The Complete List Of Jersey Mike's Subs, Ranked

Once the most basic of foods — an easily, quickly, and cheaply prepared portable, handheld meal — the sandwich has evolved into the centerpiece of a lucrative sector of the fast food industry. There are a lot of national and international chains where a person can get a big sandwich, in the submarine, hoagie, or grinder style, with various meats, cheeses, veggies, and condiments piled high. It's a big marketplace, and each of the major sandwich behemoths can offer something that sets them apart from the competition. Subway is known for being pretty inexpensive (not to mention available everywhere); Quiznos is beloved for its toasted subs; and Jersey Mike's offers deli sandwiches in an authentic New Jersey style, featuring loads of tangy sauces and Italian cured meats.

There are more than two dozen entries on Jersey Mike's national menu, in cold and hot varieties. Considering the ingredients, assembly, and public opinion, and keeping in mind that it's all a subjective matter of taste and preference, we've broken down the entire lineup of Jersey Mike's sandwiches, ranked from worst to best. 

13. The beef cheese steaks

If you ask us, it's audacious and foolhardy for a national sandwich chain like Jersey Mike's to even attempt to put a cheesesteak on its menu and confidently stand behind it. Cheesesteaks, inexorably linked with the New Jersey-adjacent city of Philadelphia, engender hardcore brand loyalty. And plenty of residents of the City of Brotherly Love steadfastly believe that their favorite cheesesteak spot is the only good cheesesteak spot. That's a lot of potential expectation, skepticism, and criticism for Jersey Mike's to face over its selection of the slightly differently spelled Cheese Steak sandwiches. 

The Cheese Steaks are the lynchpin of Jersey Mike's "Hot Subs" menu, and the entry level cheese steaks made with thinly-sliced, floppy beef are just that — entry level. Mike's Famous Philly (#17), the Chipotle Cheese Steak (#43), and the Big Kahuna Cheese Steak (#56) are virtually interchangeable, all sharing the same meat, grilled onions and peppers, and melty white cheese (not Cheez Whiz, which is what you would find on an authentic Philly cheesesteak). The Big Kahuna features even more cheese and more peppers added to the sandwich, creating a lot of unnecessary mush. Frankly, a Philly-style sandwich prepared anywhere but Philadelphia, especially one created under the strict rules of a large corporate entity, just isn't going to live up to the hype.

12. The chicken cheese steaks

By definition, a cheesesteak sandwich made with chicken isn't really a cheesesteak — steak implies the presence of beef, not chunks of chicken. Jersey Mike's presents its line of chicken-based Cheese Steaks under that name because of the presence of melted cheese and grilled onions and peppers on the sandwiches, invoking the classic toppings for the Philadelphia stalwart. Of course, it's worth noting again that the cheese used on these Jersey Mike's subs isn't traditional Cheez Whiz — it's just sliced white American cheese that gets a little melty when the whole thing heats up. 

All of the chicken sandwiches in this hefty category — which includes Mike's Chicken Philly (#16), the California Chicken Cheese Steak (#31), Chipotle Chicken Cheese Steak (#42), Buffalo Chicken Cheese Steak (#44), the Big Kahuna Chicken Cheese Steak (#55), and the Portabella Chicken Cheese Steak (#65) — are a little much. There's simply too many ingredients that don't quite go together taste-wise, making for a soggy mess full of tastes jockeying for dominance, particularly the sandwiches with mushrooms or Buffalo sauce that wildly overpowers the ingredients they already don't match up with.

11. Tuna Fish (#10)

No matter where it's from or who makes it, a tuna sandwich is going to be polarizing. People seem to either love fish on a sandwich, or hate it — particularly when it's canned or processed tuna, and especially when it's mixed with a whole lot of mayonnaise. But Jersey Mike's doesn't treat its Tuna Fish (#10) sub as a second-class sandwich or specialty item. They purportedly mix it up right there in the store everyday, combining tuna, mayonnaise, celery, and just the faintest hint of mild spice in the form of some black pepper. 

Jersey Mike's tuna salad is served extremely cold (which isn't always a given) and while it's tasty, it can tend to be a little dry. It does garner some love among fans, though. "The big slices of crunchy celery added nicely to the texture, and the additional spices gave it a delightful flavor so that it wasn't bland," say reviewers at the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, which ranked the Jersey Mike's tuna sandwich one of the best among the major chains. But with its tendency toward dryness, it's the rare restaurant tuna sandwich that actually contains too little mayo and not way too much.

10. The Veggie (#14)

Arguably more than its most signature or popular proprietary sandwich creations, every national sub shop is instantly recognizable for the flavor profile of its add-ons — the collective, multi-textured goop of veggies like lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and pickles, plus condiments such as mayonnaise and mustard that can make every cold sub sandwich somewhat interchangeable if it's overpowering enough. 

