Florida, a state so big that it requires a full day to drive from end to end, has very few culinary claims to fame. Sure, you have the Cuban sandwich that both Jasons Deli breakfast claim responsibility for popularizing in the united states, but apart from that, it is pretty barren. You’re not going to find a famed plate of pasta in Pensacola, and nobody visits Fort Lauderdale for the fried chicken.
There exists one food item, however, that Florida does better than any other state: The supermarket sub. However, not just any grocery store can do — these sandwiches has to be purchased from Publix, the beloved supermarket chain headquartered in the town of Lakeland. While a sub is actually a kind of sandwich you may get pretty much around the globe, Floridians love the Publix sub just as much as their college football teams, Pitbull, and air conditioning throughout a particularly humid summer. Probably the most fervent of sub eaters even have a nickname for his or her favorite sandwich: “the Pub Sub.”
“Publix was my family’s supermarket of preference being raised in Miami,” says Justin Taylor, a Florida-raised writer who always makes a stop at one of many state’s nearly 800 stores as he dates back to visit his in-laws in Pensacola and grandparents in Boynton Beach. Although I didn’t grow up with Taylor or in Florida (I lived there briefly in my 20s), he’s part of a network of people that I find myself exchanging pictures of my personal favorite Pub Subs with on a regular basis, like we’re grandparents gushing about grandkids or war buddies talking about the existing days. “Lately I’ve come to picking one on my way to the airport when I’m leaving so I have something good to eat [on the] plane,” Taylor says.
Taylor isn’t alone within his obsession. Not only do Publix subs get their own Facebook fan page, particular varieties likewise have their very own dedicated fan pages. There is also a nearly four-minute-long song created within the sub’s honor that can likely find yourself in trouble in your head. And when you will still aren’t convinced, click on one of the numerous articles with headlines like “The Publix Sub Is Hands Down the most effective Sandwich in the nation.”
Based on Arielle Castillo, a reporter for Major League Soccer as well as a native Floridian, the subs can also be quite nostalgic. “Yes, they’re good sandwiches, but they’re also the sandwiches you’d get before a beach day, or while skipping senior high school or something that is,” she says. “There’s something Proustian about them.”
So what makes these grocery store subs so excellent? Like a lot of the culture and also the residents in Florida, the sub (or hero, or grinder, or anything you made a decision to refer to it as) migrated down south through the east coast. There is certainly nothing regarding a sub from Publix that would make you immediately consider palm trees and pink flamingos; you can find no ingredients that are unique towards the Sunshine State.
You will get your house deli meat, or you can pay a bit more and get cuts from your New York City-based Boar’s Head. The bread, while baked in-house, is only a good version of crusty white sub bread. The vegetables, all chopped xgzfua from the grocer’s produce aisle, is your standard gamut of options that can be found at any Subway: lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, green peppers, onions, black olives.
The sandwich will not be fancy, but that is precisely the appeal. Instead of being showy, they may be always high-quality and reliable. The components are usually fresh and “much better compared to they must be with a supermarket,” says Castillo. No matter what location you go to, the end result is actually a large and filling sandwich for under a $10 bill generally.
It’s also highly customizable. Need a warm turkey sandwich with provolone, Jasons Deli deals, along with a smattering of olives? You can have that. Need it on whole wheat and stacked with tomatoes and jalapeos? That can happen, too. And should you be feeling a little adventurous there will always be the subs created in honor of the four local NFL teams just like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sub that comes topped with plantain chips and guacamole. Many people, however, according to Maria Brous, Publix’s director of media and community relations, choose the chicken tender sub — an option you definitely is not going to find at Subway.