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Warzy grinders?

Churchill's has been advertising that they make the "famous" Warzy grinders. They are premade in the deli section but I don't know what's on them. Can anybody enlighten me as to what a Warzy grinder is and why it's such a big thing? Google wasn't very helpful.

created by dell_diva on Feb 23, 2015 at 07:56:04 pm     Comments: 31

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Apparently, Warzy's was a local deli and wine shop.

http://www.ohiosportsman.com/forum/sound-off/41863-warzys-grinders-toledo.html

http://www.toledotalk.com/cgi-bin/tt.pl/article/75170

posted by Bandito on Feb 23, 2015 at 08:04:36 pm     #  

Awesome place. The grinder had a potato salad/egg salad type dressing on it if I remember correctly. They had a Chicago Roast Beef that was to die for.

posted by Molsonator on Feb 23, 2015 at 08:34:06 pm     #  

They were the bomb! Last I heard, they closed at Southland shopping center in the 80s and moved out of town. This was way before Subway. The classic, deli hoagie.

posted by renegade on Feb 23, 2015 at 09:16:27 pm     #  

Rick Warzy works for Churchills now. He assmbles them himself. The grinder they make is really not that different between a cold cut/ Italian sandwich with the standard topping. The dressing seems unique, but I don't know what it is. Also, prominent pickles.

posted by ahmahler on Feb 23, 2015 at 09:50:19 pm     #  

the warzy from the old central location was as described by ahmahler but also with thin sliced crunchy dill pickles... enjoyed every one of 'em

posted by enjoyeverysandwich on Feb 24, 2015 at 12:11:55 am     #  

I see what you did there. :)

posted by justread on Feb 24, 2015 at 07:07:49 am     #  

chuckle

posted by gamegrrl on Feb 24, 2015 at 07:47:28 am     #  

Ok. I see everyone talking about how great the Warzy's grinder WAS. Past tense. Because I'm trapped inside until the temp gets up over 34 or so, I need to live vicariously through you guys. Someone needs to report on the current state of the Warzy's grinder. Get one. Munch it down. Tell us how it was. And if you had one in the distant past, please provide us with a comparison! Thank you!!!

posted by gamegrrl on Feb 24, 2015 at 07:50:53 am     #  

I am told there was a Warzy's in BG too. In the 80's.

posted by Molsonator on Feb 24, 2015 at 07:56:01 am     #  

gamegrrl posted at 07:50:53 AM on Feb 24, 2015:

Ok. I see everyone talking about how great the Warzy's grinder WAS. Past tense. Because I'm trapped inside until the temp gets up over 34 or so, I need to live vicariously through you guys. Someone needs to report on the current state of the Warzy's grinder. Get one. Munch it down. Tell us how it was. And if you had one in the distant past, please provide us with a comparison! Thank you!!!

No. Somebody needs to deliver one to her.

posted by justread on Feb 24, 2015 at 08:02:35 am     #   1 person liked this

Now THERE ya go! How I love an idea man!

It might get up to 36F this Sunday, which would mean that I could possibly venture out. I freaking hate winter. I wonder if that would be a bad day of the week to get one, if they even had any on Sunday.

No access to "real" grinders in Toledo makes me sad. This Warzy's grinder is a glimmer of hope to me...

posted by gamegrrl on Feb 24, 2015 at 08:13:46 am     #  

ok-so this begs the question-What differentiates a "grinder" from a submarine sandwich. According to the interwebs, it's the same. I don';t think it is though, I think a Grinder is something else, but I can't really put my finger on it. Oh, and a be careful googling grinder, you may want to search grinder "sandwich".

posted by ahmahler on Feb 24, 2015 at 08:28:49 am     #  

"... I'm trapped inside until the temp gets up over 34 or so ..."

According to the forecasts, the first chance for your minimum required temp to be reached may occur on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday, but it depends upon which forecast you look at. We could be in the low 30s on Sunday. Another forecast predicts upper 30s for Sunday through Tuesday.


"Somebody needs to deliver one to her."

