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May 1, 2012 06:04 PM

Meatball Subs

Where would you go for a great meatball, all beef, in LA or OC too?


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  1. Not a sub, but Huckleberry's turkey meatball sandwich on their homemade ciabatta is delicious. Whoops, sorry Kevin, I just noticed that you asked for all beef. Still, I maintain that the Huckleberry meatball is the best anywhere,

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    1. re: maudies5

      all turkey is fine too,

      or as another addendum, a beef and veal mixture is fine too.

      anyhow, i may try it out but for some reason i am on the minority on this one but i just don't really get the savory foods at huckleberry nor it's appendage milo and olive. the pizzas at m and o left me non-plussed. and the famous fried chicken at huckleberry, only on fridays, was not good at all in my opinion.

      but in the interests of research i may make my way out to huckleberry.

      1. re: kevin

        Give those meatballs a try. Have to say that I agree with your assessment of the Friday fried chicken. I loathe that chicken. OTOH, I love the roast chicken. I picked some up today for dinner tonight. It was the BBQ one. Got it with the potatoes. Wonderful.

    2. I love the meatball sandwich at Bay Cities Italian Deli in Santa Monica but I don't know if it's all beef. Will try to find out.

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      1. re: wienermobile

        that reminds me i love their Eggplant Parm hero, or even their Eggplant Parm on it's own, at bay cities.

        these days, though, bay cities is mostly a no-go for me unless i want lunch at 1030 in the morning.

        1. re: kevin

          Order on line and your sandwiches are there waiting for you. I do it all the time.

          1. re: kevin

            If you are having a meatball or chicken parm sandwich (and maybe also eggplant parm), you don't have to pull a number and wait. You can just step up to the front counter and they will make your sandwich to order right away.

            1. re: ozhead

              Was a big fan of the meatball sub at Bay Cities but I've cooled. First, they are really difficult to eat -- the meatballs are really large, so when you bite thru the crusty roll and get a section of meatball the rest pushes the remaining meatballs out of the roll. Second, they don't put on enough cheese -- sometimes only a sprinkle of the parm, sometimes a thin slice of provolone (I don't recall if I have to ask for it). And if I travel with it, most of the bread, except for the crust, gets too sogged. I've tried buying the ingredients and constructing them at home, but several years ago they got wise to being gamed that way and now charge (I think) $1.75 per meatball and sauce but $1.25 for six or more. Never passing up value, I go for six and being a single guy, get really tired of meatball subs by the bottom of the container.

              Victor Jr.'s, discussed below, does a very good meatball sub. Their meatballs are smaller and their rolls softer, so the sandwich is easier to eat. But I have to admit that I haven't returned to their meatball sub since discovering their Italian beef dip -- really rich, tender slices of beef (I think it is brisket, but it isn't fatty) piled onto the roll with a cup of the au jus (I'm sure it is the cooking liquid -- it has all the bits of meat in it) -- delicious. And I have to be really hungry to finish more than the first half.

              And we haven't mentioned the meatball sub, or the roast beef and pastrami, at Eastside Deli just north of downtown and east of Chinatown. Now I'm hungry, but I brought home a #7 before my disappointing lunch downtown today!

              1. re: nosh

                nosh, what about La Rocco's in Culver City? I like their pizza but have never had their mb sub.

                1. re: Servorg

                  I have thought about trying La Rocco's several times. Could never find parking nearby and always went elsewhere.

                  1. re: nosh

                    Nosh, There is a garage with 2-hour free parking right behind La Rocco's

            2. re: wienermobile

              The meatballs at Bay Cities are made from beef, pork, and a modest sprinkling of fennel seeds, sorry Kevin.

              1. re: wienermobile

                A classic meatball recipe generally includes beef, pork and veal. don't know about Bay Cities, though.

              2. Nick's Pizza, Costa Mesa. Lunch only, closed Sundays. I add cheese to mine

                  1. re: Peripatetic

                    Thanks. You definitely are peripatetic.

                  2. Kevin, when I feel like eating a meatball sub, I always go to Victor Jr.s on Washington near the studio.

                    No idea if it's all beef or not.

                    Sorrento's has an interesting meatball sub. The sauce is more like gravy than a rich, red sauce. It's a little different than others I've had.

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                    1. re: PaulF

                      Hey Paul, where you the one that once mentioned Roni's Diner in a mini-mall on Culver in the Culver City/Marina del Rey area? and for it's meatloaf?

                      i was also looking for a joint for great meatloaf.


                      i'll definnitely check out vitor jr's too.

                      1. re: kevin

                        Ronnie's has all around good food. I'm blanking on the meatloaf at the moment -- I think (not sure) it's a daily special. They might not have it every night. I'm sure I've enjoyed, but I don't remember if it's a Chow worthy meatloaf. Let's put it this way: Even if you don't think it's the greatest meatloaf you've ever had, you'll still think it's a good meal.

                        Ronnie's is a place I don't spend a lot of time recommending on the board. It's just good solid diner food, that's a bit healthier and less greasy than most diners. For example, I don't eat or drink much dairy -- and Ronnie's will give you a pitcher of soy milk for your coffee. Their breakfast is really great, to me.

                        When I started going there ten years ago, it wasn't very crowded.

                        Now they do a real good business on the weekends for breakfast. It's not packed at dinner time.

                        Just a nice, neighborhood spot.

                        And -- Kevin -- there is an Italian joint in the same parking lot called Vinny's. I've only been there a couple of times, but my son really likes it. They do a sub with meatballs and sausage and pepperoni (or something like that.) Give them a try, too.

                      2. re: PaulF

                        After reading some positive comments on Chowhound, I tried Sorrento's MeatBall Sub. Unfortunately, it wasn't very good -- the meatballs were way too salty . Must have got a batch that were not well mixed. Have no real desire to give them another try.

                        1. re: Norm Man

                          Dolce Isola makes a great meatball sub on homemade roll.