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May 3, 2012 08:45 AM

Meatball subs?

I've been having some serious cravings lately for a meatball sub, and I'm looking for any favorites in town I've been missing. So far, my experience has been limited to Thundercloud (yuck), Spec's (surprisingly dull), and Delaware Subs (pretty decent, actually). Here's what I consider a decent meatball sub:

light, nicely seasoned meatballs
flavorful sauce applied judiciously enough to not drown out my bread or meatballs
bread with a nice chew and a little substance to it, not something that will turn into a wad of sauce-soaked goo before I'm finished eating.

OK, hounds: what Italian style meatball subs am I missing?

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  1. You might give Jersey Mike's a try.

    1. I like the one from Hoody's in Round Rock.

      1. Yep, Thundercloud's is awful, and so is Home Slice's. I'd personally rather eat Subway's than either of those.

        Enoteca has a great pork meatball & penne dish; I know they serve a sandwich version at lunch. I've personally never had it, but the pasta version is awesome. I bet the sammich is definitely worth a shot.

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        1. re: popvulture

          And to clarify, there's not penne on the sandwich. It just uses the same meatballs and sauce, melted mozz. I figured y'all probably understood that but just figured I needed to double check, haha...

          1. re: popvulture

            Update: I ate Enoteca's meatball sub, and it's awesome. Plus they serve it at lunch and dinner contrary to what I said earlier. Here's the description:

            PORK POLPETTE: pork meatballs w/ arrabbiata,
            grana padano & melted fresh mozzarella $11

            Granted 11 bucks is a little more than I'd like to spend on a sandwich, but I think it's worth it, and some people (myself included) could easily make two meals out of it.

            One of the things I miss the most about living in NY is that most every corner mom n' pop pizza place had great utility stuff like meatball subs, eggplant chicken/parm and manicotti to go. Enoteca's might be a teeny bit fancier than those places, but I swear it's damn close. I'll have to check out some of the other suggestions on the list as well.

            Also, forgot to mention... Southside Pizza's sub, though I like all of their other offerings, was pretty disappointing as well. I feel like in most of the bad cases I've had, it's all about the sauce, and they all were just bland.

          2. re: popvulture

            My husband orders that pasta dish every single time we go to Enoteca. It's amazing. I bet it'd be outstanding as a sandwich.

          3. I have not had the meatball sub at Hog Island Deli, but I've had almost everything else, and I bet they have what you're looking for. I know they hit it on the bread - a nice, crusty Italian loaf.

            1. I always like the one at Craig O's. fits your description last time i had it, which was about a year ago. i like the italian sausage as well.

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              1. re: ieathereforeiam

                I think Fricano's is good and, oddly enough, the meatball subs at Noodles are much better than any of their pastas