Driving through Orange Park I spotted Gibbs NY Style Subs. The sandwich shop is located at 562 Kingsley Road in a squat brick building. A small patio surrounded by a low brick wall stood out front. I pulled and decided to order lunch before making my way back to Tallahassee.
A neon open sign blazed from the window. Opening the front door I was greeted by a guy before the front counter. A second employee shuttled orders. Tables and booths lined the eatery which was surrounded on three side by plate glass windows. At the front counter a large menu hung above the cash register and a refrigerated case contained deli meats. Gibbs keeps their menu simple and offers sandwiches, salads and a soup or two. After weighing my choices I ordered an 8” Godfather (ham, cooked salami, Genoa salami, capicola, pepperoni and cheese) and a coke. I took a seat in the dining area, cleaned off the remains of a prior patron’s meal, and waited for my sandwich to be ready.
During the lunchtime rush Gibbs was full of locals grabbing a bite to eat and discussing their day. Several of the customers appeared to be regulars and were on a first name basis with the owner. Meals came out in an orderly fashion and within minutes mine arrived on the table.
At many places the pictures of the food you order pale in comparison to what arrives on the plate. At Gibbs, the sub my sub had been assembled with care and looked like it was ready for a photo shoot. The Godfather was served on wax paper in a simple black plastic basket. Thin slices of ham, salami, capicola, pepperoni, and provolone cheese were topped with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and sliced onions. Half of a dill pickle was also tucked into the basket.
My mouth was watering as I picked half of the sub up and took a bite. The bread was fresh and the meat combined with the vegetables to make for a very good take on the classic Italian sub. I was afraid the 8” sub would not be enough, but I was more than satisfied. The sub shop is worth a visit and is a nice alternative to the national sandwich chains.
Gibbs is open Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and is closed on Sundays. The sub shop can be found online at gibbsnysubs.com and on Facebook (although their page has not been updated since 2012.) Gibbs can be contacted by telephone at (904) 278-2776.
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