Here is another dispatch from the land of sandwiches. I've been exploring new sandwich shops in Tacoma and Bonney Lake. This is day two of my four-day sandwich inquest. Have a new sandwich shop you want me to scope for you? E-mail email@example.com.
Sept. 25: Jimmy John's in Tacoma
Today: Jersey Mike's in Bonney Lake
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Tuesday: Puccini's Venetian Subs in Bonney Lake
Thursday: Midtown Deli & Espresso in Tacoma
Now for today's offering: Jersey Mike's Subs
The scoop: Clean, friendly chain sandwich shop. It doesn't appear they are trying too hard, but you get the sense that, yes, indeed, uh huh, you've wandered into a chain restaurant. Still, a friendly, clean place is a large improvement over sad and dirty.
Bread choices: White, wheat or wrap it.
MEAT! Man. They love to pile on meat. More meat than I could stomach in one sandwich. If you're looking for meat value, this is your sandwich spot.
We ate: We ordered a Jersey Mike's Famous Philly ($6.49; giant is $9.49) sans grilled onions and peppers and a double dose of meat. Note: you don't need to order double meat, even if you believe you need double meat.
The Grilled Reuben ($6.29; giant is $9.29) also came with a fair share of meat. Clearly, this place is doing an admirable job at artery clogging. Swiss cheese, sauerkruat and Thousand Island dressing made it a typical trip down Reuben lane.
The verdict: This is the place to go if you're a confirmed meatavore. Also, for the ratio of meat to bread, I'd say this sandwich shop is a great bargain. A regular sandwich for around $6 is a big lunch. I stretched my Reuben into lunch the next day.
Menu highlights: Cold subs, hot subs and wraps and a few soups and salads.
Next time: I'd try the Meatball and Cheese ($6.29/$9.29) or the Jersey Shore's Favorite ($4.19/$5.49/$8.49) with provolone, ham and cappacuolo.
Jersey Mike's Subs
Where: 21180 SR 410, Bonney Lake; 253-862-5111
Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.