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The Sub




 Amherst Center

Food 40/60

 Atmosphere 17/30

Attitude 8/10

Value 81/100


Short-Order Eatery
11am-3am daily.

33 E. Pleasant St.
(413) 549-5160

Bar: None
Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations: Not Accepted

Food after llpm. Delivery.
No web site.


This non-chain, open-late, fast-food standby on the edge of downtown Amherst has been here since 1977, a fact that's a bit surprising given the chain-like ambiance and sporadic stream of value-conscious customers. The Sub is fast food beginning to end. The tuna sub isn't bad, nor is the mustard grilled chicken sub. Homemade lasagna is also good- "loaded with cheese and sauce" good, that is; it's simple comfort food. And while Subway might have fresher bread, The Sub prepares such standards as steak and cheese with much more American short-order elemental goodness, frying the steak on a griddle, for example, rather than sticking pre-made packets of ingredients into the microwave. The sub is just plain better. And anyway, wouldn't you rather support a local business? Prices here are reasonable, if not quite as low as they should be. Pizza is not the way to ga-it has more grease than taste. Other non-sub offerings include baked manicotti, calzones, and Greek sandwiches, but predictably, the subs are generally the best choice here.

There's barely any atmosphere: white walls, white floors, a few industrial-looking booths. The attitude can also be a bit curt. If you're looking for a dining experience, you're obviously in the wrong place. Take-out and free delivery are good options. The delightfully late hours draw in some of the hungry post-bar crowd, who are more than likely oblivious to the place's shortcomings-as, indeed, one must be when seeking food in Amherst at that hour. Sometimes alcohol is the best sauce.

Review from The Menu by Robin Goldstein and Clare Murumba, Used with permission.
The Menu may be purchased from by following the link to the left.

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