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Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Review

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Category : Hoagies, Sandwiches, Subs

Jimmy John's on Federal Highway in Fort LauderdaleJimmy John’s likes to refer to their product as “Gourmet Sandwiches”, but anything in a long hoagie roll I call a sub. The ‘sandwich/sub’ genre of food is probably the most crowded for downtown eaters. In just minutes we have access to Jimmy John’s, Firehouse Subs, Quiznos, Subway and a slew of other mom and pop stores that pepper the downtown landscape.

Located in a small plaza on Federal Highway just outside downtown Fort Lauderdale, Jimmy John’s is surprisingly easy to get in and out of. Ordering is shockingly faster than most places and the menu is straightforward and easy.

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches
Website: Yes
Phone: (954) 467.1777
City: Fort Lauderdale
Location (map): S. Federal Hwy
Delivery: Yes
Outdoor seating: Yes
Lunch $: $6-$9 approx.
Dinner $: same

They offer a variety of subs and are notable for their delicious bread they bake to make each sandwich with.

Even though ordering is ultra fast, they do offer delivery.  You can often see the Jimmy John’s delivery cars whiz by the downtown area with the little advertisement on the top of their car.

Prices are decent and they do have a repeat customer card you can use to earn yourself a free sub once in awhile.

Todd’s Review of the Billy Club Sandwich:

Two Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches ready for consumptionToday I decided to get a “Giant Club Sandwich”, which later I compared to Brandon’s regular sized ($1 cheaper) sub and they are pretty much identical. The Billy Club has roast beef and smoked ham, complimented with provolone cheese, lettuce, Dijon mustard, mayo and tomato. As I always do, I removed the tomato. No need for those vile little things messing up my sub.

Jimmy John’s makes a solid sub that is better than most of it’s competitors. The sub roll is often the unsung hero of a good sandwich, and Jimmy John’s has a tasty recipe that is relatively moist giving a full bodied feeling. The main flavors coming from the sub are the deep flavors of the beef, not being overpowered by the mustard or mayo.

At 8″, this sized sub satisfies the typical American eater. I got a combo that included chips and a drink, but in reality, the sub by itself would be sufficient for my lunch. It’s a good size that won’t disappoint. The meat and ‘fixins’ aren’t exactly overflowing out of the sub, but it makes for a just right amount of everything. What’s most important to me is taste followed by volume. This sub scores well on both marks.

Is it the best sub in the area? No. I would argue that Firehouse Subs makes a slightly better sub as does Publix (believe it or not). A future trip to LaSpadas’s should help determine who has the best in the area. In a crowded south florida sandwich market, Jimmy John’s is one I would recommend however. Better than most, average pricing, quick and consistent service and a good tasting sub make for a winning combo.

Todd’s score: 82/100
Pro: Moist roll, meats taste good, good balance of toppings, subs travel well.
Con: I have to pack my own to go order, while good it is sort of ordinary.

Brandon’s Review of the Beach Club Sandwich:

Two Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches ready for consumptionToday I ordered the Beach Club sandwich which consisted of turkey, provolone, tomato, cucumber, avocado spread and mayonnaise (I had them hold the alfalfa sprouts). As a testament to their amazingly fast service, I kid you not that my sandwich was ready to go before I put my wallet back in my back pocket. Yes I was impressed.

Back at the office when it came time to eat the sandwich, I unwrapped it with great anticipation. It actually looked very good and comparable to the pictures on Jimmy John’s website and in the restaurant. (So many times the picture of the food looks nothing like what you actually receive). As expected based on the smell of the bread, the sandwich itself was delicious. The bread was crispy on the outside while maintaining an exceptional chewiness on the inside. As I ate the sub, I noticed the turkey and cheese sliding out the other end of the bread which made the sandwich look bigger than it actually was. The standard size sub that I ordered was plenty filling and quite satisfying.

Overall I enjoyed Jimmy John’s quite a lot and expect to be back there again many times in the days ahead. Given that Jimmy John’s is a sandwich chain I’ll compare them to other restaurant sandwich chains and as such I would place them in the following order:

1.) Tie – Jimmy John’s & Firehouse Subs

2.) Quiznos

3.) Subway

As we review more sandwich restaurants in the south florida/ft. lauderdale area, I expect this order may change.

Brandon’s score: 85/100
Pro: Delicious bread, unique menu options, price comparable to competition.
Con: Not a huge menu; Some people may find options bland

Todd’s review of the ClubTuna:

Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches - Club TunaTuna subs are a sinful guilty pleasure of mine.  38 grams of fat might be a little high, but ooooh, they taste so good.  Jimmy John’s made my sub in lightning speed.  By the time I picked the flavor of ships I was going to get, it was ready!

Getting back to the office, I noticed they added some gourmet touches with toppings like alphalpha sprouts, and a fresh provolone cheese that was abnormally rich (in a good way) which complimented this sub.  Though the photo only shows ‘the fixins’ piled on top, there was plenty of tuna underneath.

There tuna is very good, better than the subway tuna sub for sure.  Fresh bread that is consistent along with unique toppings, flavorful cheese and of course, tasty tuna make the difference.  It’s a good change of pace compared to the typical blend of meats most subs consist of.

Todd’s score: 84/100
Pros: Good tasting tuna sub with some unique toppings, made lighting quick!
Cons: Sorta pricey when you get chips and drink (combo) at $8.75

Todd’s Review of the Bootlegger Club Sandwich:

Jimmy John's - Bootlegger ClubThough I would try something new today.  The Bootlegger Club has turkey and roast beef, with some basic condiments like lettuce, provolone cheese and mayo.  A couple of bites in and I was already feeling a little lack-luster.

