In the mechanized, never-changing world of Subway and Quiznos, Jersey Mike’s Subs is a pleasant surprise. It has some similarities to the aforementioned establishments, but it’s closer to an old-style deli. You go to the counter and order, and out comes the meats and cheeses to be sliced fresh for your sandwich, wrap or salad.
I have nothing against Subway or Quiznos. Both offer a greater selection of bread (white and wheat only at Jersey Mike’s) and you won’t find a $5 footlong at Jersey Mike’s, but you get a really stuffed, delicious deli-style sandwich. Also unlike Subway and Quiznos, a hot sandwich at Jersey Mike’s is cooked on an honest to God grill, not warmed in a flash oven. I tried the Chipotle Cheese Steak (also available with chicken) and got the giant size. Delicious! It’s a $12 sandwich, but it fed two of us — twice. Their menu can be found here, and on-line ordering is available (but they really need an order app).
Jersey Mike’s Subs
13681 Newport Ave.
Tustin, CA 92780
Open 10 am to 9 pm seven days a week.