I was positively thrilled to see that today's Chicago Tribune Good Eating section posted a review of Jimmy John's Subs in the Cheat Eats column. It is great to see that the large regional/national chains, who sling out bland, skimpy and uninspired sandwiches are finally getting the recognition they deserve in our local periodicals.
And it's about time that someone called out Jimmy John's for using a "thin, commercial guacamole spread" in their Beach Club, when the menu calls for "chunky guacamole". What a surprise it was for me to read that! Is it wrong for us to expect chunky guacamole from a chain restaurant? I think not. If you want chunky guacamole, go to a neighborhood tacqueria and dine in obscurity while the rest of us bask in the spotlight of Jimmy John's and Subway.
Buoyed with excitement over today's artful review of Jimmy John's, I say to hell with the legions of ethnic neighborhood establishments that for too long have provided cultural and culinary diversity in our fine city. Shame on them for serving authentic, carefully prepared and flavorful food, to a public that just wants to know where to get a $6 piece of flavorless bread scantly layered with the cheapest possible meats and underripe vegetables.
It's time that all of us forget about finding the best Dim Sum, and focus instead on understanding the difference between the Jimmy John's Sorry Charlie Tuna and the 6" Subway Tuna sandwich.
Now that the ice has been broken for our beloved Cheap Eats column, I've compiled a list of suggested establishments for the Trib to review in upcoming editions. And, FYI, I can assure you that all of them fit the critera espoused by Cheap Eats - "where to dine on less than $13 per entree":
3) Burger King
4) Taco Bell