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The Best Sandwich in San Luis Obispo!!

Welcome to the Giant Grinder


Our Deli Story

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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


The Broad Street Giant Grinder is rated 4.9/5 from 52 customers!

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Jay T.

Having spent my formative years in Newport, RI I can tell you that this is one authentic "Italian Grinder". As close as you can get to a North East Sun...

Mar 11, 2018
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Denise C.

OMG! It was Amazing! My friend and I were over for the day from the central valley and happened upon this jewel by accident. The BEST sandwiches! The place...

Jan 30, 2018
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Jessica D.

Enjoyed a chicken breast sandwich with the works on a dutch crunch roll. $8.75 for 9" definitely will not leave you hungry! Stopped here on a SLO Sandwich...

Jan 28, 2018
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Shelley G.
Bakersfield, CA

My boss and I found this gem totally by accident. We were visiting from Bakersfield for some training and stumbled upon this great little place. We got the hot pastrami and it was Amazing! HUGE but Amazing! Went back the next day to get another sandwich (downsized this time lol) ...

Jan 20, 2018
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Gary M.
Ventura, CA

This place is so good one must try it. The people that work are very nice. I had the meatball sausage combo sandwich very good and it's a lot of just order unless you want leftovers to take home.

Jan 10, 2018
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Nora G.

The turkey sandwich is kind of bland but the hot pastrami is great and the Dutch crunch bread is amazing.

Dec 24, 2017
John Rewards Member
Grover Beach, CA

Great job

Dec 18, 2017
Neal Rewards Member
San Luis Obispo, CA


Dec 16, 2017
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Natalie H.
Morro Bay, CA

When you go here remember the place is called GIANT grinders. The portions are massive so a regular sized sandwich anywhere else would be a half sandwich here. Reliably delicious food.

Dec 9, 2017
Jared Rewards Member

Great sandwiches, amazing service, every time!

Dec 6, 2017
Ashley Rewards Member
Arroyo Grande, CA

Always delicious & big enough to share! The tuna & veggie sandwiches are my fav. Best sandwiches in town & employees are always very nice!

Dec 6, 2017
Rob Rewards Member

Food is great and service just as awesome!

Dec 6, 2017
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Andrew B.
Arroyo Grande, CA

Today I had an hunger in my stomach and mind telling me "I need a meatball and sausage sandwich." I knew right where my mind was going. The Giant Grinder has amazing sandwiches and my favorite is the Sausage & Meatball. It goes well with french bread or sour dough. Now ...

Nov 16, 2017
J, D & L Rewards Member
San Luis Obispo, CA

Best Grinders in SLO by far. Love the house marinades peppers and housemade salads. Perfectly smoked ham piled high or that East Coast Combo stacked with all the Italian meats you crave ..... both will please. Large selection so everyone will be delighted

Nov 9, 2017
Joe S.

Best Italian sub anywhere! East coast on white bread! Best customer service of any sandwich place around. I've been going here since it opened and the...

Nov 3, 2017

Fan Favorites

Hot Roast Beef Grinder Sandwich

Hot Roast Beef Grinder Sandwich

With pepper, tomato, and provolone.

$10.50 | $18.95

Half Meatball, Half Sausage Grinder Sandwich

Half Meatball, Half Sausage Grinder Sandwich

rated 4.5/5 from 52 customers!

With peppers and cheese.

$10.50 | $18.95

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 | $10.95 | $19.50

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Contact Us

1901 Broad St
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-4406
Directions | (805) 543-6700