The first Jersey Mike's Subs started in 1956, on the Jersey Shore, then went national and that is why we get the benefit of a particular regional style of good eats, right here in the Antelope Valley. There are now three locations to serve you, so you will be able to get your sub craving on even faster. Keep your eyes open for their fourth location, coming soon.

Jersey Mike’s satisfies those cravings with hot and cold submarine sandwiches, wraps and salads, which are nice, fresh and healthy. You can also make any sub into a salad — it’s called "sub in a tub.”

The crew at Jersey Mike's Subs prides themselves on their "history of good taste" and that means they only serve certified Angus beef — top rounds that are trimmed and cooked in the store. The meats and cheeses are premium quality and, of course, sliced fresh right in front of you. The bread is just heaven and comes in several varieties: White, wheat, rosemary parmesan and gluten-free. It's freshly baked every day, on the premises, and you get to see everything prepared in front of you.

My companion and I walked into their newest location, on Valley Central Way in Lancaster and immediately got a warm greeting. We checked out the menu on the wall and chose quite a few different subs to get a true taste of all they offer. Who am I kidding? We were hungry and couldn’t make up our minds and everything looked fabulous, so we went for the gusto. I have listed them by number in no particular order, as each one was equally amazing.

#2 Jersey Shore's Favorite, with provolone, ham and capicola on a white roll. We ordered it "Mike's way” with onions, lettuce, tomatoes and "the juice." Let me say a word about the "juice." This red wine vinegar and olive oil blend is a drizzle of “dang!” It's what puts the above in the sub — just like their trademark — “A Sub Above.” This “juice” is a little bit of heaven, too, especially once you add the spices. It’s the most memorable flavor ever and you will be craving it over and over again. Our sandwich was absolutely out of this world and the combination of meat and cheese, along with the toppings, was delicious.

#17 Jersey Mike's Famous Philly, which comes with grilled onions and peppers and cheese. I asked to just have the grilled onions and then added mayo and tomatoes on the parmesan bread. Wow! It’s famous and delicious, with a terrific mix of onions, meat and cheese that made it a real Philly. The cheese was melted all the way through for an amazing taste. If you want even more flavor, you can order the Big Kahuna, which is the same as The Famous Philly, only with mushrooms, jalapeños and extra cheese added. 

#20 Grilled Pastrami Reuben — Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and thousand island dressing. We enjoyed this little gem on white — and what a gem it was. While not your typical reuben (corned beef with all the trimmings on rye), I found it to be even better. The thousand island dressing is what put this sub over the top, as it was flavorful and blended nicely with the pastrami and Swiss. As soon as I sunk my teeth into this sub, I knew I was in for a treat. Of course, I didn’t let on to my companion how delicious it really was, until I pretty much finished the entire sandwich. Luckily for me, he was already on to the next sub.

#15 Meatball and Cheese — Melted Provolone, tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese on a rosemary parmesan roll. This was another hit, as I have just recently started enjoying meatballs — and these didn’t disappoint. There were plenty of well-seasoned, tasty meatballs stacked on top of the cheese with a generous amount of delicious sauce that had a hint of sweetness and were sprinkled with parmesan cheese. We shared half and then wrapped up the other half for lunch on Monday.

If you are thinking, “That was quite a bit,” you are absolutely correct. However, it didn’t stop there. We added one last sub, only we had it put in a tub. The menu stated that the tuna was made fresh on the premises and tuna being something that both of us enjoy, we couldn’t leave without trying it. I’m so happy that we did, as it was incredible. A very moist and creamy heaping mound of tuna topped the lettuce, with a row of tomatoes on top. I would describe this as tuna heaven with a side of tomato.

Jersey Mikes offers a large wide variety of hot and cold sandwiches such as the American Classic, ham and provolone; the Super Sub with provolone, ham, prosciottini and cappacuolo and the Famous Roast Beef and Provolone. And, then of course there is the Chipotle 

Cheese Steak, Bacon Ranch Chicken Cheese Steak, Buffalo Chicken Cheese Steak and last but certainly not least, the Club Supreme with roast beef, turkey, Swiss, bacon and mayo.  

Is your mouth watering yet?

Add chips and a drink to make it a combo. Dine inside with cool air conditioning on a hot summer's day or outside on the patio when the heat breaks. The atmosphere is fun, with bouncy, upbeat music and photos nostalgic of that storied Jersey Shore.

However, you don’t have to visit a store to enjoy their subs. Jersey Mike's catering is the ultimate crowd pleaser — whether it’s an office luncheon, friends getting together or a party in your home. Choose from the wide variety of subs I have listed above, signature wraps, salads, fresh-baked cookies and gourmet brownies. Your order will arrive ready to serve, complete with plates, utensils and napkins.

Jersey Mike’s newest location is at 44418 Valley Central Way, Lancaster. They can be reached at 661-471-8781.There are other locations at 1006-A Commerce Center Dr., 661-945-8855 and in Palmdale at 39604 10th St. West, 661-267-1515. Bon appetit!

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