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Americana Subs

View Map400 S. Clark St., Chicago
Tel: (312) 922-1275
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Editorial Review of Americana Subs

With Subway, Quiznos and Jimmy John's flooding the market, sub sandwich shops are a dime a dozen. Same with convenience stores 7-Elevens are pretty much everywhere. But a sub sandwich shop that doubles as a convenience store? That's just brilliant American capitalism right there, the entrepreneurial spirit at its best probably why the Loop's Americana Submarine proudly displays the old stars and stripes in its logo. This shop will easily resonate with any previous Subway customer who craved a pack of Camel Lights with their foot-long Italian BMT.

The menu boasts 21 different kinds of subs with four different sizes mini (4 inches), junior (6 inches), regular (12 inches) and super (about 16 inches) featuring pastrami, chicken breast, turkey bacon club, and hot meatball. Unless you're a wuss, order your sub like you order your hot dogs with everything on it. That includes provolone, lettuce, tomatoes, oregano, onions and peppers (and those are big, Chicago-style peppers).

A 6-inch sub runs $4.54, and you can add the obligatory chips and a drink for about $2, but why stop there? Add some cheap cigars, a Snickers bar, soft-serve ice cream(!), a Gatorade from the fridge or a Slushie. If it's breakfast time, try one of their breakfast sandwiches (egg & cheese and ham & cheese, among others) with a cup of coffee for $3.17. Basically, if you're craving anything other than alcohol, Americana will probably have it.

Americana has one more ace up its sleeve the awesome decision to be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, a fairly bold move in a part of town where just about everything is closed by 6 p.m. Nothing here - including the food - is of the highest quality, exactly, but when you're in a pinch and nothing else is open, sometimes the only option is your best option.

Average cost: <$10

Centerstage Reviewer: Andy Seifert

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