Having eaten so many subs recently that offer that extra something, this one is just too basic.  Meat and bread is about all you really taste as you go through the sub.  Looking above at my Billy Club review, perhaps that dijon mustard really makes the difference.  Firehouse makes a hot version of this sub that is really quite good.  I’ll have to review that one soon.

On the positive side the sub is a good size and you’ll be full after having eaten it, but this is one Jimmy John’s sandwich I would recommend skipping.

Jimmy Johns - Repeater Eater CardNot all is lost however, having ordered 2 subs today (I picked up one for Brandon as well), I got 2 stamps on my Repeater Eater Card, so that means 1 more sub and I’ve got a freebee on the way.  It sure takes awhile to get that free sub!

So, no high praise today, but good to know what works and what doesnt at Jimmy John’s.  I will also add that I came to Jimmy John’s at a busy time, but their staff was able to crank out my order very quickly which was very impressive.

Todd’s score: 62/100
Pros: Fills you up, meats have a good taste
Cons: Sub is just too basic.  Only flavors are from the meats, needs… something

Todd’s review of the Vito Italian Sandwich:

Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches - Vito Italian SubIn another attempt to find Jimmy John’s best sandwich, I quest and try something new.  As a lifelong fan of Italian subs, I finally give the “Vito” a try (their version of an Italian sub) which has “The original Italian sub with genoa salami, provolone, capicola, onion, lettuce, tomato & a real tasty Italian vinaigrette. (Hot peppers by request)”.

I got mine without tomato as I always do of course!

Unwrapping my sub I uttered a little ‘hmph’ sound wen inspecting the goodies within.  In a single word, I would describe my findings as ‘thin’.  The meats combined only were a few millimeters thick.

Taste-wise the sub was just okay.  It was a typical Italian sub but it was lacking in overall quality and taste.  Usually I get mustard and mayo on mine, but ordered “as is”, the sub doesn’t have either.  I should have inspected the toppings more closely when I ordered, as this may have made a big difference.  Lastly, the hot peppers I got were actually too strong for the sub, they overpowered it and I ended up picking most of them off.

Personally, my favorite Italian Sub is from Laspada’s and Publix.

With that said, my quest for the perfect Jimmy John’s sub will continue.  For now, I am content with some of the others I’ve reviewed already.

Todd’s Score: 73/100
Pros: decent toppings
Cons: Skimpy, peppers were overpowering, taste was a little lacking.

Waiting to order our subs at Jimmy John's The Jimmy John's Menu

Comments (14)

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I am a Jimmy John’s delivery driver at a Kansas Jimmy John’s. I’ve eaten more Jimmy John’s sandwiches than I can remember. I think the unsung heroes of the Jimmy John’s sandwich are the dijon and hot peppers. The peppers are strong, but I’ve grown to love them.

In your review of the bootlegger,your hunch was correct that if you add the dijon (and cheese, for 80 cents), it is tons better. Onions and oregano wouldn’t be a bad idea either, and all of that’s free. You really picked out the best sandwiches to review, those are basically all my favorites.

Some Jimmy John’s Fun Facts:
-the dijon is Grey Poupon, we get it in jars.
-the Tuna mix is hand made daily with Chicken of the Sea chunk tuna, kikkomon soy sauce, Hellmann’s mayonnaise, chopped celery and onions.
-As mentioned earlier, all subs are made with Hellmann’s mayonnaise
-The vinagrette is a mixture of vegetable oil, Heinz red wine vinegar, and salt.

We pride ourselves on being freaky fast and making delicious subs.

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Hmm is anyone else encountering problems with the images on this blog loading? I’m trying to determine if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog. Any responses would be greatly appreciated.

Isaias, no issues from what I can tell. The blog and the images render fine for me on various devices.

very disappointed I will continue with sub way half the price and better ingredients. sorry JJ

Some of Jimmy John’s subs are good and others are not. Many need ‘add-ons’ like mustard and onion in order to be brought up to par. Subway though is the walmart of subs. I wouldn’t cite better ingredients as a perk, but value perhaps because they are cheap. I’m not sure where you live, but there are amazing sub/hoagie places in the Lauderdale area…Laspada’s comes to mind quickly.

Tabasco is the missing Sauce…As far as not Eating the little Tomatoes You picky spoiled Little Bastard…Makes Your Opinion as Useless as Rubber Lips on a WoodPecker HaHaHaHaHa

JJ’s a Workingmans 1st Choice great Grub Bar None! i bring my own Tabasco the missing Sauce…As far as not Eating the little Tomatoes You spoiled Little Boy.Makes Your Opinion as Useless as Rubber Lips on a WoodPecker HaHaHaHaHa

JJs isn’t all bad. There are pros and cons. I never tried Tabasco (and I do love Tabasco) on a JJs sandwich. I think of Firehouse subs when I think of hot sauce on subs btw. For the record, Tomatoes are vile and only enjoyed when cooked or as salsa, smothered in seasonings to mask it’s bitter taste!

Smothered in TOBASCO Oh Sooooo Good 😉

Don’t even think about, skimpy sandwich for the money.
Nothing different about it, just a sandwich. Service is terrible and uninformed.

Why cant i subsitute smoked ham for more capicola on the Italian club ( on line) . The smokiness is overpowering on a Italian sandwich. Its all about the bread , thats why Subway keeps adding all different kinds. Jersey Mikes bread is way too crispy

I consider this ranking null & void , the sub comes with tomatoes , you eat the tomatoes . I hate that special order , flaky ( I don’t like it!) ,crap! Like eating with a bunch of 10 year olds!

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