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Bashful3 Aug 5, 2013 09:01 AM

I'm out in Rochester, Minn right now; there was a Jimmy Johns
right in the hotel, so I tried an Italian sandwhich there. Wow!
Fast, great bread, quality ingredients, yummy, for only $7.95, their
most expensive sandwhich.

Any of them located in Delaware Valley? I think they have Subway
beat for bread quality and variety.

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    INDIANRIVERFL Aug 19, 2013 09:56 AM

    New construction JJ's opened next door to 20+ year established Subway. For $1.50 more I received marginally better bread, smaller sandwich, fewer lunch meats.

    Their free delivery has forced the Subway to now institute delivery. Which means the orderlies from the hospital 4 blocks away will no longer have lists of 5 to 10 separate orders.

    Both provide a product cheaper than I have made at home.

    1. Chinon00 Aug 19, 2013 09:33 AM

      I'm having the Jimmy John's "Vito" right now. Not even close to a real Italian hoagie and certainly not in the league of a Primo's "sharp Italian" hoagie. The provolone has zero bite and the hams (capicola, and salami) are characterless). Capicola should have sweet taste with pepper on the edges. Nothing. You put your nose to a Primo's Italian and you can smell the meat and cheese through the wrapping. Then there's the vinaigrette they use rather than just plain oil; bad idea. And the bread was generic.
      I don't get the love for this placed other than being fast.

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        mkertello Aug 14, 2013 05:34 PM

        Quit hating, haters. JJ is a solid sandwich in a pinch, leaps and bounds ahead of its comps (Subway anyone?). They advertise as 'freakishly fast' and that's what you get there. I can be in and out of the Conshy location in under 3 minutes from the time I put my car in park to the time I put the key back in the ignition. The quality is good but not great, but keep in mind,it's only $5 for a good sized, well dressed hoagie on what I would argue is some pretty damn good bread.

        No, it's not going to rival a Sarcone's Italian hoagie, but respect the product for what it is, which is a very solid hoagie.

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        1. re: mkertello
          jujuthomas Aug 15, 2013 05:44 AM

          They are fast, tasty AND they deliver! :)

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            Chinon00 Aug 15, 2013 12:53 PM

            But you got Primo's right up Fayette? They have two specials a week: $3.99 small hoagies on Monday and 2 for 1 primo size on Wednesday. And they're fast.
            Noooo Philly kat should be seen in a Jimmy Johns.

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              Delucacheesemonger Aug 16, 2013 01:03 PM

              Sorry, their bread is not great so a pass for Primo's for me.

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                barryg Aug 16, 2013 01:09 PM

                Is this a general statement or are you saying you prefer Jimmy John's bread?

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                  cwdonald Aug 16, 2013 01:22 PM

                  Primo's bread varies by location. Some Philadelphia stores source it from Sarcones. I know for a fact the Doylestown one does not, so it may not be fair to discuss bread at Primo's over all. Secondly the quality of the bread varies depending on whether you order a small hoagie or a large. The latter is the sesame seed studded crusty bread that I like, the former is not as good.

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                    Delucacheesemonger Aug 16, 2013 04:15 PM

                    Most of their, Primo's, bread comes from Liscio's, including the Primo's on 11th near Walnut. Never a fan of Liscio's.
                    Never been to J John's

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              Bashful3 Aug 11, 2013 01:50 PM

              Yo, TBL, yes, Philly does have great hoagies. But, I'm not really into hoagies these days, so much as interested in a fresh, healthy sandwich on wheat bread, rather than, sacre blue, a hoagie bun. Different strokes for different folks.

              I'm not really a big sandwich fan to start with, and was pleased with what looked like quality and good value. For $6, I was impressed.

