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Jan 5, 2011

Review: Jersey Mike's - Italian Sub

Jersey Mike's Subs is a submarine sandwich shop that is the fast casual to Subway's fast food. It's also Jersey Shore before there was Jersey Shore. One recently opened not too far from me, so the Sister and I went and tried their Original Italian Sub which costs $7.75 for a 7-inch "regular" (they also have a 14-inch "giant" for $10.95 and a 5-inch "mini" for $5.95. Pricing will vary with location).

The Original Italian Sub is served in a traditional fashion with provolone, ham, prosciuttini (black pepper ham usually found in Italian delis), cappucuolo (flavorful Italian cold cut I'd never heard of... well, I've never heard of prosciuttini for that matter), salami and pepperoni. we actually asked what cappucuolo was and the guy cut us each a slice--it was a very flavorful, distinctly seasoned ham that wasn't too salty.
I say he cut us a slice because at Jersey Mike's they cut the cheese and meat off of big chubs when you order your sandwich (just like at the deli) rather than have them pre-sliced. I don't know if it makes a huge difference in taste but I would guess it would taste fresher and visually it's a nice touch.
All of Jersey Mike's cold subs are put together on your choice of white or whole wheat bread (shipped from a Jersey bakery I was told) and served "Mike's Way" with onions, lettuce, tomatoes, red wine vinegar, olive oil blend, and spices unless otherwise requested. On the recommendation of our sandwich maker, we also requested their red pepper relish.

The service at Jersey Mike's is at the Chick-fil-A level where the employees are unfailingly polite and welcoming. They even gave us each a free cookie because it was our first time there! But back to the sub.
First off, the deli meats were individually flavorful and didn't overpower the other ingredients with a salty taste. The veggies were fresh, none of the condiments were excessive, and the red pepper relish added a bit of sweetness and a nice, lasting heat. I really liked the combination of flavors.

The bread was crusty with a slight chew to the crust while the crumb was fairly dense and soft.

I've been looking for a place that makes an excellent Italian sub ever since my local Philly's Best closed and it looks like I've found it in Jersey Mike's.
Compared to Subway, Jersey Mike's does not have as many options in the vegetable department but their sandwiches are definitely better tasting and of a higher quality, plus they have some more esoteric deli meats. Subway has improved in the deli meat department since long ago though. Also, like Philly's Best (which I really miss), and unlike Subway, Jersey Mike's actually has a grill for cooking ingredients for their hot sandwiches.

They aren't as cheap as Subway (but which sub shop is) but they offer better quality, and better service. Also, half a regular was enough for my dinner. Weight-wise, a regular is just a little smaller than a Subway Footlong.

Oh and if you're a Tri-State area transplant, they have Tasty Kakes!

Jersey Mike's Shop Locator

Nutritional Info - Jersey Mike's Original Italian Sub - Regular on White (483g)
Calories - 680 (from Fat - 240)
Fat - 27g (Saturated Fat - 10.5g)
Sodium - 2250mg
Carbs - 69g (Sugar - 9g)
Protein - 45g


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4 comments :

  1. There's no denying Jersey Mike's is the best sub shop. Fortunate to have had two in my area for a long time. A giant sub runs around $9.50 where I'm from, so not much price difference. I always get the italian, super sub or the RoastBeef/Turkey/Bacon one (forgot the name). A good hot sub is the buffalo chicken and chipotle cheesesteak. That's all I've ever had in all my trips to Jersey Mike's.

    Bottom line, I agree whole-heartedly. If a giant (i'm a small guy but can eat a lot of food) didn't run me $10, I'd go more often, but $10 is a lot for a "one-person" meal in my part of the country at my salary! I still go about once every other week, and I get coupons from their website.

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  2. Wow! You can put away a Giant?! I think I would end up throwing up if I ate that much...

    Fortunately for my wallet, I fall into the "light eater" category and could probably make 3 meals out of a Giant.

    I want to try their Roast Beef; it says on the menu that they cook it in house with Angus Top Round!

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  3. I like Jersey Mike too, good guy. lofty guy.  But thanks for that little anecdote about the slices in a half and and in a full.  I'm going to keep my eye out for this when I go for my daily 6.5 feet of sub for lunch

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  4. I like Jersey Mike and go out of my way to get a sandwich.  My favorite is salami, ham, provolone combo.  However, I've noticed that the bread has gotten a bit smaller in girth.  I remember in the late 70's when I went to a sub shop I would often say, please not too much meat.  With, Mike's have to ask can you please throw another row.  Again, back then the slices were overlapping, today it's end to end.  Here is the best. A fellow in from of me ordered the same sandwich like me.  His was a half and mine was full.  The preparer but 3 slices of salami on his half, when he got mine he put on 5 slices.  I mentioned the fact to the prepared who was alarmed at my question.  I guess, like many companies who are revenue minded, they must tell their employees to shave a slice on the full sandwich.

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