Balloons and streamers heralded the opening of a new Togo's restaurant in Granada Hills in the OSH shopping center last month -- right across the street from the Jersey Mike's opened in 2010.
Sadly, it was no edge-of-the-seat contest, as one combatant's the victory was swift and decisive. Seems that the new sub in town just couldn't hold off the Jersey boy.
Our panel of six tasters -- which included a new mom eager to shake off the shackles of her pregnancy-proscribed cold cut drought -- quickly came to unanimous consensus that Jersey Mike's Number 13, the "Original Italian" bested Togo's Number 16, simply called "The Italian."
Taster comments on Togos:
"It's bland, but salty."
"The bread is soggy."
"It's kind of flavorless."
"It's not bad, but it doesn't compare."
Taster comments on Jersey Mike's:
"There's more meat, with more texture."
"The bread is crustier."
"There's more vinegar, which makes it tangy."
The main downside to Jersey Mike's: the significant improvement in taste comes at a significantly higher price. Mike charges $7.75 for a regular, versus $5.75 for the regular size at Togo's. True, the Jersey Mike's regular is 1.5 inches longer than the 6 inch Togo's sub, but two bucks seems like a big jump just for an extra inch and a half.
Bottom line: if you want a perfectly serviceable, and far cheaper sub, go to Togo's. But if you want a Jersey Shore-style party in your mouth, walk across the street.
Stay tuned: Next up, Giga Granada Hills stages a food fight between Jersey Mike's and the grandaddy of all Granada Hills sandwich shops, Italia Deli.