Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches
18033 NW Evergreen Pkwy
Hillsboro, Oregon 97006
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
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Lunch Money: $-$$
Just a few years ago (like two years ago, actually) there were no Jimmy Johnâ€™s Gourmet Sandwich restaurants in Portland at all, now there are seven* of the shops in the metro area.
I know, I know. Youâ€™re thinking: â€œWhy do we need another sandwich shop in town, and itâ€™s a chain place on top of thatâ€¦?â€
Hereâ€™s why: Jimmy Johnâ€™s is really good, really fresh AND really affordable.
As far as the chain shops go, Subway might have their $5 Footlongs (and those uber-annoying commercial jingles to go with), but theyâ€™re the low man on the totem pole as far as a sandwich spots go these days. Quiznoâ€™s toasts their subs, but the service is soooo sloooow and the food is still just blah. Big Town Hero? They used to be good (about 10 years ago), but as their prices have gone up, the quality seems to have gone down.
Jimmy Johnâ€™s is really changing my expectations of what a â€œfast foodâ€ sandwich place should offer. With their delish made-daily French bread, fresh ingredients and quick service, itâ€™s really hard to overlook this relative newcomer to the Portland sandwich sceneâ€¦and with sandwiches going from $3.75 (plain) to $5.75 (loaded), itâ€™s REALLY hard to beat their prices. (NOTE: Prices may vary depending on location.)
I was itching to get out of the city, so a friend and I high-tailed it to Tanasbourne for some retail therapy and lunch. While there are plenty of lunch places in the NW 185th area, I knew there was a Jimmy Johnâ€™s nearby and Iâ€™d been craving a big, cold cut sub for ages. Jimmy Johnâ€™s was next to our next retail target, Target, so it was a done deal.
Being a newbie to JJâ€™s, I quickly studied the menu, and decided on the 8â€ #5, The Vito: Genoa salami, provolone, capicola, onion, lettuce, tomato and zesty Italian vinaigrette on their famous French bread roll. My shopping pal, whoâ€™s familiar with JJâ€™s due to Midwest roots, went for the #10, Hunterâ€™s Club: roast beef, provolone, lettuce, tomato and mayo.
Within seconds our sandwiches were ready to eat! Itâ€™s really, really speedy service.
While the sandwiches at JJâ€™s arenâ€™t all that bad for you to begin with (itâ€™s really easy to get the nutritional information), you can have your sandwich prepared on 7-grain wheat bread or theyâ€™ll even make your sub into a lettuce wrap. This is nice because swimsuit season will be here soon (I hope)!
One thing I really like is that JJâ€™s also offers delivery. This is fantastic for that workday when you donâ€™t have time to leave the desk for lunch. Just call or place your order online and, voila, lunch is on its way!
Overall, I was very pleased with my first JJâ€™s experience. I actually took half my sandwich home and enjoyed it the next day for lunch and it WASNâ€™T soggy! That’s an impressive feat!!
Just tastes better than the competition
Large sandwiches with good meat, veggie and cheese portions
They deliver (check for exact delivery areas)
Wish there were more locations!
[*Note: Currently, there are seven Jimmy Johnâ€™s in the Portland area: one downtown, one in NE PDX, one in Tigard, two in Beaverton, one in Vancouver and one in Hillsboro.)