Review: The J.J. Gargantuan from Jimmy John’s

My thought process when driving to my local Jimmy John’s the other day was “I’ve got to revisit the bacon”.  Recent comments on our Bacon Poll post had put my mind on going with the Club Lulu.  I blame my incredible hunger that day for ending up with the J.J. Gargantuan.  I just couldn’t pass up getting the biggest and most expensive sandwich on the Jimmy John’s menu.  In the past, I had considered it and cowered away in fear that it would actually live up to its name and I’d feel like a sloth for the next six hours.  Fear not, the J.J. Gargantuan was nothing to bow down to.

Jimmy John’s describes the J.J. Gargantuan like this:

This sandwich was invented by Jimmy John’s brother Huey. It’s huge enough to feed the hungriest of all humans! Tons of genoa salami, sliced smoked ham, capicola, roast beef, turkey & provolone, jammed into one of our homemade French buns then smothered with onions, mayo, lettuce, tomato, & our homemade Italian dressing.

In full disclosure, I like Jimmy John’s from time to time, but I spend months in between visits because I rarely ever crave it.  With every other option I’ve gone with at JJ’s, I’m always left with the feeling that there was something missing.  The J.J. Gargantuan is my favorite in their lineup of sandwiches up to this point and it might have me considering a more regular visit.   Even though I came into the sandwich shop in the hunt for bacon, I left with nearly everything but the bacon.  I didn’t miss the bacon in this case and I felt there was just enough going on between the French sub roll to leave me satisfied and not seeking out that one elusive ingredient. The J.J. Gargantuan is a solid cold-cut sandwich and incorporates a nice variety of meats from the salty (salami and capicola), the slightly sweet (ham) and the hearty (roast beef) while the neutral turkey cuts through the flavors a bit to balance the ingredients out.  The provolone is the perfect mild cheese for a sandwich like this and made all the parts work to really complete the package.  The application of lettuce, raw onions and tomato is put on in a way that has you noticing their presence via textures, but not at all impactful in flavor.

I love how Jimmy John’s sandwiches seem to be held together so well, and a big thanks goes to the French roll and the hinged side.  The exterior  is faintly crusty, but not at all dried out while on the inside you’ve got a more delicate chew.  All too often I encounter sub rolls where it’s pretty similar from top to bottom (Subway), but not with Jimmy John’s.  The ratio of meats, cheese and fixins seem to work better with the J.J Gargantuan than any of my previous Jimmy’s sandwich experiences.  The Italian dressing could have been applied a tad more liberally and it’s the one ingredient I felt needed some extra kick.

At $8.15, the J.J. Gargantuan is priced OK.  It’s a filling enough sandwich, but not as impressive as it wants to claim it is.  When adding in a bag of chips and drink, you’re looking at a meal hovering well over the $10 mark and it doesn’t seem all that worth it at that point.  As far as fast-casual options go, the J.J. Gargantuan does fit the average price I’d expect to pay, but I’d be willing to drop a couple more bucks to actually be impressed with the size.

Pros: French roll. Balance of flavors and ingredients. Freaky fast, clocked the order to pickup time at just shy of 90-seconds. I like the name

Cons: Needs more Italian dressing. Should be renamed "Son of J.J. Gargantuan" so a true giant sandwich can be put on the menu. I always have to ask for my sandwich to be cut in half. Sodium and a bunch of other big numbers.

Taste: 7.75/10
Value: 6.25/10
Price: $8.15

Overall GrubGrade: 7.75/10

More Info: JimmyJohns.com
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 988
Total Fat - 54 grams
Saturated Fat - 13
Cholesterol - 167 milligrams
Sodium - 2893 milligrams
Carbs - 54 grams
Dietary Fiber - 1 grams
Protein - 66 grams

27 comments on “Review: The J.J. Gargantuan from Jimmy John’s

  1. Adam Bomb says:

    Wow. There has been a JJ’s in my town for a couple months now, and I’ve had no desire to go there. Everyone I know says the subs are small and nothing special. But this review, and these pics… I’m sold! I’ll see if my gf will split one with me.

  2. ljay says:

    I like JJ’s and every time I see a review I’m perplexed as to why I don’t go there more often. That subs looks good.

    We have a Firehouse Subs going in about 2 minutes from my front door. IMO, they have some good subs but you have to eat them in because they get soggy quick. JJ’s is a good sub on the run.

  3. Josh says:

    I first became a Jimmy John’s fan back at Purdue University (coming in to Indiana, JJ’s seemed to hit the college towns first). You could easily walk to their location if you were on campus, and delivery to the dorms took as little as 5 to 10 minutes. The roast beef or italian sub are fallbacks, but a Gargantuan always seemed to hit the spot. Now that I see the nutritional info, I’m shocked I didn’t put on more weight than the freshman 15 (and sophomore 10, and junior 15). God bless high metabolisms and being too thin at the start of college ;)

  4. BK says:

    Fail to see the appeal in JJ subs…they’ve always disappointed in the three times I’ve gone. The only plus of their establishment is the prep time. No meat and all bread…I can see why they’re prepped fast.