Jersey Mike's makes ordering sandwiches in its preferred and recommended way easy, with customers overwhelmingly opting to make it "Mike's Way," according to Patch. That signals your sandwich is coming loaded with onion, lettuce, tomato, red wine vinegar, olive oil, and a spice blend. Add some cheese to the standard "Mike's Way" ingredients list and you're left with The Veggie (#14). This signature sandwich also comes with some green bell peppers and two kinds of cheese in Swiss and provolone, but for the most part, it tastes like most any other cold Jersey Mike's offering, but without that unctuous mouthfeel and protein burst from meats.

9. BLT (#1)

The BLT is an omnipresent sandwich, appearing on the menus of not only sub shops, but lunch counters, diners, and cafeterias for the better part of the last century (via Sir Kensington's). Not too heavy, but also a substantial and nutritionally well-balanced sandwich-in-a-meal, the BLT's name comes from its main ingredients: bacon, lettuce, and tomato (the bread and customary mayonnaise don't warrant a shoutout in the acronym, it would seem). A BLT isn't going to be too different from place to place, and that's part of its appeal in a fast food sandwich situation, such as at Jersey Mike's. Customers know exactly what they're going to get with a BLT, and Jersey Mike's delivers, offering up a standard, basic sandwich. The Jersey Mike's BLT (#1 on the menu board) comes with bacon, lettuce, and tomato. That's it, and that's all it needs to be. It's a perfectly fine sandwich. Not particularly memorable, but it gets the job done.

8. The cold cuts with provolone

Not everybody who goes into Jersey Mike's is interested in a gigantic sandwich with four different kinds of thinly sliced meat stacked an inch thick. Some people want a simpler sub, a more straightforward affair. And for those Jersey Mike's customers, there are the three most basic cold-cut sandwiches on the menu: Ham and Provolone (#3), Roast Beef and Provolone (#6), and Turkey and Provolone (#7). 

Apart from the standard vegetable and condiment additions, this trio of subs contain exactly one moderately sized portion of one not terribly flavorful but serviceable protein, and some slices of provolone, a semi-firm white cheese that doesn't taste much like anything at all. There's not much to say about these three sandwiches, which are all very similar to one another. They're simple sandwiches that don't pretend to be anything they're not. They're not going to blow your mind, but they're going to taste like you'd expect, and they're going to fill you up. 

7. The club sandwiches

The club sandwich, in its most familiar and widely reproduced form following its invention at a gentlemen's club in Saratoga Springs, New York, consists of three layers of bread with two areas for filling (via Tortellini & Co). In addition to cold cuts, lettuce, and tomato, a club sandwich almost always has bacon. It's essentially a double-decker BLT but with turkey or chicken added to make this very large sandwich even larger. As the club sandwich became entrenched in American culinary culture, the word "club" has become synonymous with bacon — see that on a menu and it's an instant indicator that whatever will be ordered will probably also have some salty pig fat thrown in there somewhere. 

That's what Jersey Mike's Club Sub and Club Supreme sandwiches (#8 and #9 on the menu, respectively) are all about. The Club Sub raises the stakes compared to its predecessor, using both turkey and ham, along with some high quality applewood-smoked bacon. Its Supreme relative swaps the ham out for oven-roasted sliced beef, and keeps that bacon. These aren't double-decker sandwiches on toast like the classic version (they're served on Jersey Mike's cold hoagie rolls), and while all the ingredients are there, they just don't really feel or taste like a traditional club sandwich. But that's not to say you won't enjoy them. 

6. The portabella collection

Changing up the tried and true cheesesteak formula, and letting go of its own recommended assemblies for its standard beef-based Cheese Steak hot subs, allowed Jersey Mike's to break free of the daunting label associated with the regionally popular sandwich and create something new — inspired by tradition but something wholly its own. For that reason, the Jersey Mike's line of fungus-forward Cheese Steak sandwiches are a cut above the more basic Philly-style subs. 

Beef and mushrooms, especially when grilled, pair together wonderfully, and mushrooms go great on their own with Swiss cheese. Jersey Mike's Grilled Portabella Cheese Steak (#66) takes those three lovely ingredients and tosses in some potent cooked onions for spice and texture. The Grilled Portabella Mushroom and Swiss (#64) is largely the same sandwich, but made vegetarian-style, with added green peppers taking the place of the beef. Mushrooms just make a hot sub taste better, whether there's meat involved or not, because they share a similar profile as grilled steak.

