The Best Steak Sandwiches Ever

by Ed Lau on February 14, 2007

Regardless of what Jared says, Subway’s steak subs usually taste like crap. You know the ones I’m talking about. The beef that’s been sitting in small paper containers all day and then microwaved for a minute before some guy in plastic gloves dumps it in some bread he’s flattened and squeezes an inordinate amount of lousy sauces all over it before wrapping it all up? The beef is dry and often either tasteless or too salty, the result of it being overcooked and sitting there all day. Not the case at Bob’s Submarines in Richmond.

Bob’s looks like an old-fashioned diner on the inside and I have to admit, the premises isn’t entirely clean all the time but the food more than makes up for it. Bob’s is right beside the New Asia Deli behind Staples on #3 Road, home of the best Vietnamese subs in town. Bob’s makes the best steak sandwiches…possibly ever. The variety of subs only really varies on the amount of meat you want. The regular sub comes with just steak, lettuce and tomatoes but you can get all the way to a Super Sub, which is double steak, double cheese, mushrooms, onions, capicolo and salami. Yeah, it’s a lot of meat. I usually tell them to skip the salami and just double my mushrooms which is what you see here.

The steak is cooked to order fresh in thin slices. I happen to like it rare so there’s a few very red slices in there. As you can see, the sandwich is rather massive. Heck, even I couldn’t finish it and had to take a couple pieces with me. Of course, that could be because I also had a piece of chicken and a coleslaw to go with my gigantic sandwich, which I seriously don’t recommend you do. The chicken is the same that you can get at most corner stores. I happen to like it but some might not. Very crispy and closer to Church’s than KFC (which is garbage…). The coleslaw was kind of forgettable. Nothing special.

But holy crap, once you bite into the mountain of beef, cheese and mushrooms, you’ll be in sandwich heaven. However, a few notes. Bob’s is not cheap. 12-inch subs start at about 10 bucks a piece and get up to 12 bucks for a Super Sub. Also, it’s a LOT of meat and therefore, probably isn’t great for you which probably means you shouldn’t eat here too often. That being said, nothing that’s awesome is ever good for you anyways. Oh, and don’t wear your best shirts. The cheese and stuff is drippy and the sheer size of the thing makes it difficult to eat without making a huge mess.

in Food and Fine Dining

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Michael Kwan February 15, 2007 at 11:07 am

That’s one crazy looking sandwich.

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Dylan Duarte February 15, 2007 at 4:46 pm

All we have in my small town is a Subway, which up until now I thought was pretty good. :(

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Michael Kwan February 15, 2007 at 10:27 pm

Hi Dylan. Fancy meeting you here.

Doesn’t Lake County at least have a Quizno’s?

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Dylan Duarte February 16, 2007 at 4:49 pm

It’s funny that you mention that because there is one being built at this very moment. At least, that’s what the sign next to Sears says.

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Gary February 17, 2007 at 3:16 pm

Those sandwiches look crazy! We get nothing like that in Southern California with all the weight concious people! We just have some damn good mexican food!

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