Jersey Mike’s Take on an Italian Sub

Jersey Mike’s Subs was founded in Point Pleasant, New Jersey in 1956.  Since that time the lone original shop has morphed into a franchise that is rapidly expanding across the United States.  I was interested in seeing how it stacked up to other local and national sandwich shops and decided to give it a try.

The restaurant is located in the same shopping plaza on Market Street as Anthony’s Wood Fire Grill and Tasty Pastry.  Finding a parking place was a challenge and I was able to find a spot after circling the lot.

I entered and made my way towards the back to place my order.  A large menu board hung over the counter. Numerous employees stood behind the counter assembling the subs in an assembly line-like manner.  Each time a sandwich was ordered the meat was freshly sliced, piled on the bread, filled with veggies, sliced and wrapped.

I ordered the Original Italian and watched as they thinly sliced provolone, ham, prosciuttini, cappacuolo, salami and pepperoni.  They use house brand meat and bread baked in the restaurant.  I was skeptical about regular ham and pepperoni being used on the subs since Italians from where I grew up consist of salami, capicola and mortadella.  When it came to the toppings I opted for Mike’s Way with onions, lettuce, tomato, vinegar, oil and spices.  I also added hots* and almost freaked as the sub guy attempted to apply mayonnaise to my sub**.

I grabbed a drink and settled in to try the sub.  The bread was fresh.  The meats and cheeses were thinly sliced but lacked a lot of flavor.  I was still confused why they put regular ham on an Italian. The hots gave the sub a flavor unique to sandwiches from back North and  I enjoyed finding this topping in Tallahassee.  I am not sure if their Italian subs are Snookie approved, but it was better than what other national chains have to offer.

Sweet Tea & Bourbon’s Rating:
Atmosphere: C
Taste: C+
Presentation: C+
Service: B
Cleanliness: A
Price: $

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*Hots are not banana peppers or jalepeno peppers. Rather, it is a spicy red pepper relish.

**I have no idea who puts mayonnaise on an Italian sub and consider it an crime against humanity.

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