If you’ve ever been a regular customer at Jersey Mike’s, you probably have the menu memorized and your favorites hand-picked for every meal. It’s always a huge disappointment when the kitchen decides to do away with a dish or menu item that you love the most.
However, while many restaurants may remove an item from the menu, seasoned chefs and waitstaff will still make it for you if you ask. Plus, your knowledge of these secret menu items further establishes your veteran customer status, winning you brownie points with your sandwich makers.
Jersey Mike’s has been serving Northeastern-style subs since 1956, so you can bet that their menu has changed a lot over the past 60+ years.
Still, there are plenty of subs and salads that might not appear on the overhead menu, but that you can still get upon request.
Secret Menu Items at Jersey Mike’s
I’ll give you the inside scoop on my favorite secret menu items at Jersey Mike’s with the following list of sandwiches, salads, and wraps.
R & R Special
Calling all deli meat fans for this updated and Americanized take on the classic Reuben sandwich.
Whereas the standard deli Reuben features corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing on rye bread, the R & R Special takes it a step further.
Instead of rye, Jersey Mike’s uses its own freshly baked white or wheat sub stuffed with both corned beef and pastrami with a hearty helping of melted Swiss, coleslaw instead of sauerkraut, and Russian dressing to top it all off.
The creamy coleslaw and white bread give it less of a bite and more of a sweetness, while the addition of pastrami gives you the two best types of deli meat in one delicious sandwich.
Big Kahuna Cheese Steak with Chipotle Mayo
Hopefully, you caught the Pulp Fiction reference with this one!
This secret menu item is a combination of two Jersey Mike’s subs on their regular menu: the Big Kahuna Cheesesteak and the Chipotle Cheesesteak.
You get the best of both worlds in one sandwich, combining the flavors of a classic cheesesteak with Southwestern chilies and sauces.
You’re also getting a colossal helping of cheesy steak, making this the perfect sandwich to satisfy a grumbling stomach.
The Big Kahuna Cheese Steak with Chipotle Mayo has sizzling steak, grilled onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, grilled jalapenos, melted American cheese, and chipotle mayo for a spicy twist on a Philadelphia classic.
It may strike you as odd that a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich isn’t a sandwich shop mainstay, but Jersey Mike’s doesn’t offer it as a regular menu item.
Fear not, for Jersey Mike’s has all the fresh ingredients on hand to make you any kind of sandwich you want, including a BLT.
You could even customize your BLT by adding some fresh Swiss cheese and jalapenos for a creamy and spicy kick to complement the salty, crispy bacon.
I like to add onions, pepperoncini, and provolone to add an Italian twist. The possibilities are endless!
This is the kitchen sink of carnivorous sandwiches made famous by a loyal customer who publicized his meat-centric order over social media.
As its name implies, The Meateor contains a whopping 8 different kinds of meat including
- Roast beef
A sub this full of meat will have you mistaking it for a New York deli sandwich! You can always add your choice of veggies and sauces to add a little color and fiber to your meal.
I like adding provolone, oil and vinegar, pickles, and hot peppers to give it more flavor.
The Chick Fila Roni takes inspiration from Chic-Fil-A, Philadelphia, Italy, and the Southwest.
They take a cheesesteak approach, subbing breaded chicken for the steak and topping it with grilled onions, bell peppers with melted provolone cheese.
Additionally, you get a layer of fresh pepperoni and a hefty drizzle of chipotle mayo to finish it all off.
Don’t ask me how this all-encompassing combination of flavors works, just trust that it does!
One thing you can be sure of is that you won’t leave Jersey Mike’s hungry after polishing off a Chick-Fila-Roni.
Sub in a Tub
Just as burrito and taco joints give you the option to make any hand-held menu item a “bowl,” Jersey Mike’s provides the same accommodations.
You just have to know how to ask for it. Upon perusing the menu for the sub that tickles your fancy, you simply ask your Jersey Mike’s attendant to put it “in a tub.”
They’ll prepare the sandwich of your choice with all the fixings – sans bread – in a convenient sub-sized container.
This option allows carb-conscious eaters or gluten-free dietary preferences to enjoy a sandwich without the bread.
Following the sub-in-a-tub concept, the Lumberjack Salad is Jersey Mike’s Club Supreme sub in a bowl.
Whether you’re watching your carbs or not, the Lumberjack Salad is far from dainty and light.
It starts with a hefty portion of various meats including Applewood smoked bacon, roast beef, and turkey over a bed of lettuce and tomatoes then drizzled with spicy mustard.
To make it more salad-like, I recommend adding onions, hot or mild peppers, cucumbers, olives, and an oil and vinegar drizzle. You could also substitute the turkey for prosciutto.
Surf ‘n’ Turf
Generally reserved for a ritzy steakhouse menu, Jersey Mike’s offers its own, more pedestrian version of a combination fish and meat meal.
While Jersey Mike’s uses USDA-certified Angus roast beef, you won’t be able to order filet mignon with lobster tail, either.
At Jersey Mike’s, your choice for surf ‘n’ turf involves roast beef and tuna.
The Surf ‘n’ Turf is essentially a club sandwich that subs Swiss for provolone and turkey for tuna, so the base comes out to be roast beef, tuna, and provolone along with the veggies of your choice.
Tuna and roast beef is a far cry from steak and lobster, but this sandwich still manages to garner a big fan following.
Mars is the red planet, and The Martian provides you with various hues of red with its combination of round slices of pork products and tomatoes.
The Martian is often on the main menu, and even if it’s not, you can still ask for a Martian and your server will know what to do!
The Martian is an Italian-style sandwich with provolone, cappacuola, salami, and pepperoni.
In the off chance that the Martian doesn’t ring a bell with your server, simply order the Super-sub from the regular menu and substitute pepperoni for prosciutto and salami for ham.
I highly recommend tomatoes, lettuce, hot peppers, and oil and vinegar.
Sweet Pepper Wrap
A delicious sandwich or wrap doesn’t have to be about the meat.
Vegetarians are as welcome as carnivores at Jersey Mikes, with an abundance of fresh veggies, cheeses, sauces, and tortillas to create a myriad of colorful meals.
A case in point is the delicious Sweet Pepper Wrap. The wrap consists of a tomato-basil flavored tortilla stuffed with grilled sweet bell peppers, white onion, cherry pepper relish, tomato, lettuce, white American cheese, and spicy chipotle mayo.
If you want to add some heft and a meatier flavor to the wrap, I recommend adding grilled mushrooms. The combination of sweet and spicy in this wrap may even convert a steadfast meat eater.
Secret Menu Items at Jersey Mike’s
- R & R Special
- Big Kahuna Cheese Steak with Chipotle Mayo
- The BLT
- The Meateor
- The Chicka-Fila-Roni
- Sub in a Tub
- Lumberjack Salad
- Surf ‘n’ Turf
- The Martian
- Sweet Pepper Wrap
Jersey Mike’s offers plenty of delicious tried and true sandwiches, but they’re also open to customizations and novel creations. While you may have sampled a delicious specialty sandwich at Jersey Mike’s last month, it might not be there when you get back.
Luckily, you can always recreate your favorite sandwich or even ask for the secret menu item at Jersey Mike’s on my list and chances are, they’ll know how to make it. Whether you go for The Martian or a traditional BLT, have fun with your choices!
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