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Why are Deli Subs better than homemade ones?
« on: July 21, 2021, 04:52:47 PM »
Making a sammich is easy.  Making a hoagie is different.  Some tips on making one.  Rolls, seasoning, lubrication and wrapping.  Important tips.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rmrZZj1Hjs
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Re: Why are Deli Subs better than homemade ones?
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2021, 05:25:21 PM »
The best hoagie/sub Iíve had, comes from the Harris Teeter supermarket in Selbyville Delaware. Order the Italian.

Making a sammich is easy.  Making a hoagie is different.  Some tips on making one.  Rolls, seasoning, lubrication and wrapping.  Important tips.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rmrZZj1Hjs
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Re: Why are Deli Subs better than homemade ones?
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2021, 12:16:42 PM »
The best hoagie/sub Iíve had, comes from the Harris Teeter supermarket in Selbyville Delaware. Order the Italian.

Good information. However, although I've never had a made to order Harris Teeter sub I can't imagine them topping Publix. Hands down the best grocery store sub ever...IMHO. I never miss the opportunity when in the South to hit a Publix for lunch or dinner. Yum!
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Re: Why are Deli Subs better than homemade ones?
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2021, 12:40:08 PM »
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Re: Why are Deli Subs better than homemade ones?
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Re: Why are Deli Subs better than homemade ones?
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2021, 01:17:56 PM »
Hard to beat Lee's Baguette Vietnamese 
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Re: Why are Deli Subs better than homemade ones?
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2021, 01:29:08 PM »
Grinders here in CT. Salem Prime Cuts in Salem, CT are the best around.
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Re: Why are Deli Subs better than homemade ones?
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2021, 01:44:47 PM »
..... Order the Italian.

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Re: Why are Deli Subs better than homemade ones?
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2021, 06:55:51 PM »
Next time Iím south of the mason dixon, or wherever I can find a Publix, Iíll try it. Thanks.




Good information. However, although I've never had a made to order Harris Teeter sub I can't imagine them topping Publix. Hands down the best grocery store sub ever...IMHO. I never miss the opportunity when in the South to hit a Publix for lunch or dinner. Yum!
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Re: Why are Deli Subs better than homemade ones?
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2021, 08:09:20 PM »
Why are deli subs better? I think it's two things: 1) fresh ingredients (esp the roll) and 2) somebody else makes it for you!
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Re: Why are Deli Subs better than homemade ones?
« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2021, 08:23:44 PM »
Well, they might be better than the ones y'all make at your house...
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Re: Why are Deli Subs better than homemade ones?
« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2021, 05:37:20 AM »
Well, they might be better than the ones y'all make at your house...

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Re: Why are Deli Subs better than homemade ones?
« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2021, 05:52:33 AM »
Why are deli subs better? I think it's two things: 1) fresh ingredients (esp the roll) and 2) somebody else makes it for you!

Agreed! The roll is the big difference as long as good meats and provolone are used. 2 places up here in northern Jersey worth trying for subs: Garys Wine Market in Wayne, on 23 makes a killer good Italian! Order it on a baguette and you will be in figurative Heaven! And yesterday I was at my other favorite, Matera's in Rutherford on Park Ave. Their "Belleville"...really an Italian combo.....puts most other subs to shame. The roll they use is outstanding. Also, Randazo's on 202 down in the Raritan area is superb. Ever been there Eric?
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Re: Why are Deli Subs better than homemade ones?
« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2021, 07:08:05 AM »
This is very serious business here in St. Louis, where there is a very traditional Italian neighborhood known as 'The Hill'.    I like Amighetti's and Adriana's, but there is good food everywhere.
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Re: Why are Deli Subs better than homemade ones?
« Reply #13 on: July 23, 2021, 07:32:58 AM »
OK, first I've been resisting this thread because I after reading it now I want an Italian Hoagie for breakfast!

But are some of you animals?!?