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              1. re: Bashful3
                FayeD Aug 19, 2013 09:47 AM

                I agree with the "Different Strokes for Different Folks" mentioned by Bashful3. While I have never had their Italian hoagie I have had their tunafish and I think it is quite a good sandwich. I think it may normally come with sprouts which I tell them to leave out and I may have them add cucumber if that doesn't come with it. All in all it really takes good and while the other places mentioned may have more authentic Italian hoagies, I agree that this is a fine sandwich. And no I do not work there.

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                tbl42 Aug 11, 2013 09:29 AM

                Bashful3-How long have you been working for Jimmy John's? Anyone self respecting resident of the the home of the best hoagies on the planet would rather starve than eat these things.

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                  Bashful3 Aug 11, 2013 01:54 AM

                  Thanks, all. And, I was wrong about that price. On my way to the airport Friday, I bagged a roast beef sandwich, light
                  on mayo, with mustard, to eat on the plane. The same deluxe sandwhich was only $6--what made it come to $7.75 was the bag of chips I had added the first time.

                  Sandwich no accident--this was even better in the sense that
                  it was healthier. And, kept until suppertime, as I ordered
                  a fish sandwhich in the airport for lunch, saving my JJ stash
                  for later.

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                    Bashful3 Aug 7, 2013 01:54 PM

                    Bala is great mileage/location for me: no problem.
                    It isn't that I prefer fast food to slow food, but sometimes
                    that's what's needed, and there's nothing to sneeze at good
                    quality in fast food. Popeyes is another example that comes
                    to mind.

                    Multigrain bread beats white bread hands down in my book.
                    Another cool thing about the Rochester location is that they
                    deliver. And, I saw huge delivery orders going out.
                    Not a bad deal.

                    1. paychecktoday Aug 5, 2013 11:37 AM

                      Funny you mentioned JJ because I just had their Vito sub (their version of the Italian hoagie) a couple days ago. Definitely better hoagies out there; only added bonus was that it was only $1 for a one-day special they ran. If it wasn't for that, I definitely would have been mad. This was at the Bala Cynwyd location, I'm sure it was probably going on at a couple other locations in the area too.

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                        MainLiner Aug 5, 2013 11:12 AM

                        There is one in the Bala Cynwyd shopping center on City Line Ave. I am not a fan. If I eat a cold sandwich, it's going to be on bread made by an Italian family :)

                        1. crazyspice Aug 5, 2013 09:43 AM

                          There is one in the Upper Dublin shopping center (Route 63) I saw it when I stopped into DW. I was not familiar with the name. For some reason I thought it was a hot dog place.

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                            cwdonald Aug 5, 2013 09:50 AM

                            The Hot Dog place is on route 202 in West Chester, not far from the Dillworthtown Inn and their website is JimmyJohns1940.com and their full name is Jimmy John piping hot sandwiches. I suspect they were grandfathered into keeping the name because of how long they have been there, and probably ddin't trademark it.

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                              crazyspice Aug 5, 2013 10:11 AM

                              That explains it. Thanks!

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                                MainLiner Aug 6, 2013 04:27 AM

                                The original Jimmy John's (I don't think you can trademark a name like that..) has been in West Chester for years. Have not been there in awhile, but they used to have some great hot dogs with natural casings (that snap when you bite them.) Also, had some old toy trains run along the walls.which were great for amusing little kids.) Never tried anything but the dogs..

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                            cwdonald Aug 5, 2013 09:03 AM

                            Yes there are definitely in the Delaware Valley. There is one in King of Prussia right next to the Baja Fresh on Route 202. I believe there is another on in Conshohocken right on Main Street next to El Limon.

                            You are the second person to comment on their bread. I didn't think it was anything to write home about, but YMMV.

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                            1. re: cwdonald
                              sylviag Aug 5, 2013 09:51 AM

                              What is YMMV? I learn something new all the time!

                              1. re: sylviag
                                crazyspice Aug 5, 2013 10:06 AM

                                Your Milage May Vary.

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                                  sylviag Aug 5, 2013 10:48 AM

                                  Thank you!

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