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River Roast’s Meatball Hoagie is a Must-Try Sandwich

The meatballs are soft, elegant, and served on a light and airy roll. But the key is the giardiniera.

The meatball hoagie sandwich at River Roast   Photo: Nick Kindelsperger

Price Point: $13 for Meatball Hoagie Sandwich at River Roast

No one wants to hear “dainty” or “balanced” uttered in the presence of a meatball sub, right? This sandwich should inspire a mix of genuine awe and real trepidation. At first glance, the meatball hoagie sandwich at River Roast (315 N LaSalle St., 312-822-0100; riverroastchicago.com) does just that. The roll barely contains the enormous meatballs, while a blanket of melted provolone is easily spotted.

But River Roast pulls a bait and switch, because while the sandwich definitely looks the part of a hulking action hero, it’s actually a suave, sensitive leading man at heart.

Take the meatballs. These are some of the softest, most elegant meatballs around—ones you wouldn’t mind eating by themselves with a fork. And instead of being housed in chewy, crusty bread, they’re in a light, airy roll, allowing you to appreciate the complexity of the meatballs.

The cheese and sauce barely register, and you don’t really miss them. What you do notice is the giardiniera, a fiery pickled vegetable mixture made in house. Giardiniera should come standard on meatball subs. Take note, sandwich shops.  

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