Review: The Vito from Jimmy John’s
Well, it’s time to put a wrap on my first year of blogging; a year filled with interesting experiences to say the least, from being amazed that over a thousand people read my first review on the first day to being amazed that anyone read my first review because it was of a Hot Dog from Target. I learned a lot of new words, like blogosphere and foodie. I met a lot of people, both online, and in person; people with weird names like Marvo and people with weird interests like Mr. Baconpants. I traveled all the way to Denny’s HQ in South Carolina just to try their bacon and explored foods much closer to home by asking What the Street Eats. What will year two of blogging bring from Murray?
Well, I’ve decided to start out the new year by getting back to the basics. Rather than floundering all over the fast food world, looking for new adventures, I’m going to follow the oldest rule of literature: write what you know. Most of the items I reviewed in 2011 were things I was trying for the first time or were at least new versions of old standby’s. As much as I like to try new things, like anybody, I fall back to a predictable routine on most days. I like to call it my rotation. Amongst this circle of consistency is the #5 at Jimmy John’s. Known also as, The Vito.
The Vito from Jimmy John’s:
The original Italian sub with genoa salami, provolone, capicola, onion, lettuce, tomato & a real tasty Italian vinaigrette. (Hot peppers by request)
I’m not really sure what a “Vito” is. For all I know it’s a slur against Italians, but what I do know is that it’s my favorite sub sandwich on the market.
Why is it my favorite? Let me count the ways:
1. Sub bread that knows what a sub sandwich bread is supposed to be. It should have a crusty outer layer, with a soft, chewy interior. Not this soft all the way through loaf of bread you get at Subway or some sort of deli roll they throw at you at other places. The sub bread also has a hinged side which stays together; an important component for grubbing on the go. This is sub sandwich bread, by the book.
2. No mayo. I’m not particularly averse to mayo, but it seems like most places can’t get the dosage right. Whether on a burger or on a sub, it’s either way too much or not nearly enough. Unless I’m at home, applying my own mayo, I tend to avoid it. Plus, I know where my mayo’s been. I know it hasn’t been sitting out for days on end. This particular sub works great without mayo; just a little salad oil.
3. Bread to toppings to meat ratio. The bread, fixin’s and meat work in concert. None is more dominant that the other. I don’t get sick of any one element halfway through the sandwich.
4. Speed. JJ’s advertises “Subs so Fast You’ll Freak” and they deliver (pun intended). I don’t normally order them for delivery, so I won’t speak to any experience in that department, but my in-store experiences are always great and consistent from store to store. Oftentimes, the person at the counter asks me what I’d like before I’m within normal talking distance. Also, the person standing next to them, making the sandwiches is listening in and starts your sandwich before it’s even rung up. Sometimes, if it’s not busy, the guy at the end of the assembly line will hand me my sandwich as I’m putting my change back in my wallet.
5. Hot peppers are a standard option. The menu suggests ordering the sandwich with hot peppers. I take this advice most of the time (some days I’m not feeling as spicy as others) and these add a nice dimension without overpowering the sub.
6. Limited decisions. As I mentioned, I will often opt-in for hot peppers, but the rest of the sandwich is just made for you. I don’t have to pick and choose this or that. JJ’s figured out what goes well with this sandwich and put it on the sub. End of story. If I go to the flower shop, they don’t ask me to choose from 27 different flowers. They put together some arrangements and I find one I like. OK, there’s probably more reasons I could come up with, but this is the internet and online attention spans wain quickly. I’ll wrap up by admitting that this sandwich does have some vulnerability. I’ve had it be a little heavy on the onions and while the meats and cheese hold their own, they certainly aren’t top of the line.
Pros: Sub bread the way it should be. Freaky Fast. Solid, no frills sub. Hot pepper option is a nice addition.
Cons: Onions can be powerful. Not Jared-diet approved. "Meh" meats and cheese.
Grubbing on-the-go: 9.50/10
Price: $4.65 sandwich alone, $7.80 w/Chips and Pop
Overall GrubGrade: 8.50/10
More Info: JimmyJohns.com