Eater’s Digest

Posted: Tuesday, January 03, 2006



You could describe Jersey Subs as just a sandwich shop, but that would be like calling the Mona Lisa just a painting.

It just doesn’t capture the essence.

Located in Soldotna, miles away from the Garden State, this savory sandwich eatery will make you feel like you’ve been transported. One step in the front door and the aroma of authentic Italian will leave you looking over your shoulder to make sure Fat Tony or some other Atlantic City mobster isn’t going to “whack” you for cutting him in line.

Quite often those sweet smells can be attributed to a fresh made Bossio — Jersey Subs’ flagship sandwich.

This mouth-watering, hand-held wonder features white bread that is lightly crisp on the outside, and soft, but not chewy, on the inside. It comes packed with cold cuts including: provolone cheese, salami, pepperoni, capicola and ham so thin it melts in your mouth. Fresh vegetables, such as lettuce, onion, tomato, wax banana peppers and pepperocinis are added. Then, the whole ensemble is hit with some spices and oil and vinegar to finish it off.

For those looking for something a bit saucier, you may think about the Fallon’s meatball hoagie — another example in the art of sandwich making. This bad boy also comes on white bread and is generously loaded with large meatballs. These aren’t just rolled balls of hamburger either, but huge Italian-spiced meatballs slathered, but not drowned, in marinara sauce and finished with melted Provolone cheese and a healthy sprinkling of parmesan cheese.

Whether it’s one of these two subs, or another of the numerous other mini, 10-inch or 20-inch hoagie options available, the service always seems friendly and speedy enough for the old “badda-boom, badda-bing.”

However, don’t think because you popped in-and-out for a sandwich, that you can eat one on the drive home. These masterpieces call for a “sit down” and usually a few of the six or seven tables are open allowing you to soak in the gritty, anti-chain atmosphere the Jersey’s exudes with pictures and wall clippings from local newspapers about a variety of events and athletic teams that the business sponsors annually.

For those who are in too much of a hurry to sit and eat, at least wait until you get home to open the sandwich. Other wise, trust me when I say you’ll be wearing most of it. I’ve learned from firsthand experiences.

Whatever you decide, though, Jersey Subs make huge, deeply satisfying hoagies that will leave you so full, you’ll feel like a “made man.”

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