Power Rank: Sandwich Shops
ChadP thought this was worth mentioning said3
Today, I’m asking you to Power Rank your favorite Sandwich shops. I would really love to see at least 5 in your lists, and I suppose if one of them needs to be a hole in the wall local spot, that’s fine, but I’m really after chain sandwich shops. Bonus points if you point out what makes each place special.
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They’re the closest to a standard pizza place grinder that I can find around here that’s a chain.
Tasty sandwiches especially the Avo Turkey.
Cindi’s NY Deli and restaurant
Great breakfasts and good lunch sandwiches.
Their Wednesday Wicked is good.
And since I can add one:
Kelly’s Roast Beef on Revere Beach in Massachusetts.
because it’s amazing.
@ChadP my one and only (not a cheater lol) is Gioia’s Deli in STL. Been going here since as far back as I can remember. Sandwiches are amazing, and they recently won a James Beard award to prove it! If you are ever in the Lou I highly recommend it.
@tinamarie1974 Went there once when I was in high school. Remember loving it. Would love to go back.
@ChadP the son took over the shop several years ago. Now they have four shops around STL and they are part of Goldbelly. Thrilled to see them prosper, but hate how the price has gone from $ to $$$. I dont go as often as I use to, but I still visit for a treat.
Here is my current ranking:
If you are in the North Dallas area, my current best ever sandwich shop is The Sandwich Spot in Frisco. Dutch Crunch Bread 4 life
@ChadP I would rank Jimmy John’s below Subway. The blandest sandwiches I’ve ever had from a commercial shop!
@ChadP @Kyeh But it’s FAST!!
(I don’t actually mind them all that much, but [probably] my standards are low. Any food I didn’t have to prepare that tastes at least “OK” is wonderful.)
(Actually, I have to revise that a little. I’m remembering how expensive Jimmy John’s was compared to quality, and I’d definitely put them lower than Subway’s Italian BMT… although I guess I haven’t been to Subway in several years.)
@Kyeh Weirdly, Jimmy Johns would probably be in the 3 or 4 range in my list if the last time I went wasn’t bad. I grew up with JJ, grew up right around where they were founded, and it was always my favorite.
@ChadP Huh - I’ve only had them twice, but both times the bread seemed doughy and pallid, and the fillings were so boring - but maybe they’d appeal to a kid? I found it ironic that they had a sign in the window that said “Smells are Free!” but I never smelled bread baking there.
There’s a really good shop just down the hill from them called “Half Fast Subs.” Also a chain called Snarfs that’s excellent. One of the Snarfs has the best restroom signs I’ve ever seen:
I miss the deli shops of my youth (you know, fifty years ago). The places you could watch them slice the meat for your sandwich. Now, at least in my neck of the woods, they’re all the franchise sammie shops.
Well my first list is only local places, and then very regional chains. If I have to go with mostly national chains:
I don’t think there’s another big chain I’ve been to in the last 10 years.
Gonna toss out my local power rankings and if any of you weirdos want to triangulate my location based on them, have at it.
Sub Division is a great name.
My real top five mostly-locals:
Supreme Sandwich on W TC Jester in Houston
Bahn Mi N More on Northwest Freeway in Houston
Les Givral’s on Milam in Houston
My default choices when traveling:
Subway (because they’re predictable)
Jason’s Deli (lower because they are not real fast)
Will Never Appear On My List: Arby’s (I can’t safely eat there.)
Subs N Such. The bottled/canned soda selection is crazy!
Coco’s Food Truck. Sandwich places run in his family but I have not had the chance to try the physical stores.
Lucky 7 Deli. Mainly for the honey pressed Cubans.
Moxie’s and Moxie’s Too (yes as in also). Home of the Sear’s Tower sandwich. When my friend got it I never heard someone complain so much about a sandwich he liked.
Thuy Cafe. Bahn mi and boba tea.
Publix from the mid '90s to early '00s was super. Nowadays it is just ok. Main issue is that the bread is not as good.
Everything else still open is just ok or worse.
Shelly’s Deli. Amazing and massive Cuban sandwiches. Named before it became a Shell station. Original owner’s daughter was named Shelly.
Boom Boom’s. Best bread ever. First time you go you would be confused by how they put the ingredients on the bread but they had a folding technique that would evenly distribute everything. It was cool to watch.
Complain - why?
@Kyeh Like this!
@yakkoTDI You know someone’s going to TWSS you…
I guess that shop needs to serve their sandwiches with knives and forks. Not the worst complaint, for sure!
I don’t do chains much.
3.Voila French Cafe, Greer SC
I am completely unsurprised by the paucity of votes for Schlotzky’s. When they first appeared, they were a very slightly pricey place with a decent assortment of choices. I rather liked them. But then they made “toasted” their default, and boosted the rates accordingly, with the result that their sandwiches were comparable in price to a full-plate meal at a lot of the working-class diner-type places near my job. Decades later, they borged Cinnabon, and now they have devalued that brand by ruining the quality of the product. I have noticed that Cinnabon installations seem to be quietly evaporating from Pilot and Flying J truck stops, a loss that would have been lamented when a Cinnabon was still a Cinnabon.
This thread makes me realize how many places we have had but no longer do in my local area.
We used to have:
We still have:
A Nice Try award goes to Roly Poly, the sign says sandwiches but come on, you’re not fooling anyone. Those are all wraps.
There’s much better local places, though. Shout outs to Fat Tuesday, Po Boy Express, and World Sandwich. Two of those three bake their own bread, too.
@djslack also, most restaurants in general have not gotten their groove back and are dismal compared to 2019 versions of themselves. It’s sad, really.
@djslack Wow. Roly Poly. We got one of those in college and went a bunch of times. Hadn’t even thought of that place in 10 years.
Off the top of my head I don’t think I can’t think of 5 that I have eaten at!