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Jul 28, 2010 08:34 AM

italian hero in hartford

I'm headed down to D&D for some sausage and other stuff. Do they do sandwiches? I'm looking for a real italian sub.

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    1. re: Jason1

      Hey, Jason, I think I can! ;)

      jefpen2, if you mean D&D in Hartford, Connecticut, I can help. Not sure if they make grinders (your hero = our grinder), but Maple Giant Grinder has long been a favorite of mine and it's in the same neighborhood.

      1. re: kattyeyes

        Allegro Cafe, a storefront just down Franklin Ave. is also great (for grinders and otherwise).

      2. re: Jason1

        Hmm, funny, jefpen2 says hero <i>and</i> sub...Another vote for Giant

        1. re: BiscuitBoy

          I grew up in ny/nj spent time in philly now in vt - hero, hogie, sub, blimp, grinder, - i'm always confused!

          1. re: jefpen2

            let's just go with "elongated sandwich"

      3. When I was working in Hartford. Franklin Giant Grinder is the place we always went to get them. The sandwiches are enormous, the meat piled high, almost like the meat in NY deli sandwiches. and it is all authentic, dressed with lettuce, tomato, provolone and loive oil, not some silly sauce.

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        1. re: junescook

          Growing up, Franklin Giant was the place for me, too...but these days I think Maple is even better...equally stacked high with cold cuts, just like my grandfather made 'em back in the day--so big you can barely get yer mouth around 'em. That's how we roll in Hartford's Little Italy.

          1. re: junescook

            This used to be good many years ago. I went there last week and ordered an eggplant grinder. It was not good.

            Franklin Giant Grinder & Pizza Shop
            464 Franklin Ave, Hartford, CT 06114

          2. Check out Corner Grinder, 200 Franklin Ave. Best grinders in the neighborhood.

            Corner Grinder Shop
            200 Franklin Ave, Hartford, CT 06114

            1. Franklin Giant, Maple and Corner really load on the meat and I frequent all 3. For a take out grinder though I'm hooked on LaRosa (on Brown St. just off Franklin Ave) because they use a chewier bread than the others.

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              1. re: brookerme

                I have a question. I REALLY have to ask WHY there are so many fans of a grinder that is STACKED high with cold cuts?

                I never could stand those sandwiches. One because the cold cuts are NOT the best or close to the best, and two cause there was NO BALANCE between the cc and the bread (and the bread is nothing to write home about also).

                Is it a case of people just wanting QUANTITY? I can't think of any other reason. I would MUCH rather have great bread, with high quality cold cuts.....paper thin and layered with proper balance..........or am I just out in left field??? Thanks.

                1. re: gabagool

                  I'm with you.
                  I've tried FGG and it was very good, but over the top with the meat.
                  Still very enjoyable!

                  1. re: gabagool

                    That's just how I grew up with grinders--straight from my Poppy's store and also on Franklin Ave. When I make sandwiches at home, I never pile them that high...think of them as the Italian equivalent of pastrami sandwiches stacked insanely high in any good Jewish deli.

                    1. re: kattyeyes

                      I also grew up with grinders or deli sandwiches where the meat was the attraction, not the bread. I always say that I need just enough bread to keep my fringers dry.

                      In the 1970s I worked for a Jewish wholesale bakery (note the user name) that supplied rye bread and rolls to many CT kosher delis. In summer when the heat would cause the bread to rise so much as to be oversized, we'd get calls from deli owners complaining that there customers were accusing them on being stingy with the meat.

                      As far as I am concerned, a good Italian grinder should have at least 8oz of meat, then the rest.
                      I also agree that Maple Giant is the best in the neighborhood..............

                      1. re: bagelman01

                        My favorite Italian grinder in the area is from Italian Kitchen on Center St. in Manchester, CT. The Capacola grinder is just perfect.

                        Italian Kitchen
                        206 W Center St, Manchester, CT 06040

                        1. re: Waquoit

                          And i enjoy it more than Giant grinder. A sandwich MUST have BALANCE....its as essential as ANY dish. Proper balance or BREAD, meat, and condiments. I would think that is a given.

                2. gabagool, you don't want much meat? go to Subway. cheaper too, all around.

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                  1. re: riffjamer

                    He said he wants 'great bread, with high quality cold cuts,' and that definitely rules out Subway which has neither.