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Restaurant Wed Feb 16 2011

An Old Chicago Classic: Mr. Submarine


For over 35 years, Mr. Submarine, also known as Mr. Sub, has been satisfying the appetites of Chicagoan and Suburbanites alike.

First opened in 1975 in the Old Chicago amusement park/shopping mall in Bolingbrook, this classic sandwich shop is still holding strong despite competition from all of the gourmet and other fancy-sounding sandwiches that have become popular these days -- Potbelly, Quiznos and Jimmy John's, to name a few.

What is so special about these classic submarine sandwiches? The bread, onions and oil. Although Mr. Sub owners brag about the freshness of their "bread, meats and vegetables", there is a delicious mystery to the Turano bread they use. The onions add a zesty twang to the fresh flavor and the "secret" oil tops it off.

Mr. Sub offers high quality food at prices considerably lower than their competitors. Their low prices do not equal low quality. In fact, it seems to mean that hardworking people can actually afford to treat themselves to a tasty deal without busting their budget.

Tasty sandwiches and low prices are not the only things that lure the customers back. Mr. Sub's selection of soups and salads as well as their customer service are also very appealing. Value meals and customer loyalty programs are offered at some locations.

And if you really savor the flavor of Mr. Sub, you can buy your own franchise.

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beer:30 / February 17, 2011 3:45 PM

There are a variety of Mr.Sub sandwiches on the food truck that stops down the block from my west side office every day. Three bucks for a sub!! Tuna salad is tops - add some sliced pickled jalapenos on there and heat for a few minutes in the break room toaster oven [mmmm...toasty bread] and suddenly work doesn't suck so much.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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