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23 Best Subs And Sandwiche Restaurants

Subs and sandwiches are a classic, timeless food that everyone loves. They have long been a go-to for satisfying a quick hunger fix or lunch break. Sure, the classic PB&J is an obvious favorite, but you can also indulge in a variety of other creations made from various combinations of meats, cheeses, and spreads.


Sub sandwiches (which are also referred to as hoagies, grinders, and heroes) have a fascinating history. They originate from the Italian immigrant markets that were held in Philadelphia back in the early 1900s. These sandwiches initially consisted of cold cuts, cheese and vegetables on thick slices of bread. 


In World War II, submarine sandwich shops began to spring up around the United States as military personnel wanted similar sandwiches that were served on submarines. Shipyard workers also adopted this meal since it was portable and easy to eat on-the-go. By the 1970s, regional chains began to franchise the submarine sandwich; today this widespread eatery continues to thrive with endless options for fillings and sauces.


Nowhere is this truer than in the world of tourism, where subs and sandwiches can serve as convenient and delicious meals for on the go. Foodies, too, will appreciate the endless possibilities for flavor combinations that can be achieved when creating a sandwich or sub. From traditional BLTs to less conventional but equally tasty creations, like a falafel wrap, subs and sandwiches can satisfy all kinds of cravings!


For those looking to try something unique in their sandwich advantures, deli meats like smoked ham or bresaola boast incredible flavors. You can also mix it up with flavored breads like jalapeno cheddar or even sushi rice. The possibilities offered with subs and sandwiches are truly endless; let your imagination run wild! 

The following list is ordered by popularity.

  1. Subway


    Subway is a hugely popular chain of American fast-food stores, that serves filled sandwiches, salads, and wraps.

  2. Cheba Hut

    Cheba Hut

    Cheba Hut Toasted Subs, or Cheba Hut for short, is far from your normal fast food restaurant. It is a cannabis-themed chain of restaurants, that uses the best ingredients to create toasted sandwiches which are the perfect cure for the munchies. Cheba is a term synonymous with marijuana, hence the name Cheba Hut.

  3. Jimmy Johns

    Jimmy Johns

    Jimmy Johns is a popular American chain of sandwich shops, which specialises in fresh sandwiches, which use the best ingredients. The company uses fresh vegetables in their sandwiches, and instead of pre-sliced meats, they hand-slice cheese and meats daily, in each and every store. They also bake their bread fresh all day every day.

  4. Jack In The Box

    Jack In The Box

    Jack in the Box is a fast food restaurant chain that primarily serves sandwiches and tacos.

  5. Capriottis


    Capriottis is a popular chain of American sandwich shops serving fast food in a casual setting.

  6. Blimpie


    In 1964, Angelo Baldassare, Tony Conza, and Peter DeCarlo, three high school buddies, started Blimpie in Hoboken, New Jersey. The three friends were employed at a nearby deli when they conceived of opening their sub-store. They took inspiration from a well-known comic strip character when they named their store Blimpie.

  7. Port Of Subs

    Port Of Subs

    While it’s easy to get in the habit of grabbing sandwiches at your local deli or corner store, it can be refreshing to try something different every now and again. There is an extensive Port of Subs menu that gives you more sandwich options than you’d think possible. Boasting dozens of different sandwich options, you’ll be sure to find one that tickles your fancy.

  8. Charleys Philly Steaks

    Charleys Philly Steaks

    Charleys Philly Steaks is a popular chain of restaurants that specialize in - yes you guessed it - Philly cheesesteaks. The company is known for its grills which face the customer, so customers in each and every Charley's store can see their food being cooked right in front of them.

  9. Quiznos


    Once considered the second-largest submarine sandwich restaurant chain in North America, Quiznos' first restaurant opened in Denver, Colorado, in 1981. Quiznos founder Jimmy Lambatos believed that the food you serve at any restaurant (even a fast-food one) should taste great and be prepared with high-quality and authentic ingredients. Even though the fast-food Quiznos chain grew to almost 5,000 locations at its peak in 2007, today there are only 166 Quiznos locations in the United States, 19 of which are in California. 

  10. Cousins Subs

    Cousins Subs

    Located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Cousins subs is a sandwich shop founded in 1972 by cousins Bill Specht and Jim Sheppard. It was originally named Cousins Submarines, and sequels to its expansion into sandwiches bear the name it is known for today. As of October 2019, this company had over 100 locations for the sale of its products. It generally operates in the Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin areas. 

  11. Pita Pit

    Pita Pit

    When you think of fast food, you do not traditionally think of something healthy and good for you, with vast customization options. Pita Pit offers a healthy solution for fast food, with the ability to tailor the food to your tastes.

