Critic's star breakdown
- Food: 4 stars
- Service: 3.5
- Atmosphere: 3.5
- Overall: 3.5
The Grub Spouse and I hadn't done a sub shop in a while, and we saw that Jay's Subs in Farragut was doing one of those social coupon thingies, so I saw it as a chance to get some work done for half price. Can't beat that, right?
We were first in line for takeoff when we stopped in on a weeknight and spent a few minutes huddled underneath the overhead menu, studying the between-the-buns fare offered by this shop, which made its debut in Farragut last year. The menu is divided into cold subs, hot subs, wraps and light items.
The cold subs are all prepared "Jay's way," which means with onions, lettuce, tomatoes, red-wine vinegar, an olive oil blend and spices. The West Knox Favorite features provolone, ham and cappacuolo, while The American is just ham and provolone cheese. The Veggie is, as expected, a cheese-and-veggie-only option.
Other cold-sub ingredients include turkey breast, albacore tuna and roast beef. The Original Italian combines ham, prosciuttini, cappacuolo, salami and pepperoni in one giant meaty sodiumfest.
Hot subs include Jay's version of the Philly cheesesteak as well as a chipotle cheesesteak and a veggie-only Big Kahuna Cheese Steak. Meatball and cheese, chicken Parmesan and a grilled pastrami Reuben round out the hot selections. The Spouse chose the chicken Philly cheesesteak, which is made with peppers and onion like the traditional Philly but with chicken instead of steak.
I looked over the wraps, notably the Baja Chicken (topped with salsa and jalapenos) and the Chicken Caesar. I finally decided on the Buffalo chicken wrap, which, in addition to the Buffalo sauce, features melted American cheese, lettuce, tomato and blue cheese dressing.
Nibbling on chips and sipping on drinks, The Spouse and I passed time in conversation, TV glancing and briefly taking in the rather haphazard decor, a wall-mounted assortment of eclectic frameables reflecting sporting and patriotic themes.
Our orders were ready a few minutes later, and we unwrapped them from their butcher paper coverings and set about digging in. The Buffalo wrap wound up being a good selection. I thought the flavorings of American and blue cheeses and the spicy Buffalo sauce were present in balanced proportions, and the hot stuff itself gave my palate a kick without being too painful. For $5.95, I thought the portion size was fair, but I finished my wrap wishing I'd had more to nosh on.
The chicken Philly was also very good. The meat, veggie and cheese innards were outsized by the thickness of the bun, but it was still a good combination, and the bread was soft and fresh. The Spouse had ordered a small sandwich for $6.45, although a larger size is available for $10.95.
For dessert, we saw a rather unappealing cookie display case that contained only a couple of cookies and a lot of crumbs, so we passed on an after-dinner treat. But for those seeking satisfying subs out West, Jay's makes hot and cold grub that should be pleasing to the sandwich generation.
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