What happened to ... The Original Italian U-Boat sandwich chain?

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Laurie

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#23
Jan 8, 2010
 
I remember the one in Palatine, loved those lunch runs from Arlington Federal S & L and back again. Hot cheese sub was the best. Italian wasn't too bad either. Why do the good chains close up? Too too tired of McDonalds, Burger King, etc....
hipodrome

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#24
Jan 8, 2010
 
any one remember the old HIPPOS ? in schaumberg { not the new one }
Mizo

Glendale, AZ

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#25
Apr 17, 2010
 
Same memories here. Living in Phoenix now, but my 2 best friends & I happened upon the best sandwich of our lives! Those were great days!! Let's find somebody who worked there with the recipe. Come on, pleeeeease?
David

Denver, CO

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#26
May 5, 2010
 
If any fast food chain should have ever been franchised it was The Italian U-Boat. The sandwich oil concoction they used alone should have been marketed nationwide. Does anyone know what was in it?
a bryl

South Elgin, IL

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#27
Sep 28, 2010
 
hipodrome wrote:
any one remember the old HIPPOS ? in schaumberg { not the new one }
absolutely!!!! plumgrove and higgins!!! was one of my favorite hotdog joints!!!
Taxpayer

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Sep 28, 2010
 
David wrote:
If any fast food chain should have ever been franchised it was The Italian U-Boat. The sandwich oil concoction they used alone should have been marketed nationwide. Does anyone know what was in it?
It was a franchise, I know someone that lost their a$$ in trying to operate theirs
Mrs OLeary

Naperville, IL

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Sep 28, 2010
 
Bill wrote:
The U-Boat Capicola is still the best sub I have ever had. Even better than the very good one at Augustino's.
I worked at the U-Boat as a teenager. Absolutely loved those sandwiches. Went to Augustino's when it first opened and was at the original location next to a Chinese restaurant in a strip mall. The older Augustino himself made the sandwiches, and he remembered everyone that came into that store. They were the BEST. They were so loaded that they were difficult to bite into. They don't make them quite the same anymore. Another place I have grown to love is Berto's in downtown Downers Grove. They are different, but ever so good.

I know you're a sandwich perfectionist, by what you've written.
David

Monument, CO

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#30
Sep 29, 2010
 
Taxpayer wrote:
<quoted text> It was a franchise, I know someone that lost their a$$ in trying to operate theirs
And such was the fate of all of them I guess. It's a shame. Great product.
Ted from GlenEllyn

Lexington, KY

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#31
Feb 28, 2011
 
I moved from the area back in the late 80's, bu still think about he u-boats! I'm in the restaurant biz and have been thinkinking about a re-birth!
Annaliese wrote:
My mom used to make a special trip to the Roosevelt Road store "back in the day", and there has never been a better U-Boat sandwich since -- nowhere, never, not-happening. I am proud to have had my first taste of fast food at Italian U-Boat and it set the bar very high for all salami and ham sandwiches for me.(And I don't even really like meat.) I have been disappointed by all other imitators ever since. Every. Time. But thanks for the yummy memories, Vito and Jim!!
Andy

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#32
May 1, 2011
 
I used to live across the street to one of the "Original Italian U-boats" in North Riverside off of Cermak Rd (22nd street). THE BEST EVER!!!!!!! The only thing I could find close to them, is ELIOTS DELI in Oak Brook Mall (BUT DIFFERENT BREAD). I would order the sub from there, and gret the TURANO Bread from Mr. Subs and transfer the meat and contents over to the Turano bread. It was pretty close. But no cigar. Will never forget those Original U's.
David

Monument, CO

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May 3, 2011
 
Mrs OLeary wrote:
<quoted text>
I worked at the U-Boat as a teenager. Absolutely loved those sandwiches. Went to Augustino's when it first opened and was at the original location next to a Chinese restaurant in a strip mall. The older Augustino himself made the sandwiches, and he remembered everyone that came into that store. They were the BEST. They were so loaded that they were difficult to bite into. They don't make them quite the same anymore. Another place I have grown to love is Berto's in downtown Downers Grove. They are different, but ever so good.
I know you're a sandwich perfectionist, by what you've written.
Can you remember what was in that sandwich oil? It was fabulous!!!
ItalianBeef-com

Scottsdale, AZ

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#34
Jan 1, 2012
 
Who has the best Italian Beef Sandwich in the loop? We are trying to figure out where the most visited spot is for our website, http://www.ItalianBeef.com
All of your help is appreciated.
Thanks
David

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