I guess things have changed a lot in Connecticut if most subs are bought in pizza joints. I remember having to go into small grocery stores to get them made, and pizzerias didn’t sell anything but pies..
But are they pizza joints that just happen to do grinders, or grinder joints that just happen to do pizza? Franklin Giant Grinder and Maple Giant Grinder, for example – both well-known and well-respected in the Hartford area – also offer pizza but I think anyone would say that grinders were their first specialty. I’ve also gotten good grinders from Zerio’s in Cromwell, who also does pizza and calzones but used to be called Cromwell Giant Grinder.
I’d suspect that many of the smaller grocery stores have faded away over the years – I did go into a Krauszer’s recently, though, and have a world-class sandwich made for me. So there are some still keeping up the good fight. Not sure what other small stores I should try but I am open to suggestions!
Looking at the Roadfood database for subs/grinders in Massachusetts and Connecticut, I see that they are barely mentioned. This is surprising since they are so popular locally. I know that most subs/grinders are bought in pizza joints there, but I would think that the Roadfood database would list some of the best places for subs/grinders in New England. Is this an oversight?
I think that could use some beefing up as well!