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Best meatball subs? Coffee cabinets???

Visiting Boston and New England in my youth I was huge fan of the wonderful meatball subs and coffee cabinets? (is that what they are still called?). Sometimes both could be had at the same location with delicious results. The meatball subs were served in a hard crusted sub roll.
Any recommendations for the Boston area and North Shore?
These may be more native to the Providence RI area where I think I first enjoyed them?

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  1. I've never heard of a cabinet being served (at least by that name) in metro Boston, always a frappe

    1. The term coffee cabinet is a Rhode Island one. I grew up near RI in southeast MA, and we called it a frappe as well. I've only ever heard Rhode Islanders use the term coffee cabinet. I think you'll need to get one in RI, or get a coffee frappe if available in metro Boston.

      1. Bob's in Medford for one of the best around. Bring a knife and fork as it is too big to eat with your hands.

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        1. re: chuck s

          Second the meatball sub at Bob's. They do not, however, serve cabinets or frappes.

        2. At lunch The Antique Table in Lynn does a Damn good meatball sub.

            1. I've always loved the meatball subs at Tutto Italiano in Hyde Park (Dedham). They also have one in the North End and they make their own Mozzarella there. Good crusty bread that they make there and you can always pick up some other Italian treats. Caveat: you'll need a nap or a significant amount of espresso afterwards.

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              1. re: Klunco

                Tutto in the North End closed a while ago, fresh cheese took over their space and Joe works at Depasquales pasta.

                1. re: phatchris

                  The DePasquale Pasta shop makes some great sandwiches. I've only had the cold cut; so don't know about meatball, chicken cutlet,etc.

                  Frank DePasquale also opened his own bakery, not long ago..and the bread is superb..sold at the shop and used in the sandwiches..really makes for great sandwiches. The bakery is open 24/7 and is in an alley off Hanover..not far from Bricco.

                2. My favorite meatball sub is at Nappi's meats in Medford. I wish I had a picture but it couldn't capture the soft texture and the bright marinara anyway. They flavor the balls with a tiny bit of mint. You don't taste it unless you know to look for it. Love those guys. Google the interwebz for more about them. They were on chronicle a while back. Super new England sweet family story.

                  1. No coffee cabs in MA: strictly a RI thing.

                    Another worthy meatball sub: Victor's Italian Cuisine in Saugus, though I have not been since they moved to Rte 1 near the mini-golf course. Fine pork/veal meatballs, great sauce, quality roll.


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                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                      Not the same they have little latina ladies who are free stylin in the back watched them up close really not the same as on Lincoln ave saugus location still there run by his wife, The central American Ladies Put Beef Egg and crumbs with parsely salt pepper and Some jarred aready peeled Garlic not enough I did not think this location compared to the other

                    2. My current favorite meatball sub is at Eat At Jumbo's in Somerville. No coffee cabinets sighted, but have seen some Dell's Lemonade!