Best Subs In The Valley
Had never heard of Jersey Mike's before. I ate one yesterday and it was far superior to Subway(junk), Quizno's (way overpriced), Art's (also junk) and Dan's (somewhat better than Arts).
None of the above can match an authentic Italian grinder made by authentic Italians like you can get back east.
423 E Ojai Ave, Ojai, CA 93023
Try Antidote on Vanowen & White Oak in Encino. They bake their own bread on premises, are very generous with their meat, and their subs are the best I've had in the valley so far. Much better than Jersey Mike's...and certainly on a par with Bay Cities, but you get a lot more meat on an Antidote sub. The sub shop is actually in back of the liquor store in front, and as far as ambiance goes, is nothing special at all, so I always get mine to go. I usually get an Italian sub, which is enough for 2 moderately hungry people, and the price can't be beat - $6.50.
Try Santoro's and Taste Chicago (both in Burbank) for another comparison. The former isn't mentioned much here, and the latter gets mixed reviews. I like TC's Italian beef but haven't had their cold subs. Otto's Delicatessen, while not strictly Italian, may be worth a shot (haven't been there in a while).
OTOH I was extremely unimpressed by South Street's philly steak - mediocre and overpriced.