questionswhat is your favorite chain/non-chain sub…

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Mine was always Mr Hero but I'm not around them any more. Loved the Romanburger, two burgers, melted Swiss American cheese, grilled Genoa salami, on Italian loaf with onions, shredded lettuce, and tomatoes. Then some seasoning. Served with waffle fries and melted cheese.

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Jersey Mikes (PoorBoy's). Awsome, got me through my time in Texas.

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Jimmy John's for sure... I don't need to tell them how to make a BLT and they are fast, freaky fast!

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I used to love Schlotsky's, but they went out of business here for maybe ten years and are finally back but not the same shop they once were. I like Quiznos prime rib sandwich on rosemary bread, but Quiznos has some quality control problems locally as well. I usually just get Subway, but because it's convenient and inexpensive, rather than because it is great. This is not a sandwich town. But if you want to know where you can get a 15" burrito crammed with homemade chile verde con carne, mole, or adobada for $4, I'm your girl.

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I 2nd Jimmy Johns. Wish I had one in town...

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Non-chain, not sub, just a really good sandwich this place
Chain, I'll have to go with Jimmy John's just for the speed delivery factor.

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Chain: With a choice between Subway and Quiznos. Quiznos hands down.
Non chain: My house. I take what I learn at Quiznos and apply it to my own oven toasted (broiler) sub. I am quite the 'sandwich artist'.

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Firehouse. I stopped using any of the other ones once I had one of their sandwiches.

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If I want an $8 sandwich...Jimmy Johns. Subway if I am trying to feed the family.

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Planet Sub. If you have one near you, I urge you to try it. Delicious!! Hmm now I know what I want for lunch :)

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Subway. To me, better than Jersey Mike's, Quiznos, Jimmy John's, Firehouse.

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Jimmy John's, for sure. The plus, for me, is the UnWich! All the goodness of the sandwich fixin's with none of the bread. Yum!

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I've been fond of Firehouse Subs, but not sure how common they are. Jimmy John's is awesome as well!

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I have found that quality varies from franchisee to franchisee. For example the Subway by my house is owned by some Indian people and their idea of what cross contamination is must be a cultural difference from America. They have like 5 or 6 people working, regardless of the time of day. They do strange things like if there are a few people in front of you, they will take the sandwich to the back to wrap it (dude, I don't like when my sandwich leaves my view). The clincher was the time this woman was ordering breakfast for her office, they came out of the back with a stack cooked egg and just threw it in the microwave. The lady looked horrified to see this.

For local, I like Cheba Hut, they are technically now a chain, but they started here local and we still go to the original. Every sandwich has a pot based theme and they are expanding on the west coast and midwest

http://chebahut.com/

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Jersey Mike's. Not just because the food is great but the people are fantastic! Some of the best customer service I have ever seen. Years ago, when my lunch was at 9:00 (grumble) the manager of my local store told me to just knock on the door and if the bread was baked, he would make me a sandwich! Opening up early just for one person is by far the best customer service I have ever seen.

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@conanthelibrarian: 9am?

Years ago there was a upscale restaurant a few blocks from where I work called Louisiana Kitchen that served the best peach bread pudding with brandy sauce. They didn't open till 11am, but I used to call sometimes at 9am and ask if they had any left over from the night before. If so, I would walk over and knock on the service door and we'd trade pastry and money like a couple of spies. I doubt any of that money ever made it into the cash register, but man that bread pudding really hit the spot for breakfast.

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Fiore's in downtown Hoboken, NJ. They're mainly known for their amazing mozzarella ("mutz") but they have a different sandwich every day* in addition to the usual Italian cold cuts.

Thursdays and Saturdays are roast beef day.
Fresh made thin-sliced hot roast beef, ovals of fresh salty mutz, the optional roasted red peppers, served on "Hoboken" bread (crusty on the outside, chewy on the inside**) and positively drenched in gravy.

* If memory serves, it's hot ham on Monday, corned beef on Tuesday, sausage and peppers on Wednesday, roast beef on Thursdays and Saturdays, and tuna (Italian or regular) on Fridays. Their Italian tuna--made with oil instead of mayo--is amazing, too.

**http://www.nytimes.com/1993/05/03/nyregion/hoboken-s-top-crust-chewy-bread-has-a-growing-cachet.html

They get some tourist traffic from when they were on an episode of Cake Boss, but they are first and foremost a true-blue Hoboken institution.

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Now my mouth is watering for a Jersey Mike's buffalo chicken sub. I sure wish they had a location around here.

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Firehouse, without question or reservation. I live in the town where they got their start (and they really were fire fighters here), and think their food is the best in the business. They're also well known for their charitable work; their public-safety foundation has given over $5.3 million in life-saving equipment to area public-safety departments and organizations. http://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/400721/beth-cravey/2012-12-03/equipment-donations-complete-privilege-firehouse-founders

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I only found Capriottis a few months ago and they have really creative and delicious sandwiches along with decent cheesesteaks. They are a sort of limited national chain and that link takes you to their locations page.

My absolute favorite is a local chain called "Gene's Grinders". If you are ever in the Southern California area, try to make a trip here on a Friday for lunch and get the Italian Sausage and a side of fries. You'll die happy.

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@moondrake: I would LOVE to know who offers that burrito deal...

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WhichWich. Only ever saw them in Nebraska, and they are a tad expensive, but mmm their chicken pesto with avocado was amazing. Now I'm hungry.