Talking about Italian Hoagies from supermarkets or Subway???? Va Fi Napoli!

People give Jersey a lot of crap, but trust me we know how to make Italian Hoagies.

PRIMOS is the place around here! Perfect hard crusty Italian bread, fantastic cold cuts and cheeses. They don't just have ONE type of Italian - they've got a half-dozen. You can have it mild, sharp, old style, you can have it off their freakin Diablo menu!

https://www.primohoagies.com/primo-menu.php


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Re: Why are Deli Subs better than homemade ones?
« Reply #14 on: July 23, 2021, 09:02:25 AM »
It is all about the balance of the roll, quality of meat and cheese, and of course quantity......

Been all around the world, and the best "Sub" call it a Hero, Hoagie, Zep, Grinder, is generally found in the greater NY/NJ area. Simply the best. Subway or Supermarket?? osse faba, non c'Ť modo  cazzate...   Thankfully, I have two shops in my area that make great Italian Hero's. Key ingredient to any self respecting Italian Hero is Mortadella, Genoa, Hard, and Spicy Salami, Prosciutto di Parma, and Provolone, topped with spicy and sweet banana peppers, onions, oregano, salt/pepper and a dash of olive oil..... 

If in the DC area, and hankering one, try https://www.italianstore.com/sandwiches.html  in North Arlington, or https://theitalianplace.com/ in Old Town Alexandria.  Guess what I'm having for lunch today............  :food:
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Re: Why are Deli Subs better than homemade ones?
« Reply #15 on: July 23, 2021, 09:52:41 AM »
And then there's Po Boys! Let's not forget Po Boys!!!

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Re: Why are Deli Subs better than homemade ones?
« Reply #16 on: July 23, 2021, 10:45:10 AM »
Except for a real Philly cheesesteak,  Po boys and muffelattas have largely replaced subs or grinders or hoagies or whatever in my world. 

Back in 91 when we lived in Chicago, there was a small Cajun/creole shop down on the Loop (actually up on the 7th floor) called Heaven on Seventh.  My favorite thing on their menu was a soft shell crawfish po boy, which my introduction to po boy sandwiches.  Very cool.
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Re: Why are Deli Subs better than homemade ones?
« Reply #17 on: July 23, 2021, 11:22:51 AM »
Except for a real Philly cheesesteak,  Po boys and muffelattas have largely replaced subs or grinders or hoagies or whatever in my world. 

Back in 91 when we lived in Chicago, there was a small Cajun/creole shop down on the Loop (actually up on the 7th floor) called Heaven on Seventh.  My favorite thing on their menu was a soft shell crawfish po boy, which my introduction to po boy sandwiches.  Very cool.

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Re: Why are Deli Subs better than homemade ones?
« Reply #18 on: July 23, 2021, 11:28:51 AM »
We have good burritos and tacos here in Santa Fe.  Subs, grinders, etc. not so much. I grew up on the east coast and miss those.

You can't get the ingredients to make 'em here either.

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Re: Why are Deli Subs better than homemade ones?
« Reply #19 on: July 23, 2021, 11:34:14 AM »
We have good burritos and tacos here in Santa Fe.  Subs, grinders, etc. not so much. I grew up on the east coast and miss those.

You can't get the ingredients to make 'em here either.

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Re: Why are Deli Subs better than homemade ones?
« Reply #20 on: July 23, 2021, 12:11:00 PM »
I remember my first case of US culture shock in my 20's. I was riding back home from CA to PA and somewhere in the midwest I stopped into a place to get a Sub. When they asked me about cheese I happily replied "Provolone please" to which they responded that not only did they not have any, they'd never heard of it.  :shocked:

Try asking for a buttered roll outside of the NYC area............
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Re: Why are Deli Subs better than homemade ones?
« Reply #21 on: July 24, 2021, 06:40:24 AM »
"OK, first I've been resisting this thread because I after reading it now I want an Italian Hoagie for breakfast!"
I DID have one yesterday for breakfast! Also, I forgot one of the best places in the state, Sergios in Denville, just off route 46 and near route 80, if you are ever up that area and hungry............
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Re: Why are Deli Subs better than homemade ones?
« Reply #22 on: July 24, 2021, 06:50:02 AM »
Try asking for a buttered roll outside of the NYC area............

