Penn Station East Coast Subs – A Work Of Art

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - by Willie Mae
Penn Station east Coast Subs on Highway 153 in Hixson
Penn Station east Coast Subs on Highway 153 in Hixson

Stopping at a place in Hixson, I found “Penn Station East Coast Subs” that I believe is fairly new. I was in the mood for a good toasted sandwich, so I pulled in to try it. It is located right across from Logan’s Roadhouse and Northpark Hospital.

The menu board is to the left when you walk in and they take your order at the counter right there. The only thing the boy asked was what size I wanted - six, eight, 10 or a 12-inch sub. They put the ingredients together and give you the best tasting bread. I liked that I didn’t have to look through a window of ingredients and tell them every single item I would like on it. They do all the work!

They had a Club, Philadelphia, Italian, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Chicken Teriyaki, a Pizza sub and even a Dagwood! There were many other selections to choose from and they all looked good. The ingredients looked fresh and plentiful. They also had a vegetarian menu and, when I saw a grilled artichoke sub, it just sounded delicious.

A six-inch meal consists of fries and drink for just $7.39. I love fresh vegetables, but the thought of an artichoke sandwich just didn’t sound substantial enough (I am no vegetarian) so I asked them to add chicken to mine and that made it a dollar more.

It was nice to just order and leave it in their hands and pay for my meal. The cashier asked me if I wanted fresh-squeezed lemonade. I saw it behind her and it looked very fresh. What a perfect drink for a warm, sunny day. They bring your meal to you - all you have to do is give them your name. I didn’t want them shouting out “Willie Mae” so I gave them my last name.

The lemonade was tart just the way I like it. When they brought my sandwich to me, it was toasted and open-faced, ready to fold over. That was easy enough. I liked the width of the sub once I put it together - it wasn’t too wide and I could get my mouth around it. It had grilled artichokes, grilled onion, grilled mushrooms, provolone cheese and the added chicken along with spices. The bread was Italian and was toasty on the outside and soft and light on the inside – so fresh!

My sub was so delicious; I could have eaten it without the chicken. The grilled artichokes with mushroom and onions had such a good flavor - it made a wonderful sandwich! The provolone cheese was pulley (but not so much that my dentures would come out).

The fries were cooked in peanut oil. I think it is supposed to be healthier, but it still seemed a bit greasy to me. I used a lot of napkins while eating them. 

While eating the artichokes, my lemonade was so tart and my lips were starting to pucker, but I doubt anyone would notice (old people’s lips always look puckered). Maybe ordering a sweet tea is better when eating artichokes.

Even though this was a place to get sandwiches, I think they give the other restaurants in the area a run for their money and not just for lunch! I saw that they offer catering and I think the hospital employees across the way could order a platter from this place for healthy and delicious eats when they can’t leave.

I got tickled at the art on their wall. I saw large canvases that looked like paintings … but they were large pictures of their food. Most sandwich places have poster boards of their menu items, but this place showcased their fries and other items on a canvas. I guess that made sense because the grilled artichoke sub was a work of art. It was beautiful, tasty and easy to eat.

I was delighted with the ease, the set up and the wonderful, fresh food they offer. I didn’t order their baked cookies but you will want to get one! Go visit them today and tell them Willie Mae sent you.

Penn Station East Coast Subs 5241 Hwy. 153

Hours: Mon - Sat: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sun: Noon to 8 p.m. 

The Grilled Artichoke Sub with added chicken and fries cooked in peanut oil
The Grilled Artichoke Sub with added chicken and fries cooked in peanut oil

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