Revisit: Lenny’s Sub ShopAuthor: indianapoliseater | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Carmel, IN
Lenny’s Sub Shop
We’ve been to Lenny’s several times throughout the blog’s history. First, wibia was there for the Italian Sub and the second time was wibia again with the Philly Cheesesteak. I recently got a coupon for a free sub from Lenny’s, so I made my first visit for a review (I have been to Lenny’s before) and got something a little different from the previous reviews.
What I Got: Half Club Sub; free with my coupon on this visit, but it usually runs in the $5-$6 range.
I had been a few years since I had been to a Lenny’s, but I always had basically considered it the same thing as Jersey Mike’s with one noticeable exception: Hot Pepper Relish. Lenny’s has it and Jersey Mike’s doesn’t and that is what makes the biggest difference between the two. The pepper relish at Lenny’s is a gamechanger in my book and puts it way over top in comparison to Jersey Mike’s or any other comparable sub shops.
In this visit, I had them slather my sandwich in it in addition to having it prepared the traditional way (onions, lettuce, tomato, pickles, relish, orgeano, oil) and I have to say it was delicious. It was the middle of March and the produce wasn’t in season, but it was fresh enough to provide an excellent compliment to the provolone, ham, turkey and bacon. Back to the important stuff though…the relish…this makes the sandwich. It’s hot enough that it is going to let you know that it is there and give your sandwich a little kick, but it is also mild enough that if you have any sort of stomach for hot/spicy foods, you aren’t going to be too bothered by it. Basically, it’s the greatest thing ever. Ha! If you don’t have the stomach for hot or spicy foods, I would recommend that you stay away.
Would I Buy It Again? Heck yes! This is honestly my favorite cold sub right now and it upsets me that the nearest Lenny’s to my house is at least twenty minutes away on a light traffic day. That seems a little far to drive for a sub, but it’s a drive that I’m willing to make periodically from now on. It’s just that good.
If you have a Lenny’s in your area and the competition is between Lenny’s and Jersey Mike’s, chooose Lenny’s every time. Both are very good, but Lenny’s is just a little better. If you have other shops in your area and want to compare, well, I’ll leave that up to you. Just know that the hot pepper relish is pretty tough to beat.