Miami's Best Sub Shops: Footballs, Shacks, Three Brothers, and Hungry Bears

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Miami native Chelsea Antoun has an important task this afternoon. She must get lunch for the office. Along with her pocketbook, she is armed with a long list of requests for toppings. There's lettuce, tomatoes, onions, hot peppers, green peppers, sweet peppers, hold the mayo; olives, lettuce, pickles, mayo, mustard, oil and vinegar; cucumbers, spinach, mayo, dash of salt and pepper. Where is Chelsea going?

Chances are she is headed to one of the following ten sandwich utopias to buy one of dozens of types of submarine sandwiches for each co-worker. Subs are named for their resemblance to a weapon of war, but the true origin of the term used to describe these sandwiches is not clear. Bostonians -- or Massholes, as New Yorkers like to call them -- claim it originated in a restaurant in Scollay Square that used the subs to feed scores of Navy servicemen stationed at the Charlestown Navy Yard. Others suggest the technique was brought to the United States by Italian immigrant Dominic Conti, who owned a grocery store in Paterson, New Jersey, also known as the armpit of America. Still others call them "hoagies," after Hog Island in Philadelphia; "po'boys," after those who could afford them in New Orleans; or "heroes," originating from a large Italian-American population in Portland, Maine.

Though the true origin of the term submarine sandwich is under dispute, its status as a staple of the American diet is without question. Seemingly every neighborhood in Miami and across the nation has a store or restaurant that specializes in serving the legendary sandwich. It wasn't easy, but Short Order narrowed it down to a list of ten places in the Magic City that serve the best heroes, hoagies, and subs in town.


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Courtesy of 3 Brothers
10. 3 Brothers Subs
There are few better lunch options in North Miami than 3 Brothers Subs, and judging by the line that forms during lunchtime, everyone knows it. You can make your own six-inch Lil Bro ($4.44), nine-inch Middle Bro ($6.66), or 12-inch Big Bro ($8.88) or order one of a dozen specialty subs that range from $4.44 for the Little Rascal (egg knot roll with a choice of meat, cheese, and toppings) to $9.99 for the Ultimate Big Brother (turkey, roast pork, roast beef, and Swiss cheese). Short Order's favorites are the Knuckleheads (pictured) -- two egg knot rolls with slow-cooked pot roast, sautéed onions, and peppers -- which come with a specialty dip.

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9. Sub Serious
The name says it all; these people are serious about their subs. They have every deli meat and every topping you could ever ask for. Bologna to capicola, mushrooms to sweet peppers -- at lower prices than pretty much any of the other places in this countdown ($3.69 to $6.69). You can also get a burger sub ($3.99 small, $4.99 large) or chicken breast sub. The pinnacle is the Bomb burger ($5.99, $6.99), topped with mushrooms, bacon, green peppers, onions, and cheese. Customers love the fact that they can order online and have their personal, signature sub ready when they get there.


Location Info

3 Brother's Subs

1930 NE 163rd St., North Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Sub Serious

262 Andalusia Ave., Coral Gables, FL

Category: Restaurant

Paul's Sub Shop and Deli

16775 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Football Sandwich Shops

8484 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Good Times Sub Shop

17225 S. Dixie Highway, Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

La Baguette

427 SW 8th St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Good Times Sub Shop

17225 S. Dixie Highway, Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

1909 Cafe - CLOSED

5710 Bird Road, Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Hungry Bear Sub Shop

10521 Southwest 109th Court, Palmetto Bay, FL

Category: Restaurant

The Daily Creative Food Co.

2001 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

La Sandwicherie

229 14th St., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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16 comments
bbortolucci87
bbortolucci87

Good Times Subs is single handedly one of the dirtiest place I have ever eaten. I found an exceedingly long brown hair in my sub- to which I wasn't even offered to be reimbursed ( maybe they needed the money to clean up their kitchen?!) and there was dust YES DUST in my soda! How does dust even get in soda ! i was so grossed out, I actually called the Health Department. Stay Away ! 

gooseliverlover
gooseliverlover

la baguette opened a small storefront at marlins stadium.  i went there last week and not only do they not have any beer/ wine/ alcohol even though it says "la baguette sports bar" on the front door, they also didn't have any seafood or cold cuts. the only thing they could make was burgers, which you can buy anywhere else at the stadium! so, i waited until after the game to go to the original la baguette on calle ocho and when i got there.... they said they didn't have what i wanted (a pate & brie sub) and they hadn't had it for a while.  they said they aren't reordering menu items when they run out because they are in the process of completely changing their menu! VERY DISAPPOINTING! 

DESPREZ
DESPREZ

what about SUBRAGEOUS in Virginia Gardens ?!?! WTF/???!

tivo713
tivo713

how did super subs not make this list?!?

Leslie Hudler
Leslie Hudler

oh thank goodness i was beginning to get worried La Sandwicherie wasn't on the list and these people have lost their damn minds :)

Maurice Linares
Maurice Linares

SUBRAGEOUS!! On 36 Street by Airport. It is the best. Always packed and freshest ingredients!

Nicole Ashly
Nicole Ashly

What about best sub shop off us -1? It is FAR superior to hungry bear and their hot honey mustard turkey is like a million times better!!

Alex Curros
Alex Curros

That's like saying islas doesn't have the best croquetas.

Alex Curros
Alex Curros

That's like saying islas doesn't have the best croquetas.

Jimbo99
Jimbo99

"In a world littered with Quizno's and Subway (read: North Miami Beach)..." Where does a Publix sub rate ? Subway can actually be quite qood. The meatball sub is garbage, but that used to be, if not still is, their cheapest sandwich. Anyway, a sandwich isn't something to get carried away with, anyone selling a sub for $ 11+ is ripping you off. FCOL, I can go to Miller's Ale Houses and get Shrimp Scampi for that. In that case why would anyone do a sandwich joint unless a sitdown wasn't in a time budget ? If I spend $ 11 on a meal, I'll make the time to enjoy it and have an extended waitressed/waitered meal. Where has value gone in America anymore ? Personally, I couldn't envision a sub shop staying open that charges $ 11+ for a sandwich. I know they go out of business waiting for my patronage.

Ryan Johnny Thayil
Ryan Johnny Thayil

also Sarussi (which Travel Channel rated best in Miami). And of course, Publix subs are always great

Clarence Bolanos
Clarence Bolanos

HUNGRY BEAR is the best sub shop in Miami Dade hands down.... And it's probably the best in the state..... I have Lived in Orlando, Tampa, and West Palm and nothing comes close to this shop....

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