Like the rest of the crew here, I enjoy a good sammich. Places to get a submarine / hero / hoagie sandwich are a dime a dozen, but one of my absolute favorites is Jimmy John's. The chain started out in the original Nerd Lunch stomping ground of Central Illinois and expanded, first to college campuses in the Midwest and then all around the country. Franchises are not quite nationwide at this point, but it won't be long before they will have blanketed the lower 48.
The odd thing about Jimmy John's is that I can't point to one reason why I enjoy their sandwiches so much. Most people order straight off the menu without any customization, there's no oven toasting, and no hand dipped milkshakes or specialty items on the side. What they do offer is relatively simple sandwiches served up quickly and for what I consider to be a reasonable price. Perhaps simplicity plus quality still amounts to a winning formula.
So here's to you, Jimmy John Liautaud. I hear you're a difficult man to work for, but you make mighty fine sammiches.
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