Penn Station Comes to Roanoke
I really didn't know what to expect when I walked in. I wasn't sure if it would be just another version of a Subway or Firehouse Subs with the same set of sandwiches. In my opinion, it was quite different, which is a good thing. I like Subway and Firehouse but I'm glad that Penn Station brings some extra variety.
Penn Station offers some different types of sandwiches. There are a few different chicken, Italian, and classic subs and many of them can be served hot or cold. You also have the option of building your own sub. Another thing that makes them different from Subway and Firehouse is the fact that you can get an order of fries as a side, which are made to order.
I went with the Italian Sausage sub as my lunch choice during my visit. It's a toasted sub that's topped with Italian sausage, provolone, sauteed onions, green peppers, and pizza sauce. I also ordered a side of fries and a chocolate chip cookie for dessert. My total was around $10.00.
I wasn't as fond of the chocolate chip cookie. The menu says they're baked fresh daily but it reminded me of the Grandma's Chocolate Chip cookies you can get at the grocery store or in a gas station. It's not terrible but I don't think I'd get it again.
However, I really enjoyed the Italian sub and I'd definitely get that again. I'm also interested in trying the Italian, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Philly Cheesesteak, and the Reuben. And a side of fries with each one of them!
The service was also very good during my visit. The staff were extremely friendly and up-beat and you felt like they were actually enjoying working together. They also regularly walked around to check on customers and make sure people were enjoying their meals. I hope that's something they continue to do because that will really set them apart from the competition.
Penn Station East Coast Subs is new in town, but they appear to be settling in quite nicely.
Penn Station East Coast Subs
4760 Valley View Blvd.
Roanoke, VA 24012