Lou’s Giant Subs combines tradition and quality to make the perfect sandwich
By Malcolm McClintock
Located across the street from the home of the Good Year Blimp, Lou’s Giant Subs has perfected the art of sandwich making over several generations. Family owned and operated, this Pompano Beach landmark had been providing world famous subs for thousands of customers since 1971.
“We use nothing but the freshest ingredients” says Lou Sottini, and the clients seem to agree. With a reputation for quality fare at a reasonable price, this restaurant has a following that defies belief.
I arrived around lunchtime on a typical weekday. As I sat down at one of the tables, I noticed a cargo train on the Dixie tracks come to a halt right across the road. To my amazement, the conductor jumped out and dodged traffic to find welcome refuge at Lou’s.
A 6” roast beef sub later, the engineer refilled his drink at the self-service counter, gave a courteous wave and sprinted out the door back to his waiting train. It was remarkable to think that this gentleman probably saw hundreds of restaurants along his route but picked Lou’s Giant Subs as his eatery of choice.
I was suddenly excited at the prospect of trying a train-halting sub from Lou’s. The choices were numerous and the service from the long-time staff quite friendly. From spiced ham to turkey breast to crabmeat, every sandwich is made to order according to one’s desire.
From the grill, items such as sausage and Mahi-Mahi, steak and chicken provide hot options that are generally poorly represented at regular sandwich shops. In addition, their newly introduced wraps provide a healthy alternative that will satisfy even the most discriminating calorie conscious diner.
Wanting a simple taste sensation, I requested a run-of-the-mill ham and cheese sub with the full complement of toppings. To my delight I received a little masterpiece of Virginia ham, Provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, oil, vinegar, oregano, sweet peppers, mayonnaise, and hot mustard.
Wedged between two slices of baked-fresh sub bread, my order provided an explosion of flavor that reminded me why sandwich making was an under-appreciated art form. And with the owner’s sons TJ and Lou Jr. preparing subs for all the customers, I knew that family pride would keep this thriving business alive and well for many years to come.
“We make everything fresh and also have a great time with the customers” says TJ, the next generation in charge of feeding the hungry folks in Pompano and beyond. With party subs and platters for the office crowd, Lou’s Giant Subs provides the perfect way to fulfill the needs of any number of appetites.
With hundreds of fishing pictures adorning the walls, dozens of drinks on tap including beer and countless sandwich options starting at under $5, Lou’s Giant Subs is one stop that allows visitors to enjoy the true spirit of Pompano Beach without spending a fortune. Open ever day of the week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (10-5 Sundays), this giant little sub shop will not only entertain you with its memorabilia, but you will fill your belly with the tastiest subs in town as well!
Pompano Beach, FL 33060 954-946-9600