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In 1968, a young Brad Fuller decided to leave his small Connecticut town to explore what was quickly emerging as one of the most desirable places to live in the United States - Southern California. Manhattan Beach, to be precise.  As a young manufacturing designer, Brad thrived in the youthful and idealistic environment which characterized sunny Los Angeles County. From Tommy's Burger joint in downtown LA to beach volleyball on the shores of the famous South Bay, Brad had found his home.  But something was missing...

Although he was an integral cog in a new electronics company with recognizable potential, Brad decided to follow his heart.  Since he had been in the South Bay, he had not been able to find a good sandwich. Nothing that even came close to what he had proudly lived on for many of his 24 years past.  So he made a decision; one that would change his life.  He bid farewell to the warm and familiar beaches of Southern California and drove all the way back across country to pursue his dream.

In 1969, Brad moved back to Hartford, Connecticut to learn a trade - the trade of making the perfect deli     grinder. For six months he studied and learned the business from a mentor in his hometown.  While many people may think of a sandwich as two pieces of bread, some meat, cheese, and an occasional veggie or two, Brad knew it was actually an art form - and he treated the process as such.  Only the finest deli meats and cheeses, the freshest vegetables and herbs, always 100% extra virgin olive oil, and of course, the perfect roll, were to be used when constructing one of these grinders.  And oh yes, let's not forget the "secret" ingredient.

As promised, Brad returned to Southern California six months later.  But instead of a drafting table, some paper and pencils, this time he was equipped with a business partner, a business plan, and a new craft.  Not long thereafter, the first Original Giant Grinder was born.

East Coast Flavor on The West Coast! Today, the Giant Grinder Deli maintains the same high standards that have always been the foundation of the dream. The freshest local ingredients are used; local whenever possible.  And the business is still truly "family owned and operated."  Brad's son Eric runs their popular Long Beach store of 25 years, while Brad and his wife Sherri, proudly operate their newest location in San Luis Obispo.  You might even see their daughter Jamie and her beau, Jay, behind the counter now and then. The Giant Grinder (or the "G-shop" as the family has come to call it) has found a home here on the Central Coast, and welcomes the community in for a bite!

...instead of a drafting table, some paper and pencils, this time he was equipped with a business partner, a business plan, and a new craft. Not long thereafter, the first Original Giant Grinder Deli was born

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Hot Roast Beef Grinder Sandwich

Hot Roast Beef Grinder Sandwich

With pepper, tomato, and provolone.

$9.50 | $16.50

Half Meatball, Half Sausage Grinder Sandwich

Half Meatball, Half Sausage Grinder Sandwich

With peppers and cheese.

$9.50 | $16.50

East Coast Grinder Sandwich Combo

East Coast Grinder Sandwich Combo

With mortadella, Italian salami, and capicolla, includes lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, provolone cheese, oregano, salt and pepper, and 100% olive oil.

$9.50 | $16.50

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The Broad Street Giant Grinder is rated 4.4/5 from 52 customers!

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Rosemary K.
Got lost trying to get to high st. Deli but saw this as I was trying to cross busy Broad street. I am glad I noticed this establishment. The owner is so sweet and knows his sandos. I ordered the mozarella on french roll...almost like caprese in sandwich form ...

Nov 26, 2014
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Shaina J.
A little shop in SLO that I've driven by a thousand times and didn't know it existed because it blends in with the residents along the street. Heard about it as a great sandwich shop that Cal Poly students don't know of. It's a small little ...

Oct 25, 2014
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Matthew M.
Giant Grinder serves a perfect version of the Meatball Grinder of my Rhode Island youth. The meatballs are hearty and a little spicy, the roll is crusty and delicious, the cheese is a reasonable amount, and the peppers are soft and a nice balance to the meat and cheese.  (They ...

Sep 3, 2014
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Ryan S.
Turkey Pesto was amazing. Very easy with kids too!! A must-stop anytime we're in or driving through SLO!

Aug 22, 2014
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Ryan K.
It's all about the East Coast.  My favorite sandwich by far in the county. This is a once a week lunch visit for me.

Jul 22, 2014

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shrinknurse
I moved from Pennsylvania to Paso Robles, Ca 12 years ago. I have been looking - non stop, for a true tasting east coast sub shop! I never found one - the meat was always off, the bread was not the same. Finally, yesterday after spending time in San Luis Obispo, ...

Jul 22, 2014
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Phillip B.
In an area full of sandwich/deli shops, Grinder's is my favorite. They serve an East Coast style sub sandwich, which I typically prefer over flat sliced loaf bread. The spot itself is away from the main downtown strip (Higuera) and located in more of a residential area, which ...

Jul 9, 2014
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Anna M.
Giant tasty Grinder & I ate it all!! Must try the Hot Roast Beef Tomato, Italian peppers and provolone cheese on a French roll. This little gem is tucked away on a San Luis Obispo street. It's a shoebox size house, very neat, clean and cute inside. It has ...

Jul 1, 2014
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Denalee C.
In Hawaii, 'grindz' means really good food.  You know, something is suuuper yummy and you can't stop eating it.  Well, if that's what Giant Grinder was going for, they hit it right on the nail. Giant Grinder is a tiny place that kind of looks like a house.  ...

Jun 23, 2014
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Lydia C.
Love this place! I urgently needed sandwiches for a working lunch meeting and the guy who works there was SO helpful over the phone. They were all ready in less than 20 minutes and he took the time to wrap up each half sandwich so people could try different kinds of ...

May 23, 2014
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Ian W.
WOW! What can I say? I ran the SLO Marathon, having come down from the Bay Area for the race. Being a native NY and CTer, I love a good east coast grinder (that's code for a sub sandwich) and nothing would please me more after running my first ...

Apr 27, 2014
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Tamara P.
The wine pourer at Tolosa Winery recommended we try this restaurant for sandwiches and we are so grateful that we took his advice.  My daughter and I shared their 9" hot pastrami sandwich and my husband ordered their 9" eggplant parmesan sandwich.  They were both to die for!  The sandwiches come out ...

Apr 21, 2014
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Aaron K.
Tasty sandwiches on the gourmet side and probably healthier than some alternative places. They are somewhat slow but it's worth the wait and you can call ahead if that's an issue. The portions are generous.

Apr 10, 2014
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Lindsay D.
One thing SLO does very well is sandwiches. My favorites have always included Gus's and High Street and now Giant Grinder Shop! I work close-by so I love using their online ordering and walking down the street to pick up a delicious NorCal or SoCal Combo (toasted) from one ...

Feb 28, 2014

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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-4406
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