A buttered roll and a regular coffee please.

Unfortunately the buttered roll is not a common request nowadays.
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Re: Why are Deli Subs better than homemade ones?
« Reply #23 on: July 24, 2021, 07:10:30 AM »
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Or a Italian Special at South Philly Hoagies :drool:

Or a bit more local Patch Valley Market. Ham, cheese, L/T/O/O&V and hot pepper relish. $7.50 and big enough to feed 2. They also have homemade apple dumplings (4) the size of a softball or a pie plate full of iced cinnamon rolls for $4.50. Dinner, dessert for two  and breakfast treat the next morning for $12.00  :drool: :drool: :drool:



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Re: Why are Deli Subs better than homemade ones?
« Reply #24 on: July 24, 2021, 07:27:51 AM »
For a chain store, I always thought the NYC/NJ place called Blimpie was way better than Subway. Unfortunately they have dwindled in size over the last 10+ years. 

Hands down, the best sandwich Iíve ever had is from a place called Melampo in NYC. The original owner was the equivalent of the Soup Nazi and that guy was a pain in the ass but his sandwichís were great but the new owner is not that guy.

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Re: Why are Deli Subs better than homemade ones?
« Reply #25 on: July 24, 2021, 02:16:28 PM »
 Wegman's in the northeast or just about any deli in the city.Subway is just ok....Went to a real Jewish deli yesterday, hot pastrami for me, corned beef for my wife, both on seeded rye...to die for..

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Re: Why are Deli Subs better than homemade ones?
« Reply #26 on: July 24, 2021, 06:01:49 PM »
Wegman's in the northeast or just about any deli in the city.Subway is just ok....Went to a real Jewish deli yesterday, hot pastrami for me, corned beef for my wife, both on seeded rye...to die for..

Subway makes a great sub they way McDonalds makes a great burger.
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Re: Why are Deli Subs better than homemade ones?
« Reply #27 on: July 24, 2021, 09:38:20 PM »
Subway and McDonalds. If you like/hate them in one city, state, country, You would like/hate them everywhere. But...both are safe road food for the most part.

There is a chain convenience store out here called 7-11, like a Caseys, Am/PM . They have an Italian sub made by somebody and then the 7-11 logo on the label. They have had a few versions including a deluxe with a sauce on it. They "used" to have a foot long one. The normal meats and cheese as well as sliced peperoncini. I would grab one and bring some red wine vinaigrette and split it with my friend when we go fishing for lunch. Didn't stuff you, but kept the belly from being hungry. If we went for a 6am - ???, one sami each to make lunch and dinner for about $4 per sami.

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Re: Why are Deli Subs better than homemade ones?
« Reply #28 on: July 25, 2021, 05:58:23 AM »
I was being polite about Subway, the subs are generic with bland deli meats...McDonald's is only when there is nothing else , like at night on a road trip... Many quickie mart gas stations can make a reasonable road food sub if it's fresh.


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Re: Why are Deli Subs better than homemade ones?
« Reply #29 on: July 25, 2021, 07:48:09 PM »
I just had to jump in on this one, I think itís safe🤔😂
My wife is from Millville NJ (southern jersey) as she calls it, Iím sure Kev M knows where it is😉
She always says Jerseys had the best subs snd pizza on the planet because of a special blend of flour imported from Italy. Her parents use to go to a little sub shop called TERRIGOís and that the short round Italian owner ďdudeĒ wore about 30 pounds of gold chains.
Does this sound familiar to any of youze Jersey guys?



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