A new service launched recently, but it probably doesn't work here.

http://www.getmagicnow.com

Excerpts from the homepage:

We have trained operators standing by 24/7 to answer every one of your requests. Send us a text message, and we'll get you what you want. We'll order what you need from the appropriate service (e.g. DoorDash, Instacart, Postmates, etc.), and deal with them so you just automatically get what you want, like magic...


Jan 12, 2015 - Wired.com - What Itís Like Living in the Coldest Town on Earth

A comment in the Hacker News thread that posted the Wired story.

I live in Whitehorse, Yukon. Last week it was -37C for a few days, I rode my bike/walked to work every day. I've been out Caribou hunting in -48C snowshoeing around right near the Arctic Circle.

I was on a grand road trip and spent a couple of weeks in Whitehorse and met some really awesome people. We went White Water Canoeing, hiking, camping, etc. The wilderness and opportunities for adventure had me captivated, and I knew I'd have to come back. When I was in Argentina, I touched base with my friends up here and they helped me get a job with the local Telco, Northwestel.

It's extremely common to meet people here that say "I came for one summer...20 years ago" because it's so beautiful and the massive array of outdoor activities make it very hard to leave.

Sounds like my kind of place.

I don't wear glasses and don't have a problem with dry eyes, though sometimes my eyelashes start to freeze together - it kind of depends how hard you're breathing and how much condensation is building up on your face. Some people wear ski goggles when it gets really cold.

Every car here has 3 heaters actually.

Block Heater: in the 500W range and heats the coolant (basically a kettle element)

Oil Pan Heater: A stick-on heater that goes on the underside of the oil pan, usually in the 200-500W range. It heats the oil, because past about -35C oil has the consistency of butter, even synthetic will do that past about -40C. If you have a big vehicle, you stick more than one on.

Battery Blanket: Like an electric heating blanket for the battery. If the battery freezes, it's done for, so you don't want that. You'll also get a lot more current out of a warm battery, which is critical when you turn the key at -40C and have to spin all that cold oil.

Everyone also puts cardboard or whatever in front of their radiator for the winter so when you drive on the highway the vehicle can actually get up to running temperature.

"Recommend a brand of winter wear?"

Marino [merino] wool against your skin is absolutely the most important. Throw out all your cotten - it's completely useless in the cold. Also a high quality wool toque (beanie).

I can walk around in -20C wearing a marino base layer and my "light" down jacket no problem, while people wearing 4 layers of cotton freeze their asses off.

posted by jr on Feb 24, 2015 at 08:32:11 am     #  

http://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/ingredients/article/the-origin-of-hoagies-grinders-subs-heroes-and-spuckies

When I lived on the east coast around Baltimore/DC, I was able to get GREAT sandwiches. All the ingredients were top notch, the bread was awesome, and the sauce or dressing had a distinctive taste. Not that they all tasted the same, but there was a definite similarity from deli to deli.

Around here, my sandwich of choice is the Madison Square at Big Apple Deli. Back in the late 1970s, there was a wine shop on Lewis near the Laskey intersection that had a small deli inside. They sold something called an American Sub, and it was WONDERFUL.

I look forward to trying the Warzy's grinder :-)

posted by gamegrrl on Feb 24, 2015 at 09:02:53 am     #  

It sounds wonderful, I'll have to try one and I'll report back.

As for the sub vs. grinder subject, I was always under the impression that a grinder has a sauce whereas a sub just has typical condiments like mayo and mustard.

posted by dell_diva on Feb 24, 2015 at 09:45:06 am     #  

Having lived in the Boston area for a while back in the mid '80's, we enjoyed many great grinders. To me, the primary difference was the bread. The sandwich was made from bread that was more flat and wider than what we know as a sub bun around here. The bread was also more chewy than your typical sub bun.
Some had "special sauce" but many had the typical ingredients you'd find on a sub in this region. I've never been able to find the equivalent in this part of the country so I'll have to give the Warzy a try. The closest I've been able to come up with is making my own with some good, chewy Hoagie style buns - also not that easy to find around here.
Wanna bet there's a run on them at Churchill's today that leaves the store staff scratching their heads in wonderment?

