In a combination of self-promotion and minimization of bias, I’d like to announce that I am now gainfully employed by Jersey Giant Sub Shop. I’ve given them high marks, both here and in the Western Herald, and I’m proud to be part of the team bringing the best sub sandwiches out there to Kalamazoo. This means that I won’t be reviewing Jersey Giant subs anytime soon to avoid a conflict of interest, but I can guarantee they’re still some of the best on the market. If you’re not convinced, swing by the Jersey Giant location on Westnedge across from Meijer and I’ll make you one myself.
These dudes are on the menu. The left one is the tuna sub and the right is the Jersey Devil, which includes every meat we have (about 7). I don’t know if they have names, but I’m gonna refer to them as Billy and Todd respectively from now on.
Today’s post is a little different. In addition to blogging about sandwiches, I also write for the Western Herald, Western Michigan University’s student newspaper. I generally cover crime/public safety and breaking news over there. As part of our restaurant guide, I wrote up a list of the best sandwiches in Kalamazoo in a number of categories, including wraps, vegetarian options, and subs. For those of you in Kalamazoo, this will be your bible. For those of you elsewhere, enjoy a glimpse into the local sandwich landscape. A couple of them will be familiar to long time fans, but there’s plenty of new material.
Super Satisfying Sandwiches
And I suppose now is a good a time as any to plug my other projects, so I will!! I also write for a local music publication called Kalamazoo Local Music, which provides a great guide to the local music and concert scene. And if you like Sandwichtalk but wish I blogged about movies and TV shows and cartoons instead, fear not!! I run another blog called Gentlemen, Behold!! that covers different pop culture topics. If you like Sandwichtalk, I’ll go out on a limb and say you’ll probably enjoy GB.
I’ve been a little bit busy with all these different projects, but I hope to keep updating both blogs regularly. Check back frequently for the latest updates!!
Jersey Giant Subs is apparently a household name in the East Lansing area, but they just opened their first location in my neck of the woods, on Westnedge by the Meijer in Portage. Jersey Giant specializes in “Boardwalk Subs,” which consist of various Italian cured meats and cheeses with veggies. Pretty standard stuff, but the beauty of it is in the execution.
I had the “Jersey Giant,” which is a foot of ham, capicola, salami and provolone cheese, with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and Italian dressing. It was phenomenal. For a seemingly basic sub, it was loaded with flavor and overflowing with toppings. The meat and cheese were freshly sliced as I entered the shop (by my friend Matt, as it happens), which is a level of quality and freshness that Subway just can’t replicate. The subs are also huge. One full sub (roughly 16 inches) is easily two full meals, and mine actually lasted me three. It’s a great sandwich and a lot of it.
Jersey Giant is a little bit pricey, with 16” subs usually going for between $6-8 alone, without the addition of a side or drink. It’s actually a great deal for the amount of good food you get, but it’s still something to keep in mind. I’d recommend Jersey Giant for anyone who enjoys traditional Italian subs and doesn’t mind bringing home extras.