Another Jimmy John’s Suckage Report

My Best Man from my wedding just had a Jimmy John’s Unwich…. he has been deleted from all of my wedding photos.

My work just ordered a bunch of Jimmy John’s Subs, expecting freaky good and freaky fast…. with some delivery…. but wait, they didn’t deliver them. Someone had to go down there and spend 45 minutes picking up 8 sandwiches.  Then they forgot the chips, cookies and pickles on half of the orders.  They didn’t want to drive up here and deliver them…. but I thought that they had excellent service and freaky fast delivery.
I thought I would bring you another informative Jimmy John’s Suckage Report.


Popeye’s Po-Boy and his little biscuit buddy

When you are on the road, staring at the highway for hours on end, you have a lot of thinking to do. Well, as i was driving across the country, I stopped a couple of times. At one point, I stopped at a rest area in I think Pennsylvania, but maybe it was Ohio, or maybe it was West Virginia. I don’t really know. I do know that I had very limited options for food in general, let alone sandwiches!

The options were either BK, Sbrarro, Panda Express, or Popeye’s Chicken and Biscuits. I figured of these options, the best place to have a sandwich would be popeyes, because they have biscuits and chicken. They also have some pretty good side dishes as well. So, i walked uop to the counter and ordered a chicken Po-Boy with a side of biscuit. My cousin ordered chicken tenders with a side of mac and cheese, and his girlfriend ordered mac and cheese with a side of fries. Well, I already had a sandwich, which came with lettuce, tomato, chicken, mayo (i asked for no mayo), and a decent bread. i really wanted to spice it up, but i wanted to have as many options for sandwiches as possible. I put a little bit of spicy mustard on my sandwich, then I split my biscuit in half, took some of the heaping chicken, a few french fries, a couple of leftover lettuce chunks, a pickle, and the spicy mustard and put it on the biscuit. It was just enough for a couple of bites, but it was also very different than the po-boy was because of the buttermilk. My cousin took his biscuit and his mac and cheese with some hot sauce and made that into a sandwich. All in all, it was a good time for sandwich making. The fries and the spicy sauce really gave it some kick, and the breaded chicken was heavily peppered which you don’t find unless you are looking for some good comfort food. Not only did we have some sandwiches, we also thought we saw someone who had stolen a baby from a hospital, but that has nothing to do with sandwiches.

D’angelos Subs

I totally forgot about this place until I came back east. I used to go there every so often, because it was fast, pretty good, and they had a very limited menu selection. They have a grill that they cook everything on right in front of you, and then they throw it in a sandwich. They also have pitas, but they distinguish between the sandwich and the pita.

They are a chain, but i feel like they are a step above a traditional chain. I haven’t actually gotten a sandwich from them recently, but I drove by one the other day and started thinking about them. I went to their website and it looks like they have tried to upgrade their image, but every sign i saw for them still had their old logo on it.

Like this one:

It brought back some good memories, but I will have to go in again and get a sandwich to see if they are still as tasty as i remember them being!

Breadless sandwiches are not sandwiches

the KFC Double Down is more of a disgrace to sandwiches than anything else I have ever seen. If canada won’t serve it because it is too disgusting (and this coming from the guys who invented fries and poutine) there is something wrong with it. Yes it has layers (chicken, the General’s “Sauce”, and Bacon) but it is missing the key ingredient to make a sandwich. BREAD!!!!!!

There are all sorts of blog posts about the double down right now, and it is making the news left and right, but it also happened to be perfect timing for this blog topic. I am a big fan of burritos and wraps as well… Very often wraps are considered sandwiches, and they can come pretty close. Some things, like lettuce wraps are very tasty. I guess if you are on a paleo diet and can only eat raw stuff, this would work, but not having bread takes a lot away from the sandwich.

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Chain Sandwich Shops

the other day I was being heckled for this sandwich blog, and someone started asking me all sorts of questions about what is my favorite sandwich shop chain. My first thought was Schlotzky’s because they make a pretty good sandwich, with good bread and decent ingredients. They also toast things well too, unlike Quizno’s who just plain sucks. After some more pondering, I changed my mind to Spicy Pickle because they offer a slightly higher end sandwich; a panini. A panini is a type of sandwich, but the bread is turned inside out with olive oil, then pressed in a “panini press” for a couple of minutes to warm everything up inside.

After more pondering, I think i would say for a traditional sandwich, Schlotzky’s wins, but overall experience, i’m going with spicy pickle. The Spicy Pickle also does soups and salads as well…

Anyway, this brings me to my next point. DON’T GO TO CHAIN SANDWICH SHOPS!!!!!!
• they promote bad sandwiches
• they use crappy ingredients
• the bread is all pre-cooked way in advance, then warmed up
• You get what you pay for!
• if you have to have 37 different types of sauces, then toast it until it is so crispy you cannot fold it and have it stay together, there is something wrong with that!

Lets look at some examples:
• Quiznos: $4 Torpedo. it is a thin loaf that is just really long. they cut it in half, weigh out the ingredients, coat is in a sauce that comes out of a gallon jug, toast it after adding some “spices” (dried oregano), then cut it in half and give it back to you in a paper tube.
• Jimmy John’s: They have days where they offer sandwiches for $1! Yes, that’s great! Too bad ITS NOT WORTH IT! “Freaky Fast and Freaky Good” is their motto. They also have “Free Smells” as a sign on their door. There is one down the street from me (on the way to D’Deli, which I have yet to enter, and condsider an eyesore. I don’t want a sandwich that they can make in 20 seconds with sub-par ingredients.
• Subway: “The Sandwich Artists” and Jared are their two main selling points. Forget the fact that they are based out of Milford, CT, which is a place that doesn’t even have SUBWAYS! All subways smell the same… kind of like the gas station they are in or should be in. There are not very many stand-alone SUBWAY shops around… most of them are nestled into the corner somewhere. I mean, the bread always looks like it is being baked fresh in that fancy oven they all have, but really? Where is the dough being made? Are they kneading it when they are filling up the gas pumps? They also have a lot of sauces which are supposed to make the sandwich tasty, but most of the time all it does is give you gas…. I suppose if you are somewhere where this or McDonalds are the two options, this is a better one, but why didn’t you think ahead and bring your own sandwich in the first place!
• All other fast food restaurants that claim they have sandwiches: Wendy’s, McDonalds, Burger King, Jack in the Box, Hardees, etc… these are not sandwiches. These are processed fast food between a bun with some mayo and lettuce and one slice of tomato… if you ask them to put fries in your sandwich, it probably won’t happen. I love me some wendy’s but I don’t call them sandwiches!