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Aug 1, 2009 07:17 PM

New to Memphis, where to find great sandwiches, pizza, and chocolate?

I've been in East Memphis about a month and checking Chowhound and the newspaper to figure out what's great to eat here. A previous poster asked about sandwiches, but that was in 2007 and apparently a lot has changed (-- no more King Biscuit, no more Rising Roll Gourmet, etc. ) Could anyone give tips on where to get great sandwiches around here? Some have mentioned Super Sub Shop, Deli Mexicana, Holiday Ham, and Pita Wraps -- which sandwiches there are especially noteworthy, if you have favorites? Any other great places? I have to admit Super Sub Shop had a v. good tuna sub.

Besides Memphis Pizza Cafe (Park St.), anyone with any ideas for great thin crust pizza, extra points for toppings beyond sausage, pepperoni, etc.?

As for chocolate, I haven't found anything in town except Dinstuhls and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Nothing wrong with them, but are there any OTHER great chocolatiers within a 50-mile radius?

Any input would be appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. From the super sub shop, I usually just get turkey, and I love it. If you like pimento cheese, at holiday ham try papa's pimento plus, which is pimento plus turkey or plus a BLT. It is delicious. All of Deli Mexicana's sandwiches are good. Shrimp special sandwich is the best. Bogie's also has great sandwiches. Make sure to get some of their special oil dressing on the side. Pasta salad is great there too. Yang's also has some good sandwiches. I will keep thinking. Good luck.

    1. My favorite special sandwich at Deli Mexicana is the meatloaf - just wonderful. Off the everyday menu, I like the elephant ear - thin sirloin with peppers and onions. Muddy's Bake Shop does great sandwiches for lunch - and then you're right there for a cupcake for dessert. If you just want a good, old-fashioned sandwich, I love Canale's at Houston Levee and Raleigh-LaGrange. Their ham (from the ones they smoke on-site) are beautiful.

      Overton Park Pizza Stone does good thin crust pizza with good toppings. The make the mozzarella in-house and smoke it there too.

      There is someone whose name I can't remember who sells Belgian-style chocolates at the Wednesday Botanic Garden Farmers' Market. Really good stuff.

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        1. Fino's is a must if you are looking for sandwiches. The only bad thing about going to Fino's is having to decide what to order. They have so many good sandwiches..

          Kwik Check on Madision also makes excellent sandwiches.

          The sandwiches at Deli Mexicana (aka Las Tortugas) are very good, but somewhat pricey.

          You may want to also check out Bogie's. It's in East Memphis. They have a good shrimp salad sanwich. Also, they have my favorite potato salad in the world. I also really like the pasta salad there.

          I also second the Canale's ham sandwich. Well worth the drive out to the "country". And it's a steal at about two bucks. I shouldn't, but I always order two. Plus, it's like stepping back in time out there.

          Pete & Sam's has excellent thin crust pizza.

          1. I'm also a huge BBQ balogna fan. A lot of the BBQ joints around town serve good BBQ balogna sandwiches. Don't knock it 'til you try it. It's a poor man's delicacy.

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            1. re: Ross B

              I love Lisa's lunchbox. It is hidden in an office building just east of the Ridgeway 4 movie theaters. There is no sign on the front of the building, so you would never know anything is in there. The BEST BLT in the city.