresh.

                              I'll go back only because there are not many sandwich places in the nabe.

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                                battman1_2000 RE: battman1_2000 Jul 16, 2009 01:48 PM

                                Wow.....sure am getting conflicting reviews on Mike's. Must be the locations issues.

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                                  CocoaNut RE: battman1_2000 Jul 16, 2009 02:29 PM

                                  Taking into consideration it is a chain, it's a better-than-most, good sandwich with bread that is tender, but sturdy enough to hold what's inside. Will it stand up to artisan baked breads and imported meats? What do you think. But hey, it's a good solid sandwich for what you will find in the Southlake land-of-chain-oz area. And personally, I find their oil/vinegar/spice mixture to be spot on.

                                  I would recommend the drive over to Billadelphia's, which is where I'm headed in about an hour

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                                  boomtown72 RE: battman1_2000 Jul 16, 2009 11:33 PM

                                  Carmen's deli in Richardson. The bomb!
                                  The bread is money...crispy on the outside and the inside, well, it melts in your mouth. MUST TRY!!!

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