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.