What might be known as a sub, hoagie or po'boy in other parts of the country is known as a grinder in New England, particularly in Rhode Island, where Italian delis around the state serve their own variations of the classic. According to one story, the word "grinder" came from a slang term for Italian-American shipyard workers whose job it was to grind rivets off warships. Another story credits the name to the hard rolls one used that diners would have to grind their teeth into. The traditional Italian grinder comes with layers of Italian deli meats, cheese, veggies and a vinaigrette, but there are as many variations on the grinder as there are delis serving it.
10Best and Sandwich America set out to find the best grinder in the state, and to do so, 10Best editors joined forces with local Rhode Island food writers and The Food Channel to nominate 20 worthy restaurants across the state. For the past four weeks, 10Best and USA TODAY readers have been voting for their favorites, and the results are in!
The top 10 winners in the category Best Grinder in Rhode Island are as follows:
- Shayna's Place - Wickford
- Venda Ravioli - Providence
- Italian Corner - East Providence
- Riccotti’s Submarine Sandwiches - North Providence
- Tomaselli’s at Rosario - Providence
- Ocean State Sandwich Company - Providence
- Sandwich Junction - Warwick
- Rosemary & Thyme - Newport
- Goglia Market - Bristol
- Dee's Deli - Cranston
Congratulations to these winning delis and sandwich shops!License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo