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First Jersey Mike's Subs now open in Santa Clara an East Coast transplant - any reports?

hhc Jun 13, 2013 11:37 PM

First Jersey Mike's Subs in NorCal now in Santa Clara, a New Jersey sub chain. Meats sliced fresh in front of customers, bread dough flown in from Jersey, sandwiches w/ oil & red wine vinegar.

No. 13 the Original Italian is the chain's top seller, with 5 meats: salami, pepperoni, ham, prosciuttini & cappacuolo & then provolone. Also popular is the roast beef sandwich, made from top rounds of beef cooked daily in-house.

Jersey Mike's Subs
3937 Rivermark Plaza, Santa Clara
Open daily 10am-9pm

Hope to read some reports & from people that can say if it's as good as in NJ.

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    dunstable Jun 14, 2013 06:03 AM


    Yeah when I first moved here, whenever I ordered a sandwich from a deli, I would tell the person behind the counter, "Can you put oil and vinegar on the sandwich? No, more. More. Keep going. More..." I've gotten used to eating my sandwiches San Francisco style, but man, it would be nice to be able to buy a Jersey Mike's sub out here. Hope they open one a little more north...

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      Ridge Jun 14, 2013 08:00 AM

      I gave up on sandwiches in California after allways being asked if I wanted sprouts on my pastrami.

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        bbulkow Jun 14, 2013 10:03 AM

        Grew up in delaware, had the same experience. There was an italian deli on Piedmont Ave in Oakland where I'd get my "italian" and they finally got used to me and my oil / vinegar fetish. I moved out of that neighborhood, switched to burritos for lunch, they went out of business.

        Looking forward to a real sub. Will footnote in my mind.

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        tom246 Jun 14, 2013 07:53 AM

        If it is anything like the original in Point Pleasant NJ, then it should be very good. Have had more than my share of Mike's subs over the years.

        Having said that, a lot can be lost on the way from NJ to Ca :)

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          mikeh Jun 14, 2013 08:07 AM

          This is excellent news. The Bay Area doesn't have enough "sub/hoagie" style sandwich places. Back on the East Coast this was the paradigmatic something you grabbed for your lunch break.

          #6 (roast beef), Mike's way, light mayo, thank you.

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            wolfe Jun 14, 2013 08:42 AM

            #19 Final Stop 7.75
            Everything Else, Ham,Turkey,Hot Coppa,
            Roasted Red Peppers,Olives

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              mikeh Jun 14, 2013 05:34 PM

              One does not "enough" make. And certainly not enough in Silicon Valley/South Bay.

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            mikeh Jun 14, 2013 05:43 PM

            Second location coming to Mountain View -

            "Our new location at San Antonio Rd on El Camino Real is projected to open June 26th."

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              bbulkow Jun 15, 2013 04:34 PM

              Near my office! Woot!

              Likely to be in the shopping center with the new safeway, because catty-corner is Los Altos, and I think across the street is Palo Alto.

              1. re: bbulkow
                Peter Yee Jun 16, 2013 05:56 PM

                Almost certainly "The Village" where the new Safeway is. That side of El Camino is Mountain View on both sides of San Antonio, but I don't think there's an open spot near Sprouts. Lots of open places in The Village. The Counter is supposed to open on Monday. Looks like you'll be getting more options in short order!

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                  DagingKuda Jun 16, 2013 07:54 PM

                  It's right between Sprouts & Cold Stone, in Lettuce's old spot.

              2. re: mikeh
                Peter Yee Jun 29, 2013 02:07 PM

                I checked the one in Mountain View yesterday. Not open, but work going on inside. I then went to the Santa Clara location and was told that Mountain View would be opening on July 10th -- they had only just sent in their first Sysco order yesterday, so they weren't in a position to prepare anything immediately. Some of the Mountain View staff were in Santa Clara learning the ropes.

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                edub23 Jun 15, 2013 04:53 PM

                Ate my first Jersey Mike's cheesesteak from the Philadelphia train station a couple of months ago. I know the purists would probably scoff, but I enjoyed it, and I couldn't make it to Reading Terminal before my train, which is my usual go-to for cheesesteaks to go. Wish we had them in western Mass.

                1. Melanie Wong Jun 28, 2013 09:58 AM

                  C'mon, people! Surely someone has checked it out.

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                    Peter Yee Jun 29, 2013 02:14 PM

                    With Mountain View not yet open, I tried the Santa Clara location. I ordered a #13 (cold sub, italian cold cuts, "Mike's Way" [all the fixings]) and a chipotle-may cheesesteak (I forget the number for that one.) Since I went in the middle of the afternoon, service was reasonably quick despite all of the training going on.

                    The #13 was just all right in my book. It struck me as just another sub, I hate to say. I liked the cheesesteak a whole lot better. That was pretty tasty and the bread did remind me of subs I have had in NJ. That said, I don't think it was as good as those I've had at the White House Sub Shop in Atlantic City. I am not a NJ native or frequent visitor, so I have no substantial background on Jersey subs, mind you. I'll definitely try a meatball sub (one of my favorites) after Mountain View opens.

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                      mikeh Jun 29, 2013 04:54 PM

                      I found it exactly the same quality as the Jersey Mike's in North Carolina, which is to say - I like it quite a bit. Slicing the meat to order really does make a difference, and I like the spice and oil combination of getting it Mike's Way.

                      Another gem - they fresh brew Luzianne iced tea there (both sweet and unsweet). It might be some of the most authentic southern-style sweet tea I've found in the Bay Area.

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