  12. Firehouse Subs

    Firehouse Subs

    Firehouse Subs is a very popular chain of sandwich stores, primarily based in the United States. Each Firehouse Subs store is packed full of firefighting memorabilia, and each store has a hand-drawn and pained custom mural. The firefighting theme also comes across in the name of many of the subs on the Firehouse Subs menu.

  13. Jersey Mikes Subs

    Jersey Mikes Subs

    Jersey Mikes Subs is a popular chain of sub-stores, which has grown to have over 2,300 stores. The company serves its subs ready to order, slicing meats and cheeses in front of the customers as and when it is needed.

  14. Portillos


    Portillo’s is an American fast casual restaurant that focuses on hot dogs, burgers and other types of sandwiches with a focus on Chicago-style recipes. Their most famous item is their Chicago-style hot dog.

  15. Potbelly


    Potbelly was founded in 1977 when the first store opened in Chicago by Peter Hastings and his wife. It wasn’t until Bryan Keil purchased Potbelly in 1996 that the company started expanding into new stores and new states. When Hasting bought Potbelly it has just one store, today the company has nearly 500 stores across the United States.

  16. Mcalisters Deli

    Mcalisters Deli

    McAlister's deli is one of the best restaurants of American origin founded in the United States in the town of Oxford Mississippi by Don Newcomb in 1989. It is an industrial chain restaurant that has successfully established itself in several countries around the world.

  17. Schlotzskys


    Schlotzskys is a mouthful of a name, which fits well with the company’s signature sandwiches which provide a mouthful of flavor in every bite.

  18. Penn Station

    Penn Station

    Penn Station's origin can be traced back way back in 1983 when Jeff Osterfeld, an owner of "Jeffreys Delicatessen" developed an ownership mentality. His experience in handling the store with an emphasis on excellent product quality, responsive customer service, and efficient sales inspired the start of Penn Station. When Jeff was on a trip to Philadelphia, he was amazed at how many people craved the cheesesteak sandwich. This trip prompted Jeff to add a variation of the Philadelphia Cheesesteak sandwich to his deli menu.

  19. Runza


    Previously known as Runza Drive-Inn and Runza Hut, Runza is a fast food chain in the United States. Everything began with a dream of two brothers, Sarah “Sally” Everett and Alex Brening, who decided to found a restaurant to sell sandwiches filled with beef, onions, cabbage, and delicious sauces. This way, Sally and Alex started the first local restaurant in Lincoln (Nebraska) in 1949.

  20. Showmars


    Showmars is a fast food restaurant that began with the dream of a Greece immigrant that arrived with his parents in the United States. George Couchell worked in the family’s restaurant while he studied at Duke University. After that, he decided to found his restaurant in Monroe (North Carolina) in 1982.

  21. Which Wich

    Which Wich

    If you’re looking for more than just sandwiches when you’re out on the town with friends, then Which Wich Superior Sandwiches may be the place you want to visit before heading out to see a movie or grab drinks. With its friendly staff, quality ingredients, and variety of sides and sauces, you won’t leave hungry – or disappointed!

  22. Togos


    Togo's or also known as Togo's Sandwiches is a chain of sandwich restaurants with over 200 locations in the United States, primarily found on the West Coast. The sandwich joint offers a simple menu, specializing in big sub sandwiches that are full of flavor but at low prices. Aside from sandwiches, Togo's also offers salads, wraps, soups, cookies, and a catering menu.

  23. Miami Subs

    Miami Subs

    Miami Subs Grill is a popular chain of restaurants which has been serving a wide menu to customers for over 30 years.

No matter your dietary preference—including gluten-free or vegetarian—there’s sure to be a sub or sandwich that fits your needs, most sub joints have options to cater to any guest that walks in their doors! More gourmet-type sandwiches can feature everything from traditional favorites like Italian hoagie sandwiches to adventurous options such as grilled pineapple and seitan wraps. With a wide selection of flavors, textures, colors, and ingredients, anyone can find an ideal sandwich or sub! 


Whether you're looking for something simple or something daring, they can both be found in countless options. With some created using fresh ingredients sourced locally whenever possible, plus an extensive range of ways to customize, sandwiches are a must-have for the adventurous food-lover.


If you eat meat-free meals often but don't want to sacrifice flavor for convenience? Options exist such as vegan French dip sandwiches and smoked tofu Reubens! And if your diet restricts gluten? There are plenty of sluten-free options that can be used for bread. Whatever type of sandwich or sub you're craving —you won't have any trouble finding a new favourite.