100 Favorite Dishes, No. 45: Italian Combo from Carbone's

Thumbnail image for Carbone's Italian Combo.JPG
It's a hoagie.
To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.

Every time I walk into Carbone's I do so resolving to order a different sandwich. I had a bite of the chicken parm number once and it was perfection, and I love their spaghetti and meatballs so I can be reasonably assured that the meatball hoagie will be delicious.

I never do it. I've been imprinted upon by a childhood experience -- a crystal clear memory involving sitting in a car with my father, with oil-stained butcher paper in my lap catching bread crumbs, shredded lettuce and thinly shaved onions. The hoagie will always be my favorite sandwich, and finding one outside of Pennsylvania or New Jersey will always be a challenge for me.

The Italian combo isn't an exact replica: the meat is a more pedigreed blend of high end charcuterie; the bread is baked in Texas, which is never perfect; the onions and lettuce are sliced thicker than I remember. It's a very good sandwich though. I stop in and grab one when I miss home.

Order the same, or choose another sandwich that resonates with some recently dusted off sandwich memory. Maybe you're a meatball person, or maybe your mom made you a killer turkey sandwich the day after Thanksgiving. It's your lunch. Either way it will be a good one.

No. 100: Pastrami Egg Rolls at Blind Butcher
No. 99: Chicken-fried Steak at Tom's Burgers and Grill
No. 98: Pasta with Uni Butter at Nonna
No. 97: Camarón en Agua Chile at La Palapas
No. 96: The Wings at Lakewood Landing
No. 94: Chicken Kebab at Afrah
No. 93: Trompo Tacos at Bachman Lake
No. 92: Fish and Chips at 20 Feet
No. 91: Canelés at Village Baking Co.
No. 90: Banh Mi from La Me
No. 88: The Burgers at Off-Site Kitchen
No. 87: The White Album at Spoon
No. 86: Ramen at Tei An
No. 85: Tacos at Revolver Taco
No. 84: Stuffed Chicken Wings at Sakhuu
No. 83: Korean Fried Chicken at Bonchon
No. 82: Grilled Branzino at Tei Tei Robata
No. 81: The Toddfather at Cattleack Barbecue
No. 80: The Biryanis at Chennai
No. 79: Shish Tawook at Qariah
No. 78: Arepes at Zaguan
No. 77: Goat Momo at Everest Restaurant
No. 76: Steak Tartar at Gemma
No. 75: Escabeche at Joyce and Gigi's
No. 74: Spicy Fish in Oil at Royal Sichuan
No. 73: Pupusas at La Pasadita
No. 72: The Kathi Roll at Simply Dosa
No. 71: The Chicken Wings at Teppo
No. 70: Cheesesteak at Truck Yard
No. 69: Chicken and Waffles at Jonathon's
No. 68: Birria Tacos at Los Torres Taqueria
No. 67: Bulgogi Cheesesteak at Say Kimchi
No. 66: Suadero Tacos at La Banqueta
No. 65: Brian Luscher's Post Oak Red Hot
No. 64: Banana Flower Salad at Mot Hai Ba
No. 63: Cinco Leches Cake At Mesero Miguel
No. 62: Cabrito a la Parilla at El Ranchito
No. 61: Reuben at Kuby's
No. 60: Plain Cheese Pizza Cooked Extra Crispy at Zoli's
No. 59: Enmoladas at Mesa
No. 58: Pig's Head at CBD Provisions
No. 57: Rib "Sandwich" at Baby Back Shak
No. 56: Beef Noodle Soup at Monkey King
No. 55: The Nachos at Spiral Diner
No. 54: Elotes, Everywhere
No. 53: The Popeye At Green Grocer
No. 52: The Cuban at International Bakery
No. 51: Rush Patisserie's Croissant
No. 50: Kitfo From Sheba's Ethiopian Kitchen
No. 49: Beer at Craft and Growler
No. 48: Pastor Tacos at El Rincon
No. 47: Banh Mi From Nammi
No. 46: Beef Fajitas From Mariano's

Location Info

Carbone's Fine Food and Wine

4208 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help
primi_timpano topcommenter

Yeah, you got me there. But it is still Jimmy's.

I have often wished I could bring personal ingredients to some restaurants, usually bread, heirloom tomatoes, hot sauce, but wtf.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Yo!  That looks like a hoagie from WAWA.  Start with a seeded roll, dig out some of the crumb and pile on only imported cheese and meat.  Go easy on the lettuce, tomato, and onion and be sure to sprinkle a bit of oregano and good olive oil.  And don't forget the cherry peppers! 

primi_timpano topcommenter

Jimmy's. Twice the flavor at two-thirds the price.

scott.reitz moderator

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Miss you Myrna!  Let me know when you find better? And yeah, I kind of miss WAWA for the late night win, too.

primi_timpano topcommenter

Yeah, you got me there. But it is still Jimmy's.

I have often wished I could bring personal ingredients to some restaurants, usually bread (for places like Jimmy's), heirloom tomatoes (sandwiches and salads), hot sauce (many taco places), but wtf.

In Houston I could take speckled trout to a place I frequented and they would gladly prepare it. That was a ways back.

scott.reitz moderator

@primi_timpano That's a great idea to explore. I wonder what other ingredients you could take to a restaurant for the ultimate fantasy meal...

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@primi_timpano Next time bring your own roll.  The Jimmy's people seem pretty accommodating there.  It's been done in Philly for years.

Now Trending

From the Vault