The title about sums it up.  To commemorate the opening of their 1000th location, Jimmy John’s is holding a contest giving away a gift card worth 1000 subs.  Here’s the lowdown:

  1. Visit www.facebook.com/jimmyjohns and become a fan.
  2. Enter your name, email, and phone number by April 30th to be entered in the drawing.
  3. ?????
  4. PROFIT

The prize is actually a $5,000 Jimmy John’s gift card, worth about 1,000 subs.  Ten runners-up will receive a check for $200.  The contest is only open to residents of the Continental U.S.  I’ve already entered, and I would recommend you all do the same thing.

Although chips, cookies, etc. are not addressed in the contest, I'm pretty sure 5K buys you plenty of those too.

P.S.  If anyone hears of any other sandwich contests/giveaways, be sure to let me know.  I don’t have a vested interest in promoting Jimmy John’s or anything, it’s just a cool contest I heard about today.

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The first review I ever posted on this site was one regarding two new Steak and Shake steakburgers, which were sort of regional specialties.  Well, it seems that in the interim Steak and Shake has released a number of these new burgers, and I have failed to keep up.  I apologize.  In an effort to rectify this mistake, I have a new Steak and Shake review, the Guacamole Steakburger.

Authentic-ish!!!

Authentic-ish!!!

 The Guacamole Steakburger doesn’t exactly seem to be in keeping with the whole “regional” theme, although it is somewhat mexican-themed.  It includes two patties, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pepper jack cheese, a spicy sauce (I think Chipotle, given its prominent buzzword status lately), and of course the guacamole.  The burger is pretty good.  The guacamole does taste fresh and flavorful, and there’s plenty of it on the sandwich.  The spicy sauce, which is so prominent in restaurant menus these days it’s become a cliché, is satisfyingly understated.  The pepper jack cheese didn’t add too much to the sandwich, but overall it was an interesting blend of flavors.

The Guacamole Steakburger is a nice addition to Steak and Shake’s sandwich repertoire.  It’s satisfying, and not as pricey as you might expect a sandwich with guacamole to be.  Steak and Shake also introduced a Chipotle Steakburger and a Cheddar Steakburger, I hope to review those in the near future.

Large chains like McDonald’s have locations all over the world.  However, their regional menus can differ wildly depending on local health standards, religious customs, trends, etc.  One of the most interesting markets is the Japanese market, which recently released its latest line, the Big America burger series.

If you can’t make out the text, that’s “Texas”, “New York”, “Hawaiian”, and “California”.  According to a slipshod online translator site, these burgers celebrate the cultural flavors of America.  The Texas burger actually sounds like a lot of what’s been popular stateside recently, with BBQ sauce, bacon, and fried onions.  The New York has lettuce, tomato, bacon, and Monterey Jack cheese, as well as some sort of spicy mustard.  The Hawaiian includes lettuce, cheese, bacon, “special gravy sauce”, and an egg (awesome).  A friend of mine who studied abroad in Japan once told me that including eggs on burgers is relatively common over there.  The final burger, the California, has the usual accoutrements like lettuce and tomato, as well as a red wine sauce.

I’m almost positive I won’t be able to experience these burgers, what with not living in Japan and all.  If any of you out there happen to be reading Sandwichtalk from the Land of the Rising Sun, I encourage you, nay, implore you to try all or some of these burgers and post about your experiences in the comments section for this post.  The world will be better for it.

I’ve mentioned my love for Quiznos before, and it continues to grow.  Quiznos has an extremely large menu, to the point that I could review just Quiznos sandwiches from now on and still keep my blog running for several months.  I won’t do that of course, but the point remains: these guys make a ton of sandwiches.

More Meat!!! Double Cheese!!!

This particular sub is the Bourbon Grille Steak.  The sandwich consists of steak, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses, mushrooms, sautéed onions, and most appropriately, Honey Bourbon Mustard, as well as Zesty Grille Sauce.  One thing I appreciate about Quiznos is their willingness to combine multiple sauces and spreads for new flavors.  The sauces worked well together, as did the cheeses.  The steak was tasty as well.  However, the veggies* could’ve been prepared a bit better.  I didn’t dissect the sandwich to check, but the onions certainly didn’t taste sautéed, so if they were, they could’ve benefitted from a bit more time in the pan.  Likewise, the mushrooms would’ve been much better sautéed.  A small flaw in an otherwise enjoyable sandwich.

Quiznos is also a bit pricey.  The sandwiches are a little expensive, but the combos are really where they hit you.  I would recommend getting a two for $5 meal; however, that menu is a bit more limited (for example, the Bourbon Grille Steak isn’t available in any of the sizes offered).  Quiznos is still my sandwich shop true love, and the Bourbon Grille Steak was quite delicious, but it may not always be the best choice for the budget-conscious.

*I know that mushrooms are a fungus, not a vegetable, but it would’ve been clunky to reference that up there.