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Blimpie’s 50th Anniversary Offers 50 Cent Subs

Blimpie Best sub

Blimpie Best sub

Today, April 4th, marks Blimpie’s 50th Anniversary, and to celebrate the chain is selling their “Blimpie Best” sub for 50 cents to the first 200 customers. However if you miss the lunch rush, from May 5th until June 29th customers can try their luck to win a cruise to the 50th state- Hawaii.

Blimpie was founded by three high school friends in Hoboken, New Jersey, who aimed to create “the best sub on the planet.” The best selling “Blimpie Best” is  made of slow-cured ham, prosciuttini, cappacola, salami and provolone and dressed The Blimpie Way with tomatoes, lettuce, onion, oil, vinegar and oregano all on a sub roll. However since Blimpie, there have been quite a few other chains vying for the title.

Hot on its heels, Subway will be celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2015. Will Jared make a return? The chain started with a $1,000 loan to a 17 year-old aspiring doctor. 37,000 chains later, it just proves that young bucks are common in the sub industry.

Take Jimmy John’s, founded by a 19 year-old with “two first names.” Their marketing pitch: “It’s damn good, it’s damn fast, at a decent price.” The only fear we have is exactly how fast over the speed limit the delivery drivers go to meet their timeline?

Then there was Quizno’s, which just went bankrupt after more than 30 years. (Don’t worry, there are still chains operating.) They brought the heat, literally, by toasting subs. Remember these cute creatures? That seems to be the last good buzz we’d heard from these guys.

But let’s not forget the oldest- Jersey Mike’s Subs. Well, technically it was “Mike’s Subs” in 1956 and wasn’t bought out, franchised or renamed Jersey Mike’s Subs until 1972. And guess the main similarity between this and the other sub chains? The sole proprietor was 17 years old when he bought the business with a loan.

Does anyone else find it interesting that most of these sub chains were started  by teenagers who needed loans?

-By Alexa Lampasona for the Food & More blog

10 comments Add your comment

Dangerous Dave

April 4th, 2014
9:28 am

I always liked Blimpie over Subway. Had a Jersey Mike’s once, was not impressed at all. The 1 or 2 Jimmy John’s I’ve had were pretty good. Baldino’s has a great sub, or at least they used to, haven’t had one in years due to the convenience factor. But the best sub around for me is Publix, hands down.


April 4th, 2014
10:29 am

Well I do like subway & blimple in that order. But obviously, many of you haven’t had the opportunity to try the Firehouse Sub. Truly off the chain. More expensive than blimpie & subway but definitely worth it & by the way you need $25,000 to open your own.

try kroger

April 4th, 2014
10:37 am

Blimpie and subway (my least favorite even if Jared did loose alot of weight) have been around for quite sometime but there is some new……Kroger is the best for their subs lots of boars head meat without all the bread (take note subway)…they also use different types of spreads outside of regular mayo (the gourmaise is delish) try one out today cause you are missing a real treat…Kudos to Kroger!!!


April 4th, 2014
5:45 pm

If Blimpie ever decides to put meat back on their sandwiches, I may try them again. Putting money down for a bread sandwich is not my idea of a sub!

Ptc Dawg

April 5th, 2014
7:53 pm

Publix, Boars Head Ultimate with ALL the trimmings…


April 7th, 2014
9:08 pm

I got fifty cents that the fifty cent sub that you get doesn’t look like the picture at the top of the article.


April 9th, 2014
12:20 pm

Ptc Dawg…….good call on Publix subs. Winn-Dixie also does a good sub but a distant 2nd to Publix. They have good deli meat it is just not Boars Head.

Typical Redneck

April 10th, 2014
2:53 pm

Baldinos is king. I like Larry’s Giant Subs after them.

berry steve

April 11th, 2014
8:07 am

Of the chains, I like Larry’s & Firehouse. Blimpie won’t get my business. Can’t imagine they lasted 50 years. Put them dead last on my list.

berry steve

April 11th, 2014
10:12 am

That pic of the .50 sub has more meat on it than thier $6.00 sub. Who do they think they are kidding?