Michael's Italian Beef & Sausage Co.

$ Sandwiches/Deli

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Behind-the-counter attitude at this chapel of hoagies and meatballs (right off the hectic intersection of NE Sandy Boulevard and E Burnside Street) can be fast and furious, even downright curt at times. But that’s just part of the charm at this very un-Portland sandwich shop, where hot hoagie rolls are stuffed with Chicago-style Italian roast beef sliced thin, marinated in its own juicy gravy, and covered in sautéed peppers and onions; or with home-baked meatballs served “pizza-style” in tomato sauce; or with deliciously gut-busting Italian sausages. You can settle for chili dogs and cold veggie subs, of course, but those are hardly the main attraction here. Equal parts Midwest frankness, East Coast rabidity, and Italian gluttony, all under one West Coast roof, are what keep us coming back—that, and all that meat

Last updated: 08/23/2012