Jersey Mike’s is definitely a taste of home. I grew up in Philadelphia, a stone’s throw away from New Jersey, where we call “subs” hoagies. While Jersey Mike’s still calls them subs, the flavors certainly evoke my childhood home. Having heard good things and never one to turn down a sandwich, I recently checked out Jersey Mike’s to see what all the fuss was about. You can ask any Philly native about rolls and they will always say they’re not quite right unless you’re within a few hours of Amoroso’s and I agree. These rolls are definitely softer than I’d like, but they do have just enough crusty, flaky goodness to be acceptable.
The real winner is the meat and cheese. Italian meats and provolone cheese (yes, they still have classics like roast beef and turkey) freshly cut to order make the “Jersey Shore’s Favorite” (provolone, ham, and cappacuolo), “The Super Sub” (provolone, ham, prosciuttini, and cappacuolo), and “The Original Italian” (provolone, ham, prosciuttini, cappacuolo, salami, and pepperoni – although I could skip the pepperoni) a true taste of an Italian classic. The classic veggies are on hand – lettuce, onions, and tomatoes, along with pickles and a selection of peppers (including pepper relish, mmmm), but the true secret? A blend of oregano and other spices and a liberal dousing in olive oil. Jersey Mike’s likes to add red wine vinegar, but I’ve never been a fan. These sandwiches are not for those who are afraid to get the hands a little dirty. Don’t let the photo in this post fool you, that sandwich was a mess by the time I polished it off. If you’re hungry for a great sandwich, I certainly give Jersey Mike’s the thumbs up.
As a Philly native, I’d avoid the cheesesteaks. You can do a lot better elsewhere. While we’re on the topic, please don’t call them Philly cheesesteaks. They are simply cheesesteaks and there are only four ingredients necessary: a roll, beef, cheese, and onions. Once you add peppers you’re in a completely different territory called a peppersteak. Not the same at all.
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