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.
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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.