If there’s one thing that gets people fired up – and we mean really fired up – it’s arguing about hoagies. Where to get the best one, the best value, which spot skimps on the filling, who has stale bread, etc. The metrics by which you judge the quality of a sub shop are myriad and deeply personal. Jimmy Johns has a lot going for them. They’re fast, cheap, and predictable. Also, they bake the bread fresh daily, in the French style–soft and chewy on the inside with a crunchy crust. They don’t do warm sandwiches or toasted bread, so there’s no chance of a meatball sub when you opt for Jimmy Johns.
The business has actually been around since the 80s, having clued into its appeal with broke college students very early. Now they’ve franchised to a few thousand locations across the country. If you’re looking for places to get lunch, we have compiled a list of the best sandwiches to buy at Jimmy Johns.
All the Plain Slims
These sandwiches may seem pointless until you’re trying to find a lunch place with a picky eater. Or, you promised six of your friends you’d buy them lunch for helping you move, but you have low double digits in your bank account. They serve a purpose, is what we’re saying. It’s delicious bread, and if you’re opposed to lettuce and tomato then the slims are right up your alley.
It’s not an authentic Cuban sandwich because Jimmy John’s doesn’t do anything hot. And it’s always on French bread, but when you want something that’s not so much of a club sandwich, and more something with a bit of bite, go for the “Cubano.” If you’re looking for the best sandwich to order at Jimmy Johns’ the Jimmy Cubano is assembled with bacon, smoked ham, cheese, and perhaps most critical to its ranking on this list is the pickle and dijon mustard.
Spicy East Coast Italian
Hit us with those spicy peppers on everything. It’s an easy-mayo sandwich–we usually feel moral and philosophical opposition to the institution of “easy” condiments. But the Spicy East Coast Italian makes up for it with a drizzle of oil and vinegar and a sprinkle of oregano-basil. This Jimmy John’s sandwich features double meat and cheese, including salami, capicola, and provolone.
Okay, it’s a B.L.T. Nothing revolutionary, and not as good as the B.L.T. you’d order in a diner. But when you’re craving a solid nothing-fancy sandwich for lunch, they make it with sheer audacity in loading up the bread with mayo. They use a spatula–which we all want to do at home, but civility prevents us. Use our Millennial pro-tip and add the avocado spread to ensure you won’t be able to buy a house for another decade.
Maybe this sandwich should be #1. But it’s something of an affront to vegetarians and people watching their sodium intake. If you’ve been hydrating all week (are you hydrating now? Go have some water), then you might be ready to tackle this sub. If you’re searching for the best sandwich to purchase at Jimmy John’s, the J.J. Gargantuan is stuffed tall with salami, capicola, roast beef, turkey, ham, and provolone. Be forewarned, they scoop out a substantial portion of the bread to get the thing to hinge closed, and you’ll be out of breath by the time you finish it.
It’s a turkey club sandwich, arguably (please don’t argue with us about this), the greatest sandwich of all time. Here’s the thing, it’s also an acceptable template to express yourself. Add some provolone. Add some avocado. Get crazy and add salami and spicy peppers. The Club Lulu is the sleeper-hit of the Jimmy John’s menu. It doesn’t get as much attention as the Italian Night Club or the Hunter’s Club, but that’s because people don’t recognize the Club Lulu’s sheer potential. But don’t get us wrong, it’s not always something that needs to be improved. If you want a fast lunch that will surprise you with how good it is, go Club Lulu.
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