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Jimmy John's in KOP

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Jimmy John's in KOP

FelafelBoy | May 28, 2009 08:16 PM

A new sub sandwich shop opened in King of Prussia recently - in the same small plaza off 202 that Acme is in. As a matter of fact, it's the second sub shop that opened in that location - the other one was Subway (no longer there).

Jimmy John's is supposedly a franchise operation with restaurants elsewhere.

Today was its grand opening and was selling a variety of six sandwiches for $!.
They were pretty crowded all day.

My review - for one dollar, I am grateful for what they gave me. No comparison to Subway or most other places. The sandwiches I had were very plain and without much taste. What I liked most about the sandwiches were the fresh vegetables - the shredded iceberg lettuce was very crisp, the alfalfa sprouts (yes, many of their sandwiches contain sprouts) were very fresh and very plentiful, and the cucumbers and tomatoes also tasted freshly cut.

The turkey slices were of good quality but in small quantity in the sandwich (contrast this with the amount you would get from the sub shop in Wayne/Paoli called John's).
The vegetarian sub contains a nice mixture of items including provolone cheese, cucumber, tomato, lettuce and sprouts and a SMALL dab of avocado spread. The avocado amount is ridiculously small.

The bread is your typical airy Amaroso type refined white flour kind - it was fresh, but vastly inferior to the bread at Subway. Jimmy John's uses Hellman's mayo so at least they don't skimp there.

In short, there is alot of food in the subs, but it is mostly lettuce.

Several annoyances - unlike Subway where all food prepration is out in the open for the customer to see, JJ has this cover that blocks the customer from seeing how his sandwich is put together and what the ingredients look like before they are put on a sandwich. Subs were given out to customers simply wrapped - not placed in any other bag, and no effort was to include napkins - the customer had to remind himself to get a napkin. Music in the place was on loud and was appropriate for a very younger crowd.

Unlike Subway, these subs contained little taste in the way of spice - you have to ask for the addition of flavor such as oregano. Without seeing how my sandwich was assembled, I didn't know what was being added or not added UNTIL I OPENED UP MY SANDWICH.

As I said, for one dollar, I will keep my complaining to a minimum.

If a person has a few extra dollars. I'd think they'd be much better off getting more substantial food next door at the Baja Grill. The normal price of these subs is not cheap, and does not match the quality of ingredients used. Lettuce and cucumber are not that expensive. The price probably goes towards the sprouts.

If I was hungry and wanted a sub, I'd rather spend an extra dollar and get a larger amount of tuna, turkey, or avocado in my sandwich at another place.

I wonder - if Subway couldn't make it in this location, why would/should this place?
The use of sprouts?

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