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Thought for food: “Greasy temptations” that please the palate

Photo by Mike Mazzanti.

By Sarah Moomaw ’13

Three men clad in Red Sox gear take an order and check the score of the baseball game on the TV. They are the aces behind all of the greasy temptations consumed by college students at Good Eats Pizza and Subs.

The shop lives up to its name. Steak subs are made by hand with fresh meat and veggies on a hot, flat grill. Fryers and ovens are checked before the timers beep. Pizza toppings cover perfectly sauced pies.

The menu is written on the small Tremont Street eatery’s back wall: salads, subs—cold and hot—wraps, burgers, “munchies,” calzones, pizzas, pastas. The sheer number of choices is daunting—how much is too much?

Items on the munchies list, such as the Texas Toothpicks ($2.75 for a small), should sate any greasy-food lover’s craving. The seasoned hot fries pack some serious heat, whether you choose to dip them in ketchup or go sauce-less.

The pepperoni pizza ($2 a slice, $6.60 for a 12-inch) combines large pieces of pepperoni, a crisp bottom crust and a perfect cheese-to-sauce ratio. The sauce doesn’t hide the spicy kick from pepperoni, nor does the cheese mask the tomato sauce beneath.

The toasted chicken parmesan sub ($5.25) might be the best in town, outside of Boston’s North End. A long, crusty French sub roll cradles perfectly breaded chicken breasts smothered in a chunky tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese.

One of the specialty subs—the “Can’t find a name for it” ($6.90)—serves Thanksgiving dinner on a crusty sub roll. Packed with roasted turkey breast and stuffing, and smeared with a cranberry sauce containing whole cranberries and a light turkey gravy, each bite is reminiscent of a forkful of the fall holiday feast.

Aside from the pizzas, the most expensive item on the menu rings up at $13.65. The Munchies Platter—fit for a weekend of football on the Tube—offers a solid sampling of the munchies menu: chicken tenders, chicken wings, hot wings, mozzarella sticks, fried ravioli and jalapeno poppers.

The guys in baseball caps turn off their ovens by 10 p.m. on Monday through Saturday, and by 8 p.m. on Sundays. The restaurant is located at 1002 Tremont St. Dine in, carryout or call 617-442-0999 for delivery.

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