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Jan 15, 2008 12:37 PM

looking to hear from fans of Jimmy Johns Gourmet Sandwiches

i think they may be the best of the sandwich chains not counting those that run their product through a toaster/griller. what are your faves and do you agree?? are they midwest only??

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  1. Mmmm. I love JJs! I miss not having any near me.

    My personal fav is the #5 (Italian -- genoa salami and capicola) w/hot peppers, sometimes double meat if I'm feeling like a particularly meaty sandwich.

    The country club is also excellent. Actually, I think I like almost all of them!

    So tasty! Plus they deliver.

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    1. re: pollymerase

      No one has mentioned the veggie, so I will. I love this veggie not because health reasons (obviously, with the mayo and avocado and cheese), but I love that they offer alfalfa sprouts, provolone, and the stated avocado. With tomato, lettuce, cucumber, and any addition or subtraction of items at no additional cost (onions, olives, peppers, other condiments; it's quite a tasty sandwich).
      I usually get the original Veg with a Slim #5 (minus capicola). Reasonably priced, and a total throwback to college bar-nights (15 years ago).

      1. re: amandaqtpie

        Just to add really quick--there are no olives on the menu there, and peppers do cost extra

        1. re: jjbailee

          If peppers cost extra, than it's location by location. There's no extra charge at my local Jimmy John's, and I'd feel really strange being charged for the addition of peppers.

    2. They are everywhere in my hometown of Ann Arbor, MI, but I spotted one in Charlottesville, VA on the UVA campus.

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      1. re: Prav

        I've eaten many times at the Charlottesville Jimmy John's right near UVA. The sandwiches are pretty good though I prefer the toasted variety, so when I'm in the car I head for Quiznos. Jimmy John's was on the way walking between my apartment and UVA for a couple of years, so they got a fair bit of business from me. I, too, like the #5.

        1. re: Prav

          IMO, the JJ's in Ann Arbor have gone waaaay downhill. We stopped ordering them at our office when one too many orders were screwed up. And whenever I get a sub, the predominate taste is wet lettuce. I end up ordering no lettuce to curtail that problem. Their avocado spread got really disgusting too. Not sure why, maybe it has sat around too long? I will admit though that their bread is pretty good and their BLT subs are excellent (unless there's too much lettuce).

        2. not a big fan, but they are better than Subway, Quiznos, or any of the other sub chains. the only one I know of that you can get hot capicola on a sandwich. Edible, but I usually go to an Italian deli if I am in need of a sandwich.

          1. One just opened nearby, in Maryland, so I too would like to know what is good there! (And what makes them better or different from Potbelly, Cosi, Panera, Atlanta Bread Co., etc. etc.)

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            1. re: little audrey

              To me, what makes them better than the above mentioned options (apart from Potbelly, at which I've never eaten and so can't offer an opinion) is focus. They do sandwiches and that's it. They have relatively few bread options (i think just 2) and, really, relatively few things they put on the sandwiches (infinite combinations, of course). I think that allows for better quality product and creates quicker turnover of their stuff and with sandwiches, fresher is often better.

            2. We just got one here in NC. I'm not the world's biggest fan of cold sandwiches, so take this for what it's worth, but I think it's pretty good. Everything seems really fresh and I, too, love the fact that they're a mile away from my house and that they deliver. My husband loooooves cold deli sandwiches, so I'd count him as a fan.

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              1. re: Suzy Q

                Sounds like you're in my 'hood, Suzy Q. I work withing walking distance of the new N. Raleigh JJ's but haven't been in yet. From what I've read Jimmy John's opens almost exclusively near college campuses so I'm not quite "getting" why they chose this location. I've also assumed, perhaps incorrectly, that the focus on feeding college students quickly and cheaply would lead to lower quality. After all, if you need delivery at odd hours and you're 20 years old, you're probably to wasted to go out for food.

                Still, looking at their menu on-line, I wasn't overwhelmed. Not terribly interesting, even for a sandwich shop. I may have to think about trying it, though, after reading some of these comments. Although the concerns about their bread don't make me happy. Why, oh why, can't any chain come up with a decent loaf of bread?

                Btw, I think there are 2 or 3 more JJ's coming on line in the Triangle area soon.

                1. re: rockycat

                  The menu may not be progressive, but it's simple and tasty.

                  I've always enjoyed their bread. I remember they would sell the extra loaves from the night before the next morning for really cheap and they would make a great snack on the way to class.

                  1. re: rockycat

                    Hey rockycat! I live near the one in Cary, which is the parking lot with Lowe's and adjacent to Starbucks. All I can figure it that they must get a lot of hungry home improvement do-it-yourselfers on the weekends. :-)