I am immediately smitten with any sub shop that offers a Veggie Head something more than a sub with just lettuce, tomato and onions. A lot of places overlook those of us who don’t eat meat and offer measly hoagies with whatever ingredients or toppings they have left over.
Larry’s Giant Subs does specialize in meat-based sandwiches like pastrami and corned beef or the Philly Cheesesteak. However, it took me a long time just to order a veggie sub here because I was offered a list of veggies to choose from for my sub. Shredded carrots, sautéed mushrooms, grilled onions, black olives, banana peppers, green peppers in addition to the traditional lettuce, tomatoes and pickles were all offered to me (and I am sure there were others- this is just a list of what I ordered.) Then you go into a variety of mayos, mustards and sauces to choose from. Oy. Talk about customizing your order.
I loved my sandwich. The bread is apparently shipped from Costanzo’s Bakery in Buffalo, NY. I am not at all familiar with Costanzo’s. I Googled them and found out they have been serving Western New York since 1933 with sandwich and submarine rolls.
Now the Larry’s theme kind of confuses me. The store I was at in Five Points Jacksonville had a New York theme. But not a Western New York theme, it was more like a scene straight out of New York City. Pictures of the city and subway signs hung on the wall. There was no indication of anything out of Buffalo, so why are the rolls from there? I only ask because it would be like ordering rolls from Amaroso’s in Philly and then hanging pictures of the Pittsburgh skyline on the walls.
Anyway, Chad ordered a tuna sub. He didn’t get the 50 questions of what toppings he wanted. His sandwich came with lettuce, tomato and onions. Though he still liked it, there wasn’t anything really special about it. Next time we know to ask for more of the veggie toppings I was offered.
However, doing a little research on their website I learned that they don’t use the typical generic-food-distributor-brand of products like 99% of any other sub shop in the United States. Larry’s uses brands like Chicken Of The Sea and Hellmans. Does this mean better quality? Not necessarily but at least they offer products the public generally seems to like better and is more familiar with.
Larry’s Giant Subs, though based in Jacksonville, has more than 60 locations in 4 states from Austin, TX to Central Florida to the Charleston, SC area. Find the location nearest you on the Larry’s Giant Subs website.