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Sandwiches are stuck on my brain this week, particularly of this genre - i.e., on a roll, deli meats and cheeses. I had the Hot Italian Deli sandwich at Pappa Geno's and was underwhelmed, hence the craving.

The usual suspects have arisen: Mandola's Deli, Antone's, Spec's. There must be others but I'm drawing a blank, The Italian Deli at Antone's - ham, mortadella, provolone, salami, pepperoni, lettuce, onion, tomato on a Slow Dough roll is interesting. I presume I could get some of their chow-chow added. Anybody had it. Any other recs/favs.

For the purposes of this thread, I'm not interested in Philly's, Cajun/New Orleans style Po'boys and banh mi - I'm just looking for some nitrates!, deli meats and cheeses types.

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  1. Revival Market
    Kenny & Ziggy's
    Liebmann's

    A lot of pizzerias have decent Italian style subs.

    I love me some deli sandwiches!

    You specifically omitted Cajun poboys, but what about a muffaletta?

    The Dominic's at Ragin Cajun is the only thing I'll eat there except for raw oysters. (It's a muff with grilled chicken on it.)

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    1. re: DoobieWah

      Hadn't thought about Revival. Will look in to Liebman's, too.

      Yeah, was also looking at Luigi's; their pizza is great and they just opened a second location in the West U/Bellaire area on BIssonnet which is much closer to me than the original. They have a few sandwiches.

      Not really interested in Muffs for today, want to stick with the East Coast Italian type sandwiches. But that's a possibility for another time, another craving. What's the best around? I wasn't that impressed with RC's regular nor Antone's but I have liked Spec's, Candelari's, District 7 Grill, can't remember what else I've had.

    2. Oddly enough, Jersey Mike's makes an amazingly good Italian and has the cherry pepper relish and capicola. Another place that you wouldn't usually check that has an excellent italian sub is Texadelphia...you have to get them to fiddle with it a bit (you can add extra meat, get it on the bigger bread, add mustard if you want, but the basic meats and cheeses are really excellent. Really interested if anyone can come up with any others...I've looked at sooo many spots in town, and even though they might do great sandwiches with exotic ingredients, they don't do the basics really very well at all, imho.

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      1. re: thursby

        Thanks much. Capicola is one specific ingredient I was hoping to find. A search for it on Yelp and b-4 also brings up mentions of Jimmy Johns, Potbelly, Whichwich, and Lenny's plus a scattering of other local places. I wouldn't have thought to check any of those chains.

      2. Maybe Carter and Cooley in the west end Heights on 19th has something you might like. I can't get past the reuben it's so good.

        http://www.carterandcooley.com/

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        1. re: James Cristinian

          Thanks, but alas, their menu is not specific about ingredients in their sandwiches.

        2. Jersey Mikes is actually pretty tasty but for the best sub in Houston you'll want an Italian at Antionni's on Hwy 3 in Clear Lake. You will be amazed.

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          1. re: specktaker

            Yes, very good. I was there several times about 4 years ago and tried several of their subs and the Italian was certainly the best. I especially remember that pepper relish they use.

            A little far to drive for a sandwich, though. I'm hoping to find something closer to home.