posted by Foodie on Feb 24, 2015 at 10:03:23 am     #  

We need a TT code word so that we can identify each other in case we spot somebody at the deli counter buying a Warzy :)

posted by dell_diva on Feb 24, 2015 at 10:57:51 am     #   1 person liked this

We need a TT code word so that we can identify each other in case we spot somebody at the deli counter buying a Warzy :)

Cacaw cacaw! Look up here!

posted by OneMoreBourbon on Feb 24, 2015 at 11:07:10 am     #   2 people liked this

"Be sure to drink your Ovaltine"

posted by gamegrrl on Feb 24, 2015 at 11:18:30 am     #  

dell_diva posted at 10:57:51 AM on Feb 24, 2015:

We need a TT code word so that we can identify each other in case we spot somebody at the deli counter buying a Warzy :)

Hoochie mama, George! Hoochie Mama!

posted by daddyg on Feb 24, 2015 at 11:30:35 am     #   2 people liked this

"...but how are the margaritas?"

posted by gamegrrl on Feb 24, 2015 at 11:34:32 am     #   2 people liked this

"better than Mexican?"

posted by MIJeff on Feb 24, 2015 at 01:07:13 pm     #   1 person liked this

I plan on holding a red rose in my teeth and dancing a little fandango while singing La cucaracha

La cucaracha, la cucaracha
Ya no puede caminar
Porque no tiene, porque le falta
Marijuana que fumar.

I gotta say though that daddyg just rose to the top 5 on my bachelor party invitation list, strip club mandatory.

posted by madjack on Feb 24, 2015 at 01:50:49 pm     #   1 person liked this

madjack posted at 01:50:49 PM on Feb 24, 2015:

I plan on holding a red rose in my teeth and dancing a little fandango while singing La cucaracha

La cucaracha, la cucaracha
Ya no puede caminar

Porque no tiene, porque le falta

Marijuana que fumar.

I gotta say though that daddyg just rose to the top 5 on my bachelor party invitation list, strip club mandatory.

Aw shucks. Thanks madjack.

posted by daddyg on Feb 24, 2015 at 03:55:45 pm     #  

I grew up on Warzy's grinders from their Southland store. After they closed, we drove to their store in Bowling Green on Rt. 25 for a while, but it closed, too, many years ago. I've been buying the Churchill's version and they are very close. I'm not sure what the secret is, but the meat must be a very specific brand, it still smells identical, and we think the pickles are garlic. Again, very distinctive. The only miss is the bread. We don't think Churchill's has the bread exactly right, but we are happy to have it close enough.

posted by oldmom2 on Feb 24, 2015 at 11:53:29 pm     #   1 person liked this

I'm headed over today for a couple. "Cacaw cacaw!"

posted by Molsonator on Feb 25, 2015 at 06:26:29 am     #  

Will be the guy with the paper sack over his head with the cut out eye holes and Chuck Barris printed on the hoodie.

posted by Mariner on Feb 25, 2015 at 07:27:35 am     #   1 person liked this

The Unknown Grinder Eater?

posted by jimavolt on Feb 25, 2015 at 09:51:25 am     #   1 person liked this

So someone tell us more about this mystery dressing. And the pickles. Are they garlic dills or???

posted by gamegrrl on Feb 25, 2015 at 10:51:54 am     #  

Our lunch meeting today at work was from Mancino's. On the top of the their sub box they offer the explanation of the term "Grinder". According to them, the term grinder is traced to the East Coast where during WW1, Italian immigrants set up sandwich shops close to the shipyards. They filled freshly baked rolls with meats and cheeses, baked them and then garnished with lettuce and tomato. The sandwiches became a favorite of the men who ground off rivets on the metal warships. The shop owners referred to the men as "grinders" and then started calling their sandwiches that as well. True or not, but it's a nice story!

posted by llz on Feb 25, 2015 at 01:44:01 pm     #  

Picked one up at Churchill's Maumee. Still awesome!

posted by Molsonator on Nov 14, 2017 at 10:38:14 am     #