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

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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.

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

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

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