Jersey Giant Subs – Drake Road
Another lazy Monday. J got home from work and my tummy was growling. We had tried to go to the new Jersey Giant Subs for dinner last night, but they were closed due to the Easter holiday. We were both still kind of in the mood for subs for lunch today so J asked if I wanted to make a run. I was game.
The newest Jersey Giant Subs is on Drake in the shopping center next to the Lowes. I know there are a couple of shopping centers near there, so it’s the one that also has La Pinata Mexican Restaurant.
If you’re already familiar with the small chain (there is already a location in Portage in addition to four in the Lansing area and one in Detroit) this new location holds no surprises. You order your sandwiches at one end of the counter. The meats are then sliced fresh to order before the sandwich moves on to the small topping station. Your sandwich is then sliced in to quarters then wrapped up at the far end of the counter.
I was very tempted by the Jersey Devil which is all of their meats on one sandwich, but I went with the sandwich I usually get at Jersey Giant, #6 The Boss. The meat on the sandwich is Ham, Capacola, Salami, Cheese, Prositni, and Pepperoni. I chose wheat bread then had it topped with lettuce, Giardeniera, vinaigrette, and oregano. As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, there’s only one size at Jersey Giant and there’s a reason they use the word “Giant” in their name. The sandwich is large and even for a big eater like me, it’s two meals. I’m really looking forward to lunch tomorrow. As for the sandwich, this was the first time I had gotten the Giardeniera from Jersey Giant and it made the same mouthwateringly delicious. The soft bread and big stack of meats makes really make Jersey Giant stand alone. The giardeniera options makes everything even more yummy (that’s a technical term).
J’s choice of sandwich was the #13 which is Turkey, Cheese, and Salami. For toppings, she chose the banana peppers, lettuce, vinaigrette, and oregano. Like me, she ate half with intention to leave the other half for at least one if not two meals tomorrow. J’s not usually a huge fan of sandwiches with a lot of meat, but she always seem to enjoy our sandwiches from JGS.
The bill, with a bag of chips for J, came to just under $20. I love this new location because it’s so damn close to home. All of my Grand Rapids friends that went to school at MSU are extremely jealous when I tell them we have a Jersey Giant here in Kalamazoo. I’ve pointed many of them to the Portage JGS and I’ve been a hero for that. Jersey Giant is such a great alternative to the typical sub shops. Better bread, better meats, and much, much bigger sandwiches.