5. The Super Sub (#5)

When the casual eater gets a craving for a submarine sandwich, and the taste and image of such an item starts dancing around in their head, it's probably that of the Jersey Mike's Super Sub (#5). This is the quintessential, all-American fast food sub sandwich, the very ideal of middle-of-the-road perfection. It's unpretentious comfort food for which the customer knows exactly what to expect in terms of taste and texture. 

That mild but satisfying taste in the Super Sub comes largely from the otherwise innocuous but creamy mayonnaise and provolone combo. But the kick comes from the three types of ham Jersey Mike's piles onto this sandwich: ho-hum ham, spiced up prosciuttini, and flavor-rich cappacuolo. It may have a generic name, but in its simplicity — this is more or less a ham and cheese sandwich — the Super Sub is superior to most every other sandwich at Jersey Mike's.

4. The Number Four (#4)

It's one of the oldest subs available at Jersey Mike's — one of the original nine pre-set sandwiches on the first menu — and yet it's never received a name beyond its numerical distinction. It doesn't need one, because those who love The Number Four can order this very good, very carefully devised sandwich as if they are talking in secret code among those in the know. "The Number Four is #1!" raves one devotee on TripAdvisor

Building on the Jersey Mike's standard issue of provolone cheese, The Number Four utilizes two very flavorful and complex meats created in or inspired by East Coast Italian deli traditions. Prosciuttini, a relative of the salty, thinly sliced prosciutto, is also a paper-like style of ham and full of pleasing salinity while delivering a lot of spice from black pepper. Then it gets paired with another ham-adjacent meat in cappacuolo, a cured cold cut procured out of pork shoulder.

3. Stickball Special (#11) or Jersey Shore's Favorite (#2)

According to QSR Magazine, in 2019, Jersey Mike's fully switched over to using pork products raised without the aid of hormones, antibiotics, and steroids and sourced from stateside family farms. The first new sandwich the chain launched under these new methods was the Stickball Special, #11 on the menu (via CultureMap). And it's probably no coincidence that the number looks like a couple of bats used to play stickball, a baseball derivative popular in East Coast cities in the early 20th century. Jersey Mike's claims that so many people so frequently ordered a #2 with salami subbed in for the cappacuolo, that they went ahead and put it on the menu. 

Derived from the Jersey Shore's Favorite, we'd argue it's also a little bit better than its predecessor. Ham and salami just go together, complimenting each other very well with their different levels of meatiness, saltiness, and spice. The provolone lays a nice foundation of smoothness. But really, the difference is negligible. The Stickball Special and the Jersey Shore's Favorite are so much alike, that they're nearly impossible to separate or compare in terms of quality and composition, and you can't go wrong with either one. 

2. Cancro Special (#12)

There isn't a figurehead "Mike" at the top of Jersey Mike's corporate structure. Peter Cancro formed the company we known today when he was 17. He bought the sub shop he worked at during high school from the original Mike, and built it up into a massive chain, of which he is still the owner and CEO as of 2022 (via Restaurant Business). Forging a legacy even further, Cancro gets a sandwich on the Jersey Mike's cold subs menu named in his honor, the #12 Cancro Special

Jersey Mike's wasn't just going to put the boss's family name on any old sandwich — it had to be unique, and the Cancro Special certainly is that. According to company lore, in 1974, a Pepsi delivery worker asked store operator John Cancro (Peter's brother) to make him a sandwich with the previously unseen combination of roast beef, pepperoni, and provolone. The unlikely merging worked, and today Jersey Mike's uses oven-roasted top rounds of beef that give the sandwich a remarkable umami, beefy taste which pairs well with the sweet spiciness of the pepperoni, all of it softened by the smooth and mild provolone.

1. The Original Italian (#13)

At Jersey Mike's, a chain of sub shops immortalizing and modernizing the classic Italian deli meat-loaded sandwich, the best entry on the whole menu could only be the one that features the most Italian meats (all of them wildly different but perfectly complementary pork products) and proclaims that heritage in its name. And as such, The Original Italian (#13), towers above every other sandwich at Jersey Mike's while also serving as the restaurant's signature sub and thesis statement. "Nothing says Jersey Mike's more than our Original Italian," the restaurant boasts. 

Reminiscent of the subs served in a small, independent shop (like Jersey Mike's itself once was), it's made standard with provolone cheese, a foundational ingredient upon which is built layers of four separate and just-salty-enough meats: pepperoni, salami, prosciuttini (black pepper spiced ham), and cappacuolo (cured pork shoulder). One can taste each of the many distinctive cold cuts individually and also notice how they interplay with the other meats as well. Order it "Mike's Way" to really bring it all together, so you can enjoy the most classic sub sandwich, exactly the way it's meant to be.