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Frylock
11-23-2012, 11:09 AM
Near my house are four places that sell subs. Do any of these stand out as particularly better or worse than the others? Any must-try chains among the four?

Jersey Mike's
Penn Station
Firehouse
Jimmy John's

Pine Fresh Scent
11-23-2012, 11:39 AM
Can't say for must-try, but Firehouse has Freestyle Coke Machines (http://youtube.com/watch?v=HF3QoT0Zgz0), where you can get a huge variety of drinks and sodas (only place I can get caffeine-free cherry diet coke). Their food is fine, but no different than other sub chains I go to.

KneadToKnow
11-23-2012, 11:42 AM
Fire House, IME, makes the best subs.

Jimmy Johns is a close second but as far as I can tell does not make any hot subs. If they do, it's news to me.

The other two I've never tried.

Snooooopy
11-23-2012, 11:49 AM
Firehouse is pretty much my go-to place for sub sandwiches these days. I used to go to Jersey Mike's fairly frequently, but they priced themselves out of my comfort zone. I sometimes will go to Jimmy John's, but they're also kind of expensive. I am not at all familiar with Penn Station.

MPB in Salt Lake
11-23-2012, 12:02 PM
I will say that Jimmy John's makes the best tuna-salad sub I have ever had, (I always get provolone and onion added) but at least around here they are fairly expensive for what you get compared to Blimpie, Subway or Quiznos, as their large subs are only about 2/3'ds as big as the other places for nearly the same price....

Spud
11-23-2012, 12:22 PM
One of these things is not like the others...
One of these things is not like the rest...

Firehouse, Jimmy John's and Jersey Mikes all make subs, and in my opinion are all good. I'd be happy if my dilemma was which of the three to choose from.

Penn Station makes more of a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich. There are lots of choices from meats, cheeses, onions, peppers, grilled on the big flat top. They also have fresh cut fries.

Accidental Martyr
11-23-2012, 01:10 PM
I think Firehouse is pretty good along with Jimmy John's. There was a Jersey Mike's here at one point but I think they went out of business. I may have tried it but I don't remember. Never heard of Penn Station.

Chronos
11-23-2012, 01:18 PM
Penn Station makes pretty good subs, better than Subway or Quizno's. They also make hot sandwiches, but I haven't tried those. I also haven't tried any of the other three the OP mentions, though I've heard good things about Jimmy John's.

ducati
11-23-2012, 01:49 PM
Very subjective topic apparently.

Love Jersey Mike's
Dislike Jimmy John's

Haven't tried the others.

YMMV

Simplicio
11-23-2012, 01:54 PM
Jimmy John's is decent, but the main reason to go there is that its really fast. Unless its really crowded, the lag between ordering a sandwich and eating that sandwich is literally a minute or two. So its ideal if your on a short lunch break or something.

KneadToKnow
11-23-2012, 01:57 PM
Jimmy John's is decent, but the main reason to go there is that its really fast. Unless its really crowded, the lag between ordering a sandwich and eating that sandwich is literally a minute or two. So its ideal if your on a short lunch break or something.

Also, they deliver. At least the one near me does. Until about 8:30 or so, which is frustrating some nights.

LavenderBlue
11-23-2012, 02:08 PM
Jersey Mike's is really good. I live in NJ and we hit them a few times a year when we're on the road. Better than Blimpie's or Subway's in my opinion.

Accidental Martyr
11-23-2012, 02:30 PM
Also, they deliver. At least the one near me does. Until about 8:30 or so, which is frustrating some nights.

The Jimmy John's here delivers until something like 3 am, but this is a college town.

MadTheSwine
11-23-2012, 03:02 PM
Jimmy John's is really good, but as others have mentioned,expensive and served cold.I don't mind paying a bit extra, but the cold turns me off.
Never ate at the others listed.

Spud
11-23-2012, 04:03 PM
Looks like I may be one of the few who has been to all four, and I don't think I really answered before.

Firehouse is my first choice. They steam their meat/subs. They also have a large selection of hot sauces if you want. As someone else mentioned they have free style Coke machines.

Jimmy John's is very good... and they get an extra boost for delivery and speed. Jersey Mikes doesn't have a location near me, but I eat them when travelling and they are always very fresh and good.

Penn Station would be at the bottom of my list, but like I said before they are a bit different. I guess they do make subs, but what I've always had there were Cheese Steaks. Good, but not great. They make fresh cut fries which none of the others do which are good. They also make fresh squeezed lemonade. If you like sauteed onions, peppers, and mushrooms, then this is the place to go... not my pick for "subs" though.

Zjestika
11-23-2012, 04:08 PM
I love Jimmy Johns. Their tuna and turkey sandwiches are my favorite, and you can get an enormous whole pickle as a side. That said, my husband hates Jimmy Johns and will barely even eat it for free. (He also hates Subway, which I will eat sometimes happily, sometimes because it's the healthiest option.) So, sandwich enjoyment is indeed really subjective... much like everything else.

Never had the other options. How helpful am I!

Wesley Clark
11-23-2012, 04:21 PM
Near my house are four places that sell subs. Do any of these stand out as particularly better or worse than the others? Any must-try chains among the four?

Jersey Mike's
Penn Station
Firehouse
Jimmy John's

I've only tried penn station & jimmy john's. Penn Station subs are far superior to Jimmy Johns (or subway for that matter). What are the prices for jersey mike or firehouse?

miss elizabeth
11-23-2012, 04:25 PM
The Firehouse Italian sub is a damn fine sandwich. I would try it if I were you.

