A Review of 6 Sub Sandwich Shops

Updated on August 5, 2019
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Lives in the Central Valley where he is a student at CSUB and writes in his free time. He is interested in social issues and travel.

Sandwiches make a good, healthy lunch when you are looking for something to eat in a hurry. These sandwiches are known by many names, including submarines, grinders, hoagies, and heros. Here is a review of a few popular shops: Jersey Mike's, Subway, Togo's, Firehouse, Charley's, and 7-Eleven.

Ratings of 6 Sub Sandwich Shops

Restaurant
Bread
Meats
Cheese
Price
Overall
Charley's
8
9
9
7
9
Firehouse
8
8
8
7
8
Jersey Mike's
8.5
8.5
8
7
8
Subway
6
6
7
8.5
6.5
Togo's
8
9
8
8
8.5
7-Eleven
6
6
6
9
7 (very convenient)
Jersey Mike's
Jersey Mike's

Jersey Mike's

Overall Rating: 8

Well, this place is pretty good. I like it because the breads are usually fresh, and the meat is packed in the counter like a good old-fashioned deli. They slice it right there in front of you.

The restaurants are usually pretty clean with a lot of seating. Sandwich choices have a pretty nice variety; they have your basic meats and I think they even have corned beef. They offer hot sandwiches, too.

I'm pretty plain when it comes to everyday eating—I usually like a turkey with cheese only. Sometimes I'll try something different.

Sandwiches are available in three or four sizes usually, and they have a kids' meal, too (two slices of meat on a three-inch bun). It can hit the spot, though.

Clean, fresh, and a nice selection of chips. It's a little pricey compared to the fast food places, though.

I'm a fan.

Subway
Subway

Subway

Overall Rating: 6.5

Well, this is probably one of the most standard and ubiquitous places to get a sandwich. I think it is one of the top five restaurants in the world.

What is good about this place: Usually the bread is fresh—earlier in the day, that is. And the ingredients always look sharp, too.

They make the food right in front of you while you are in line, and you can point out which toppings you prefer. They've expanded their cheese selection from American White; I think there are four or fives types available now.

However, the meats are usually pre-sliced and pre-prepared. Even the chicken and steak come pre-made and are heated in a microwave or in one of their super-stoves.

It's definitely not what it used to be years ago, and it's far from gourmet. But it works.

They do have a nice selection of hot sandwiches, such as the meatball and chicken teriyaki.

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Firehouse
Firehouse

Firehouse

Overall Rating: 8

Well, I don't know how far this place has expanded—it may be only in California. Sub places seem to be expanding fast, though, and new ones are popping up all the time.

This place has one of the best breads I've ever tasted. The selection of meats is rather limited compared to many places. And the sandwiches are much smaller. If you order the small, you will be done in four bites. You have to order one of the larger ones.

It's a bit pricey, too. This place is more expensive than many sandwich shops. They cook the bread though in one of those small ovens that moves them through on a conveyor belt.

The restaurants are filled with fire station memorabilia—this place was started by firefighters.

Hot subs and cold sandwiches are available from a pre-set menu, or you can build your own. They also offer sides such as salads and chili, as well.

Togo's
Togo's

Togo's

Overall Rating: 8.5

Well, this place is hard to find something wrong with. The breads are always fresh, the toppings generous, and the meat portions huge.

The sandwiches are available in a variety of sizes to cater to any appetite. A large variety of meats and styles are part of the menu: Buffalo chicken, Reubens, hot pastrami, turkey, and avocado.

They also offer soups, salads, and chili, wraps. I've never had a problem with this place other than having a sandwich that is too big. Decorative wallpaper talks about the founding of the restaurant in the 1970s, when it seemed as if a holistic attitude inspired the creation of the chain.

7-Eleven
7-Eleven

7-Eleven

Overall rating: 7

I have to give this place a 7 not because it is a 7-Eleven, but mostly based on the convenience of picking up an individually wrapped sandwich. I like quick marts and find them useful as a last resort.

I usually go for the Smoked Turkey and American Cheese. There really aren't too many choices in their sub sandwich department.

The bread is usually a bit mediocre and somewhat bland. But for a refrigerated item, it is passable. The bread is also pretty thick compared to the thin layer of meat and cheese. In other words, you get quite a bit of it.

The meat is pressed and flavorful, but definitely not what you would get in a shop. The price is a little cheaper. The last time I picked up a sandwich is was a little over three dollars.

The small pieces of cheese are good if you like processed, yellow, American—or cheese whiz.

In all due fairness, there are a variety of sandwiches you can buy here: Italian melt, hot chicken wrap, beef. You can heat it up in the microwave they provide for you or take it to go. As I said, they are all pretty passable but not the best fast food.

If you are hungry and cannot stop anywhere and want something to put in your lunch pail, try one of the subs at 7-Eleven.

If you are looking to be satisfied with something that will leave you satiated, then you might want to move on to another market.

Charley's
Charley's

Charley's

Overall Rating 9.5

I have to admit I am a bit biased toward this place because I love a hot grilled sandwich with cheese, onions, mushrooms, and peppers.

My favorite sandwiches here are the chicken and the steak. I think they have since expanded their menu.

You can see the meat being cooked right before you, and the cheese of your choice can be added and melted on. The onions add a nice aroma, as well.

There is something very satisfying about a hot sandwich, even in the summer. The breads are tasty, and if you are so inclined you also have the option of adding fresh vegetables to top everything off.

This has been one of my favorite places for years. Even the other sub places cannot top a fresh grilled Philly cheesesteak.

If you are looking for a cold sandwich, go somewhere else. Otherwise, this is my favorite.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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    © 2019 Finnegan Williams

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      • wpcooper profile imageAUTHOR

        Finnegan Williams 

        3 months ago from Bakersfield

        thank you, there are some good ones here.

      • wpcooper profile imageAUTHOR

        Finnegan Williams 

        3 months ago from Bakersfield

        well I am not sure what gluten is but I think I like extra.

      • renee21 profile image

        Tori Leumas 

        3 months ago

        I like Jersey Mike's because they have gluten free sub buns.

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        Shawindi Silva 

        3 months ago from Sri lanka

        Amazing !!

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