At Fred's Downtown Philly, an Italian Hoagie Even a Cowboys Fan Should Consider

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Each week, Justin Bitner goes hunting for DFW's most interesting sandwiches. Have a sandwich suggestion? Leave it in the comments and he'll check it out.

Shop: Fred's Downtown Philly

The Sandwich: Italian Hoagie ($7.25)

Bread: Amoroso's Hoagie, shipped right in from the City of Bro Love

Toppings: Capicola, Pastrami, Salami, Cherry Peppers, Sweet Peppers, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Oil and Vinegar

The Breakdown: The place is Philadelphia to its core. There are pictures of Philly landmarks lining the walls, Philly chips to go along with sandwiches made on Philly bread. There are pennants and banners for the Eagles, 76ers and the other Quaker City area sports teams. Seeing a person wearing a Cowboys hat in here would be like seeing old Aunt Millie make it rain at Rick's Cabaret.

The menu leans decidedly on the cheesesteak, featuring 22 different varieties. Short circuited by the depth of options on the cheesesteak menu, I made the potentially ill-advised choice of going with the Italian hoagie. The hoagie deli sandwiches don't jump out at you on the menu, clinging to a small unassuming space in the top left corner. While at some places this may indicate a menu afterthought, I was rewarded for my daring gambit with a sandwich that puts any deli chain to shame.

The key to Fred's sub is balance. Where some places liberally douse the sandwich in vinegar or shrewdly count the shreds of lettuce they top your sub with, Fred's strikes the perfect ratio of toppings to dressing to bread. The cherry peppers and sweet peppers give the sandwich the right amount of acidic bite without overpowering the entire thing. The holy trinity of Italian sliced meats makes for a salty backbone while the hoagie provides a hearty, delicious base.

The Takeaway: Fred's claims that his subs are the "Best 10 Inches You Ever Had in Your Mouth." I'll let everyone take that in ... chew on that ... consider that while I say this: Fred's makes one hell of a sandwich ... for an Eagles fan.

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Succulentcuisine
Succulentcuisine

Glad there are 4 locations instead of 1. Carrollton, Allen, Plano and Richardson. Potbelly has nothing on Fred's. They are not even in the same league. PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

JOE
JOE

Had a pepper cheesesteak on Monday.  Great bread, great meat, etc.., but after I finished it I realized that I did not notice the cheese...at all.  Was there cheese on it?  Can't remember.  That's not a good thing. 

MBM
MBM

Never had a deli sandwich from there, but the cheesesteaks are amazing.  Po Fred or the Italian Stallion (cheesesteak plus italian sausage).  Fugettaboutit.

Still hate the Eagles though.

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

Looks like a have another hoag to try.

TLS
TLS

Fred's rocks.  Go Eagles!

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

The Philly Cheesesteak always a delicate balancing act. I've had some that were amazing and horrible. Cheese can be either white provalone or cheez whiz, not to mention the roll has to be just right in the crust and chew departments. I've been to freds and they seem to get it right every time...

Evan
Evan

Fred's is awesome. Stay away during the Friday lunch rush, though.

10 inch Po Fred all the way.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Worth taking a trip from Plano for though? Methinks Potbelly is still a better tasting sandwich than this one. I'd love to try one of their cheesesteaks though.

MattL1
MattL1

Worth it.  I have driven to Plano MANY times for Fred's and nothing else.

Buckeye
Buckeye

Get a large Number 4 with Japs and make an afternoon of it.  Yeah, it's worth it.

primi timpano
primi timpano

I went to Plano for Taqueria el Fuego, but apparently not frequently enough.  I've seen better looking hoagies in an Albertson's sandwich case.  That sure isn't goingto tempt me from tacos.

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