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Posted by Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle on Monday, October 8, 2012 2:15 AM

It's not enough to serve grinders in the Hartford, CT region. If you want to be successful, you have to sell GIANT grinders. That's how grinder shops name themselves, Sal's Giant Grinder or Manchester Giant Grinder or, in this instance, Franklin Giant Grinder on Franklin Street in Hartford. Pictured above is a meatball and sausage combo with peppers. The meatballs themselves are so giant that they are sliced into wide, thick discs in order to fit in the soft loaves. Our half-sandwich must have weighed over two pounds.

They are very strict about which grinders get toasted in the oven (in fact, the place has a rough-and-tumble urban attitude in general that we especially appreciate, but some might find off-putting), and meatball or sausage grinders don't get the toasting. Too bad. Among the few grinders they will toast, we saw a bunch of beef/chicken cutlet sandwiches emerge from the kitchen and they looked like winners (especially in the combo configuration). That's what we'd order on a return visit.


Franklin Giant Grinder was the first place I ever had a "great" Chicken Parm Grinder. Now mind you, I don't think I've ever had a chcicken parm that I didn't enjoy, but I didn't know that I'd never had a great one until this place. Whethersfield Pizza House, Home of the Chicken Cutlet, is the only place that has Franklin beat.
Posted by Foodosaurus on Monday, Oct 8, 2012 9:58 AM

I like Maple Giant Grinder on Maple Ave. in Hartford better than Franklin. Its beef cutlet grinder is the best of all!
Posted by Equity6 on Monday, Oct 8, 2012 11:07 AM

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