Today was a big day for sub lovers in Springfield, Illinois. Penn Station East Coast Subs, a grilled sub joint that I first discovered while living in St. Louis, has a home on the west side of Springfield now. Located at 2983 Lindbergh Ave, just across the street from Walmart, you’ll find Penn Station tucked into the corner of the strip mall. It’s open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, closing at 10pm Monday through Saturday and 8pm on Sundays.
We took the family in during the grand opening lunch hour which was not surprisingly, extremely busy. It seems the staff was trained well because despite the crowd, the line was moving very quickly. As you walk in the front door you’re greeted with a huge menu right on the wall. Subs come in sizes ranging from 4″ for kids to 12″ for very hungry adults. And of course, you can’t get a grilled sub without the fresh cut fries!
Your first stop is the register where you order your sub, then travel down to the second register to pay for your meal and grab any extras like the larger than life chocolate chip cookies. You’ll also notice they have a fridge stocked with fresh meats, cheeses and produce.
When your name is called out, your piping hot sub and fries is delivered right to your table. You’ll notice the subs are served open-faced. Have fun squeezing that baby shut, it’s not an easy task. I went for my personal favorite, the Chicken Parmesan that comes loaded with grilled chicken breast chunks, provolone, Parmesan, oregano and pizza sauce. You can also add in toppings like grilled onions and mushrooms. The only thing I could complain about when it comes to Penn Station is the lack of black olives. I really, really love black olives on my subs but it’s not a topping they carry.
The day before I won a ticket to the friends & family preview lunch that got us a sub a day before the grand opening. Unfortunately, I had two little girls at home with me so my husband took my ticket and brought a hot sub home for me. Whether you dine in or carry out, these subs are crazy delicious!
When the weather decides to cool down a bit, there’s also a small patio for an outdoor lunch or dinner.
Even though our three kids absolutely love Penn Station East Coast Subs, we’ll be saving our visits for mom and dad lunch dates during the school year. Three subs, fries, drinks and two kids meals ran up a bill of $42. It’s a bit pricey for a lunch but 110% worth it. You just can’t get a grilled subs like these anywhere in the Springfield area.
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