What: SauBall Grinder Where:Grinders; 19811 Aurora Avenue North, Shoreline When: Last night at 6:30pm Cost: $9.95 plus tax and tip Would I eat it again? I can't wait to get back to Shoreline. Official Tasting Notes: On your next trip to Costco on Aurora Avenue North, forgo your temptation for a hot dog with the works and drop by Grinders-just a stone's throw away from the Highway 99 mega store. On my first trip to hoagie heaven, I was greeted at the door by an elegant older woman and Glamour Chef who simply goes by “Ma”. The menu on the wall listed thirteen different grinders including a Shrimp or Catfish Po' Boy with creole seasonings, the Goomba (Italian for special friend) Grinder- a special recipe from Sicily containing grilled chicken, kalamata olives, garlic roasted tomatoes, grilled onions, mozzarella, and feta, The Whack Whack Salad which doesn't hold a Ginsu to the traditional chop-chop salad and Hungarian Hangover Soup.
While frantically trying to make a selection, I was distracted by a piece of Ma's bread pudding making it's way to a table of three woman in the corner. The smell of the whiskey sauce brought back memories of my grandmother's kitchen. Torn between the Meatball and the Sausage Grinder the help was quick to suggest the SauBall Grinder. SauBall?! Of course... a mix between the Sausage and Meatball Grinder. I grabbed a table in the corner where my SauBall was delivered quicker than Felix Hernandez in a full count. Home-made meatballs, Italian sausage, sauteed onions, pickled red peppers were all bathed in marinara sauce and finished with Parmesan and fresh basil. Don't plan on picking this one off the plate. It's not moving without the help of a fork and cerated knife! Delicious. What's unique about Grinders is that they ladle some ricotta sauce and mozzarella cheese which is toasted under a broiler before the sandwich is assembled. As I grabbed another napkin, the fantasy of that bread pudding was not going to happen on this trip. “Ma, I'll be back!”