    Firehouse Subs has been for the past two years my favorite sub place to go to, for the past two years. Love them.

  5. BK says:

    Also Ryan, beings you’re from Frederick like me, nothing beats AKA Friscos. :)

  6. john smoke says:

    jeez that amount of sodium is enough to kill you!!

  7. Smokey McGreene says:

    Too funny, I just had one of these for lunch.

    To make this sandwich more enjoyable take off the tomatoes and add Dijon mustard. Request extra Italian dressing or some on the side. Hot peppers are a must.

    My Grad school is in a somewhat low income area. Our “garg” sets at 7.25$ which is a fair price. Peppers are also free! Drink water and you have a under 8$ lunch which will keep you full past dinner. I’ll probably just have a piece of fruit and a beer for dinner and be set.

  8. SmoledMan says:

    This sandwich wasn’t filling enough? What are you 7 feet tall?

    • Ryan says:

      Haha… it was filling, but with a name like “Gargantuan” I guess I was expecting more. I was fully anticipating eating half and saving the other half for later. Maybe I was just extra hungry. I’m 5ft 11″ 170 pounds.

      • SmoledMan says:

        Portions these days are just humongous. I went to a Greek style cafe to get a mousaka, and that thing was enough food for 4 people!

  9. Chris W says:

    Gargs are amazing. I get a Garg Unwich whenever I’m drunk cuz there’s a Jimmy John’s downtown.

  10. Athena says:

    lol at are you 7 feet tall. Bread looks good!

  11. Royal says:

    My favorite Garg customization is no mayo add hots. The mayo just gets lost with all the meat and the Italian dressing, and hot peppers are always awesome.

  12. SkippyMom says:

    I think the idea of a beer and a piece of fruit shows promise for dinner. giggle

  13. F. Michael says:

    I’m from NY/NJ and used reside in Palm Beach County, Florida. Loved Jimmy John’s delivery, so fast, so yummy (the Vito)! I loved Firehouse even more, but it was further away. Firehouse Italian subs are amazing!

  14. lauramich says:

    At 29 weeks pregnant (read: not supposed to have cold cuts unless they’ve been thoroughly heated first), my go-to Jimmy John’s sandwich is the gourmet vegetarian, on 7-grain, no mayo. Much more satisfying than any other cold veggie sub/sandwich. (But then, my previous go-to was the Beach Club, same sandwich but with turkey.)

    I’ve been in love with their 7-grain bread for so long, I’ve considered buying some day-old because I think it would be perfect for a peanut-butter-banana sandwich.

    Teh Husband always gets the Gargantuan, with cucumber and avocado added.

  15. JF says:

    Hey Ryan!

    I made a comment on the bacon results post. You mentioned in your comments about trying Club Lulu.

    I appreciate the review (do not like Salami). But I still don’t get the JJ kick. They are fast (and I am outside of all of their deliver zones) but I just don’t get why people think they are so much better than everyone else.

    Sure, I think they are better than Subway and Quiznos (who keep seem to keep closing shops near me).

    But I prefer Firehouse Subs or Jersey Mike’s. The former I belive is pretty limited, state wise. I think JM is pretty much in the same boat, but their prices are higher than most, if not all, of the local competition.

    I’ll try JJ again, but aside from the “speed” (Freaky Fast – all of their commercials) I still don’t get why people are so fond of them.

    Thanks for the review. If I could get the same sandwich, minus the salami, that would be tasty (to me).

    No offense to JJ lovers, but I still can’t get why so many people seem to be so fond of them.

  16. F. Michael says:

    @ JF, my fondness of Jimmy John’s is based on me usually having subpar sandwiches (Subway) when I was younger. So that was my go to. Now that I’m older (23), subway no longer cuts it. Therefore Jimmy John’s delivers super fast and tastes better, fresher and most importantly doesn’t base all thier meat on turkey (I never eat turkey not even on Thanksgiving and never will).

    Nothing beats a fresh seeded baked Italian hero with prosciutto di parma, cured capicola, maybe some ham, sweet/hot sopressata salami, fresh mozzarella, arugula, roasted red peppers, tomatoe, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a couple napkins!!!

  17. CulinaryZerg says:

    I’m guessing the reason Ryan didn’t think the JJG was giant, and the reason that he often has the feeling that something is missing is what people here have mentioned–JJ is all bread and sparse on meat.

    Their normal subs have a paper-thin layer of meat and cheese, compensated by a TON of mayo and lettuce. It’s still pretty tasty, because the bread is good and the meats/cheeses are of good quality (even if skimpily applied). It does blow away Subway, which is most people’s point of reference.

  18. Gasser says:

    I had the munchies earlier ordered 2 of them BadBoys…Brought my own Tabasco with…DELISH…Not as Good as a Cousins Sub outta Wis Con Sin but here in Az it’s a Quick Fix 4 a Grub Grab…TaTa

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