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Apr 10, 2012 07:30 AM

Best Hero/Sub Sandwiches in MSP (Not Counting Subway and other chains)

can you get a high quality sandwich from a non chain place. like what you can find in NY and NJ

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  1. This will lead to either:

    A) A single post full of links to previous threads, or;
    B) Pandora's box being opened.

    Either way, I can't provide much input because, frankly, there is no deli/sandwich shop in MSP that I love. It seems like one of the real missing links in this area. I like Cecil's in St. Paul, but I have to duck and cover when I say so. You'll probably get recommendations for Be'wiched, but I've never been, so I can't comment.

    1. Which places have you tried, MarkG, and what did you think of them compared to your East Coast ideal?


      1. My 2 recommendations are Brianno's in Eagan (Cliff Road and Hwy 77), and Delmonico's Italian Foods in NE Minneapolis, a couple blocks off of Broadway. I do not like Cossetta's version (though haven't had it in a couple of years).

        Neither are a replicate of "what you can find in NY and NJ" - I'm born and raised in Jersey, and have been looking for a quality sub since moving here a decade ago. But IMO, these 2 places come the closest, and are darned good, which is better than a poke in the eye.

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        1. re: foreverhungry

          Bread is the key, get a baguette at Rustica and add whatever. simple ham and butter is great. The Euro style butter they sell at the bakery puts it over the top. Sausage and pepper at Cosettas is pretty tasty, or their Cosetta special (pre-pc aka the Hot Dago)

        2. The Italian subs at Buon Giorno are excellent. Not as good as the best in NY, but pretty satisfying.

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          1. re: Michael Florey

            My memory may be bad but I thought the subs a Buon Giorno Express before it closed were better than Buon Giorno.

            1. re: ibew292

              Yes, I agree.

              Buon Giorno Express' chicken parm sub was the closest thing I could find 'round here to a Connecticut chicken parm grinder. Don't know how that compares to NY/NJ. I'm still sad sad that they closed. They had darn good tiramisu too. Ah well...

              Perhaps I will give the subs at Buon Giorno a try one of these days.

              1. re: turtlebella

                To be honest, I'm a bigger fan of the sandwiches as Buon Giorno Lilydale than the old Buon Giorno that closed. I don't think the Lilydale one has subs like of the same style the OP is talking about, but their sandwiches, particularly their prosciutto sandwich, are darned good.

          2. Broders makes a nice hoagie. Also, I have to say Jersey Mikes makes the best hoagies around, even though it is a chain...and I am from jersey.

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            1. re: buenosds

              Having lived on th East Coast for 10 years, I second Jersey Mike's! Tastes like Philly to me. I know it's a chain, but Ithink it beats the locals.

              1. re: steve0315

                Huh, I didn't know that Jersey Mike's had moved to Minnesota. I used to frequent that place A LOT when I worked in Memphis. It was the healthiest lunch spot you could find in a town known for ribs, backyard burgers, and deep-fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches! I'll have to try the St. Anthony location soon. Looks like it's by Hannay's Marine