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.
Overall GrubGrade: 7.75/10
More Info: JimmyJohns.com
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