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Italian Subs (Do not count Subway!)

Just watched a Food Paradise show on the Travel Channel and they showed a Sub Sandwich shop in Atlantic City. Sure wish we had something like that here. Used to Love Cousins - know there are still a few in the Twin Cities area - but looking for other suggestions of a place that can make a REAL Italian Sub - thoughts anyone ?

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  1. Some people like Brianno's Italian sandwiches - I can't personally attest to the authenticity, though....

    1. I like the one from Cossetta's. They call it the Italian hero. I think it's the same as a sub.

      1. Broders Deli - South Jersey Hoagie. Cannot be beat.

        1. I like Buon Giorno
          981 Sibley Memorial Hwy
          Saint Paul, MN 55118

          1. I often work in NY/NJ and am just sad when I come back to the Twin Cities. There is nothing here that approaches the same style of sandwich. There aren't REAL italian subs here...

            That said, I do enjoy the Italian stack at Milo's (chain) but it is nothing close to authentic - I just like it.

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            1. re: GutGrease

              GutGrease, I was born and raised in the NYC metro area and I agree. Maybe it's just that I've been away long enough that I've forgotten what real Italian-style subs are like, but Broder's probably comes closest here. It's not much of a race, though.

            2. My favorite's in the TC area are:

              Brianno's (I had one last week, very good)
              Buon Giorno

              And as a wild card, Jersey Mike's.

              Disclaimer - Similar to other's here, I was born and raised in the Jersey/Philly area (18 years in Bergen County, 9 in West Philly). No, Broder's, Brianno's and Buon Giorno are not on par with what you get in the NJ/NYC/Philly area. But, IMO, those are the best of the lot here, and are still a darned solid sandwich. The bread, IMO, is largely what separates an Italian (sub/hero/hoagie, whatever) here from one in NJ/NYC/Philly. But that won't ever stop me from getting one at a select few places in the TC.

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              1. re: foreverhungry

                Bread ... and the dressing. The "Eye"-talian dressing most places squirt on the sandwich is nowhere close to the dressing on a real Italian-style sub.

                1. re: foreverhungry

                  Have flagged Broders; Briannos is not near us, but looks intriguing. Familiar with Buon Giorno - nice grocery, too. Have yet to try Jersey Mike's but have heard some other good things bout them. Thanks

                  1. re: Whamsey

                    Not all Jersey Mike's are the same. They are franchises and quality between them differs dramatically. I've tried the one on New Brighton Blvd. in St. Anthony and it was OK. I also tried another one in town and it was nasty.

                    1. re: ChancesR

                      I've only tried the St. Anthony one, and I agree, it was OK. Typical of the for-NJ/NYC/Philly-quick-sandwich-place. Not outstanding, but solid for that style sandwich. Sarcone's in Philly is my go-to when I'm back there, and nothing here holds a candle to it. But Jersey Mike's in St Anthony (at least last year) reminds me of the average sandwich joint in that area, which is still pretty darned good.

                2. My favorite is at Frankies Pizza in Wayzata. Perfect combo, and perfect ratios for my palate. Haven't tried the other Frankies.

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                  1. re: stymie

                    Never heard of Frankies; will have to check them out. Thanks

                  2. I was just in Surdyks this morning and they had something called South Jersey sub. I picked it up (I thought), but when I got home, it was turkey and brie. So I can't give a report.

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                    1. re: shoo bee doo

                      I never should have read this. Now I want to go to NJ for a hoagie. There is (was?) a place called Franks. I think it was Asbury Park. Best tuna hoagie I've ever had.