100 Favorite Dishes

100 Favorite Dishes: Meatball Sub at Jimmy's

As a countdown to the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas" 2010, City of Ate is serving up 100 of the favorite dishes we crave, savor and hope to scarf down again soon. These dishes are in no particular order. Some are little known, others celebrated. Some are pricey, others can be eaten on the cheap, but all are delicious to the extreme. Don't hesitate to share your own nominations in the comments. More of the dish's tasty details are after the jump.

No. 76 Meatball Sub at Jimmy's

For a mere 5.99 you can enjoy a true taste of Italy while soaking up a bit of Dallas history in what some residents of east Dallas fondly call the "flavorhood".


Jimmy's Foodstore is tucked away, hidden from the street hustle of imperial food giants, and enjoys a loyal clientele in search of fresh pastas, sauces, cheese and fresh meats. Jimmy's also carries an extensive line of Italian wines and other products, but those in the know succumb to the hand made meatballs that are lovingly made each day with mammas recipe.

To enjoy the meatballs as owners the Dicarlo family might in their own home, order a fresh made and lightly toasted sandwich that includes fresh mozzarella, sweet grilled peppers and onions, and their own marinara sauce.

There cannot be a Top 100 list in Dallas without including this legendary sandwich. May we also suggest a freshly filled canoli on the side?

Jimmy's Food Store
4901 Bryan Street, Dallas

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No. 99: Shanghai Buns at Jeng Chi Dumpling House

No. 98: Mashed Tater Parfait at Cowboy Chow

No. 97: Chicken and Waffles at Victor Tango's

No. 96: Colorado Lamb Osso Bucco at Hibiscus

No. 95: Flatbread Pizza at Dish

No. 94: First Chinese Barbecue in Richardson

No. 93: Elotes at Fuel City

No. 92: Summer Platter For Two at Big Shucks

No. 91: Chicken Gizzards at Sushi Yama

No. 90: Bob Armstrong Dip at Matt's Rancho Martinez

No. 89: The Angry Dog at Angry Dog

No. 88: Sliders at Dish

No. 87. Spaghetti Bolognese at Urbano Café 

No. 86 Vietnamese Pork Panini at Lumi Empanada & Dumpling Kitchen

No. 85 Cheese Fries at Snuffers 

No. 84 Tres Vasos at Samar

No. 83 Quatro Leches at La Duni

No 82. Pad Pak at Bangkok City 

No. 81 Brisket Sandwich at Maple and Motor

No 80 Lunch Express at Dream Cafe

No 79 Apple Crisp at Salum

No 78 La Vaca Loca at Good 2 Go

No 77 Shrimp and Grits at Screen Door

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