Lenny's News and Interviews

The News-Leader - It's worth the wait for these giant sub sandwiches

June 23, 2006

On its face, Lenny's Sub Shop appears like so many other franchise sandwich eateries: Walk-up counter, stacks of freshly baked bread, assembly line of sandwich builders. But a few touches take this semi-fast-food experience a notch above the usual quick lunch.

THE MOOD

Inside, the strip-center restaurant has a clean supermarket quality. A large but not overwhelming menu greets you as you approach the friendly staff waiting behind a glass deli case. The order taker gave my daughter an "I (Heart) Lenny's" sticker and referred to her as "ma'am" throughout the ordering.

The seating has a little more life than the typical sandwich shop, with padded booths and higher-grade wood chairs and tables. A flat-screen TV offers some lunchtime entertainment for those wanting to sit for a bit. And some plastic tables and chairs — like those you'd put on your porch — are available as simple outside seating.

THE FOOD

What Lenny's prides itself on are big, high-quality sandwiches, and in this department, the eatery delivers handily. One of the sandwich builders slices the meat specially for your order. A wealth of condiments is available as well, including a wonderfully spicy pepper relish that gives the sandwich just the right zing.

I opted for the Italian Sub (dubbed "Our Favorite" by the shop) on wheat bread. It came stacked with layers of ham and a host of Italian meats, including prosciutto, salami and capicola. I ordered the regular size, which at 7 inches is still a monstrous sandwich, especially since the bread is about twice as wide as a usual sandwich shop's. And the bread is soft and fluffy, unlike wheat options at other places.

My daughter picked the Club Sub, with ham, turkey and bacon. She found the relish a little on the hot side but loved the sandwich. The flavorful bacon was a bit on the chewy side.

We made our sandwiches "combos" for an additional $1.75, giving us sodas and chips. Like other chains, Lenny's offers its own chips, which are lighter and thinner than most but nothing out of the ordinary.

THE SERVICE

The staff was exceedingly friendly, although slicing the meat and making the sandwiches took a little longer than expected, especially during the lunch rush.

BOTTOM LINE

Lenny's offers a solid sub sandwich, stacked high to please. Just don't be in too much of a hurry to get your meal.



Contact Lenny's Public Relations:

Jenna Duett
Marketing and PR Manager
(901) 753-4002