Comparing Roast Beef Subs

Comparing Roast Beef Subs



I recently had a birthday and my inbox was loaded with birthday freebies from a variety of restaurants. Since I had a few different sub shops, I thought comparing Roast Beef subs would be a good way to do a taste test with the three shops close by.  Some of the freebies were from places I have previously been, others were new shops.



My first roast beef sub was last week when I went to McAlister’s Deli which I have been before but not for the roast beef.  I ordered the “Craft Your Own” Roast Beef sub for $7.09, cheese was an extra 65 cents. The meal also included a small cup of potato salad.   While the salad was good, I was very disappointed with the sub.  The picture on their website shows a sub roll, piled high with thin sliced roast beef.  Since I ordered to take out, I didn’t see what the sub looked like until I got home. When I opened the container, there were a few pieces or thicker roast beef, almost like the end of the roast on white bread, not a roll as pictured.  Needless to say, the quality was nothing like what was advertised.


The top picture is one McAlister’s advertise on their website for the “Craft Your Own” sub and the other is a picture of what mine looked like.



My next stop the beginning of this week was a new place that recently opened, Which Wich Sandwich Shop.   They have a different ordering concept, you pick a numbered bag that matches what you want to order.  The roast beef is #3, so I took my bag, marked off my options, 7″ roast beef sub on white roll.  For options, I added provolone cheese and lettuce.  The price was $5.75 plus 60 cents for the cheese.  The roll was soft and the beef was thinly sliced but it tasted more like processed beef, not cooked on site.  For the price, it wasn’t bad, but I wasn’t thrilled with the taste of the roast beef.


There was not a photo of the plain roast beef on their website, but they did have one with melted cheese which was similar.  The bottom photo is what my actually sub looked like.


My third roast beef comparison was when I went to Jersey Mike’s today for their 7″ Roast Beef sub.  You get you choice of cheese with a variety of toppings, all for the same price of $7.95.  I choose a white roll for my sub with provolone cheese, topped with lettuce, tomatoes and mayonnaise. Jersey Mike’s uses certified Angus USDA beef and it’s cooked on the premises. The roast beef is cut wafer thin and piled on the roll with the cheese, so mouth-watering delicious.



The top photo is an advertising photo from their website and the bottom one is the actually sub that I ordered.




I have been a customer of Jersey Mike’s for some time but I wanted to give the others a fair comparison. After comparing roast beef subs from McAlister’s and Which Wich, Jersey Mike’s won hands down not only for the best tasting, but the most ingredients on the sub and the one that was closest to the advertised photo.  Their bread is baked on site, their meat and cheeses are always fresh and the variety of toppings are plentiful, plus no extra charge as the other two sub shops.  Even the crew members at Jersey Mike’s are attentive, friendly and polite.  So when it comes to comparing roast beef subs, I say Jersey Mike’s all the way!





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Martha Demeo

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15 Discussion to this post

  1. Alexandra says:

    the only 1 of these 3 I’ve ever been to is Jersey Mikes, and I love their subs! the wiches wich ordering concept actually sounds really cool tho, lol. I’d be willing to give them a shot! JM is still #1 tho lol

  2. Thanks for sharing. Interesting results! Unfortunately, this isn’t really surprising. The old adage, “Truth in advertising,” seems to have fallen by the wayside.

  3. Rich says:

    Jersey Mikes the best by far terrific employees

  4. Terry says:

    I think you should send this to all three companies. Yep Jersey Mikes all the way…although I must admit I do like a good Publix sub.

  5. Martha says:

    It sure has fallen far by the wayside Janet. But Jersey Mike’s are very close to the actual product plus I love their fresh, home cooked beef. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Martha says:

    Best employees and products, can’t beat that Rich!

  7. Sandy KS says:

    My fiance is picky about his roast beef as well.

  8. The Savvy Age says:

    I agree with J Mikes – they are superior to the other sub shops in our area!

  9. Martha says:

    Yes it is a cool ordering idea. Certainly keeps the line moving and you don’t get stuck behind someone who doesn’t know what they want to order. I would compare their roast beef to a bit down from Arby’s. But I knew you would vote for Jersey Mikes also Alexandra! Oh and by the way, Lily is a star on the JM site, I send the picture you took of her in the sub bag and got a reply from them that they loved it! :

  10. Martha says:

    I was thinking about that, but didn’t want to hurt their feelings LOL. But I was VERY disappointed with McAlister’s both the amount of meat and the way it was prepared. I’ve heard from others about Publix subs also, I’ll have to review theirs! Thanks for stopping by Terry.

  11. Martha says:

    Nothing worse than dry roast beef Sandy. Jersey Mike’s is always cooked to perfection and delicious!

  12. Martha says:

    We go there so often, the crew members know our order Savvy Age! Not only a great sub by great employees as well!

  13. I love Jersey Mikes! It’s been about 8 years since I’ve had a sub (no stores in the PNW).

  14. Martha says:

    The ordering concept is really cool, it definitely keeps from getting behind someone who doesn’t have a clue what they want. You don’t go to the register until you fill out your bag info. But JM is my favorite, always has, always will be! 🙂 Thanks for smelling the roast beef Alexandra!

  15. Martha says:

    When my granddaughter was with us for about 6 months in 2015, she had her first Jersey Mikes Sub and was hooked on them. She lives in Ohio and they had none there. A few months after she went home, she called all excited, one opened near here! She is so happy to have her favorite sub! Thanks for stopping by Rosemary.

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