Super sandwiches at Sam’s Sub Shop


Alisha Kirby

The 9-inch “Railroad” sandwich is inexpensive and layered with freshly fried bacon. (Photo by Alisha Kirby)

Jonathan H. Ellyson and Jonathan Ellyson

Sacramento sandwich shop serves great sandwiches

Some of the greatest restaurants are one of a kind, independently owned “holes in the wall.” Sams Map When you ask people where the best food they’ve ever had outside of their homes is, the answer is never a big chain restaurant like McDonald’s or Olive Garden. Favorite restaurants are always unique little shops, like a food truck in Chicago, a diner in San Francisco or a pizza joint on a street corner in New York City.

Sam’s Sub Shop is one of these holes in the wall known for their sub sandwiches and hot wings. The shop is pretty small, with several tables and a large television in the corner tuned to whatever sport is broadcasting. A large menu is on the wall when you enter, and on the wall behind the order counter. People say good things about the Philly cheesesteak, but they feature a sandwich called a “Railroad” – also known as a BLTTC&A (Bacon, lettuce, tomato, turkey, cheese, and avocado).

The prices are phenomenal; a 9-inch sub is $4.99 and a12-inch sub is $6.49. Options for sides include french fries – with a variety of optional toppings – as well as fried zucchini. Everything I ordered totaled less than $10.  Other menu options include a variety of cold and hot subs, burgers and other items including hot dogs and chicken.

The meal was the 9-inch “Railroad,” fried zucchini, fries, chicken wings and a soft drink. The fried zucchini stalks came out a bit soggy. The wings were served with ranch and came with celery and carrot sticks. The “sweet and spicy” sauce was pretty good.

The sandwich was the most impressive item on the plate. On many sandwiches the bacon is precooked or reheated. The bacon on this sandwich is deep fried to perfection when you order. That combined with the avocado and turkey made this one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever eaten. When all the elements mixed together it made for a sandwich greater than any simple BLT.

If you are in the Arden area or pass by Fulton I highly recommend trying the food at Sam’s Sub Shop. The shop is located at 2766 Fulton Avenue between Marconi and El Camino avenues, and is open 10:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Saturday, and closed Sundays.


Sam’s Sub Shop

2766 Fulton Avenue

10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday

closed Sundays

3.5 stars our of 5

The 10 piece bone-in sweet and spicy buffalo wings are tender and can be ordered with a side of fried zucchini.
The 10 piece bone-in sweet and spicy buffalo wings are tender and can be ordered with a side of fried zucchini.
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Sam’s Sub Shop is located at 2766 Fulton Ave. between Marconi Ave. and El Camino Ave.