By Brittany Llorente
VERO BEACH -- When it comes to freshly sliced meats and cheeses on a wonderfully prepared sub, there is a superior choice.
SUBperior Sandwiches sets themselves apart from the competition by priding themselves in perfectly crafted subs, sandwiches and salads, and delivering a taste above all others.
During the day, Meredith and Steve Rich, owners of SUBperior Sandwiches, make sure every hungry body that comes through the door leaves full and happy.
The menu is incredible, with selections or any appetite or diet.
Every customer is greeted by the family-like staff and more than likely, by first name.
"We get to know everyone," Mr. Rich said. "We have the same customers who come in and they're all good people."
All subs are served on a choice of either white or wheat bread.
The premium subs are the best of the best in the sub world.
The Super Supreme and the Super Steak are favorites on the menu by sheer value and content.
The Super Supreme is a signature sub with turkey, ham, capicola ham, roast beef, salami, pepperoni and cheese.
The sandwich is massive. I had the half portion and it was more than filling.
The bountiful layers of each meat were perfectly complimented by the incredibly fresh vegetables.
The lettuce was crisp, the tomatoes freshly sliced and the pickles were a wonderful addition.
There are plenty of other toppings available, including banana peppers, onions, cucumbers, black olives, jalapenos, roasted red and green peppers, mayo, mustard, spicy mustard, ranch, honey mustard, house vinaigrette, salt, pepper, oregano and parmesan cheese.
Premium toppings include mushrooms, extra cheese, bacon and extra meat.
I also tried the hot pastrami, one of the specials of the week. Though it is not always on the menu, the popular sub is in high demand when available.
"The minute we mention that we have the Hot Pastrami or any of our special subs on Facebook, we have people coming in and looking for it," Mr. Rich said.
It was no wonder that the Hot Pastrami is a favorite. Piled high with pastrami and melted cheese, it is definitely a sub to look for.
My guest's sub was the Super Steak, a sub that he orders every time he goes to SUBperior Sandwhiches.
It is loaded with steak, bacon, mushrooms, onions and peppers, with a choice of cheese. My guest's choice was the cheese sauce.
With each bite of each sub we tried, freshness was the key to the taste.
"A lot of (the flavor) has to do with the bread," Mr. Rich said. "Everything is fresh, hand cut and hand sliced. All the meats and cheeses are hand sliced every day."
Though the subs are the heart and soul, there are also salads and sides including mouthwatering pasta salad and coleslaw.
For Mr. and Mrs. Rich, the shop is a home away from home.
"We are here all the time, my kids live here," Mr. Rich said.
He was quickly followed up by Mrs. Rich, saying that they were grateful that they were able to have a place that their children and family could participate in the business.
"We have fun and we have a great group of people and we have great customers," Mrs. Rich said. "We always wanted to have a place like this, and here we are."
Sometimes the couple's children, Jake and Josh work on the weekends and Mr. Rich's father, Warren, works on the weekends delivering.
It truly is a family restaurant, where even the customers feel like family.
Several of the frequent customers have brought in decorations for the shop making it a scrapbook of memories.
Everything that hangs on the wall has a story, whether it is a drawing, some Lego figures or the boats and pictures.
The family hopes to build more memories with more customers in the shop as they keep up with the demand for their amazing subs.
One week in March they made 564 sandwiches. Each one of those subs was made with the promise that you will come back for more.
SUBperior Sandwiches is located at 308 Old Dixie Highway, Vero Beach.
Their hours of operation are Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are closed on Sunday.
For more information, call (772) 774-8809 or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Subperiorsandwiches.