KneadToKnow
11-23-2012, 04:26 PM
I've only tried penn station & jimmy john's. Penn Station subs are far superior to Jimmy Johns (or subway for that matter). What are the prices for jersey mike or firehouse?

Around me, these are the prices for a large Italian sub:

Firehouse, $7.99
Jersey Mike's, $12.43 (giant, 15")

Cubsfan
11-23-2012, 06:19 PM
Penn Station is decent. Firehouse is pretty much a Subway/Blimpie clone. I wasn't impressed and I'm, as a general rule, put off by fire fighter hero worship which that place stuffs down your throat the entire time you're inside.

Lsura
11-23-2012, 06:29 PM
Interesting that so many people like Jimmy John's - I've never eaten there when I didn't feel ill about an hour later. I don't recall ever having eaten at the other three choices, so can't speak to them.

I don't know how widespread the Which 'wich chain is (I've eaten at them in AZ and GA), but they're my preference if I have the choice.

Tim R. Mortiss
11-23-2012, 06:48 PM
The only one of your four I've ever heard of is Jimmy John's. I think they are good, very fast, and not too expensive. The best thing about them is if you are on a low-carb diet; they will make any sandwich as an "UnWich" by deleting the bun and wrapping it in a large, crunchy leaf of iceberg lettuce. Yummy and more filling than you'd expect.

zoid
11-23-2012, 06:53 PM
Jimmy John's is better than Jersey Mike's IMHO. Never tried the other 2 but Firehouse looks promising.

Jophiel
11-23-2012, 07:18 PM
I'd pick Jersey Mike's over Jimmy John's, all things being equal (never had the other two) but neither would disappoint me in the least. And, hey, at least I wouldn't be eating Subway.

Raza
11-23-2012, 08:24 PM
In north Atlanta, a Jimmy John's 8 inch sub runs about $6. They have free delivery with no minimum and 75% of the time they are lightning-quick. I find their bread rather bland, and I lament the lack of hot subs.

Taste-wise, I like Firehouse the best, but mostly because most of the subs I get there are hot.

Jersey Mike's (which seems to include the Jersey attitude), is OK - my colleagues like it very much, but I'm a bit meh - I don't dislike it, and it is definitely a giant step up from Subway.

DummyGladHands
11-23-2012, 08:33 PM
Firehouse fan checking in!

thelurkinghorror
11-23-2012, 08:37 PM
To sum up replies on Jimmy John's. Never heard of the others.

Not my favorite, but pretty good. I disagree on the tuna though, very plain.

FAST. I have gotten my sandwich before I even finished paying. I don't think it's especially more expensive than other places. Perhaps they just have more deals. Subway is cheaper if you get the daily-type ones, for sure. But you'll pay more if you're craving something specific and less commonly ordered.

JJ's business model is simple:
1) Find college
2) Start store nearby
3) Reap the benefits of delivering to stoned college students later at night

Bayard
11-23-2012, 11:00 PM
I just wanted to recommend Penn Station's fries. Their sandwiches are OK, but I could eat several pounds of their fries.

Spud
11-24-2012, 12:38 AM
Firehouse is pretty much a Subway/Blimpie clone

Not even close.

I wasn't impressed and I'm, as a general rule, put off by fire fighter hero worship which that place stuffs down your throat the entire time you're inside.

You do realize that every one of their employees was a first responder on 9/11... what are you Al Qaeda?

Becky2844
11-24-2012, 12:46 AM
Firehouse is good. BTW they give you a free medium sub on your birthday.

joyfool
11-24-2012, 01:14 AM
Jimmy John's is cheap around here. I love their sandwiches and, as stated before, they're super, duper quick. That said, I would always pick The Great Outdoors above all else. They're awesome!

FordTaurusSHO94
11-24-2012, 05:07 AM
Firehouse by far. It's nothing like Subway.

ekedolphin
11-24-2012, 05:49 AM
Love me some Firehouse and Jimmy John's! And I second the love for the Coke Freestyle machines. (I like Peach Fanta and Raspberry Coke).

StGermain
11-24-2012, 12:04 PM
Go Firehouse! I love the NY Steamer.

StG

aceplace57
11-24-2012, 12:10 PM
I ate at Firehouse Subs one time. OMG :eek: It burned going down and even worse going out the other end. Way too hot for me.

Swords to Plowshares
11-24-2012, 12:14 PM
There's a Jimmy John's by my work, so I eat there every week or two. I always get the #9 with hot peppers (Italian club) or #15 with hot peppers (Tuna club). They're always $6, and they have way more meat than a Subway sub, so they are a pretty good deal. The "club" subs always have lots of meat spilling out the sides.

jz78817
11-24-2012, 12:38 PM
Of the ones listed I've only had JJ's and Penn Station. JJ's is ok, at least their bread is better than most; the bread at places like Subway tastes like store-bought yuck. Penn Station's sandwiches are way too salty and they only single-cook their fries so they're as bad as In-n-Out's.

Bosstone
11-24-2012, 01:17 PM
Jimmy John's isn't bad, but I generally only go there when there's no other alternative.

I've never been to Firehouse, and I think I'm going to have to give them a try today. I want to order the entire damn menu it looks so good.

Dr. Girlfriend
11-24-2012, 02:17 PM
I don't know how widespread the Which 'wich chain is (I've eaten at them in AZ and GA), but they're my preference if I have the choice.

I saw a sign at a strip mall here saying a Which 'wich is coming next year. I'll have to check it out when it opens.

Never heard of Jersey Mike's before.

Love Jimmy John's, Firehouse is meh but I like the Freestyle Coke machines. Penn Station is ok, I mostly go for the fries and the lemonade.

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