B Street Subs Review
Today I decided to grab a sub dinner at a local sub shop and pizzeria on Baltimore Street, named aptly, “B Street Subs.” Parking was a bit cramped and limiting, being confined to a strip rear to the building in an alley. I quickly got the impression that many people enjoy B Street by delivery and sometimes pickup. Regardless, I had time to kill in the area and decided to eat on location.
When I arrived, a man in the kitchen came to greet me. He was friendly and patient as I checked out the menu and slowly made my choices. I couldn’t pass up their main claim-to-fame, the Cheesesteak hoagie (along with a 20oz bottle of Dr. Pepper). The menu breaks down your choices into 5 or so steps so you can customize your hero. I placed my order around 4:20pm.
I asked the man if they had a public restroom I could use. He said yes and then verbally directed me there. The bathroom was well-kept. It’s a single room with a lock. There was plenty of hand soap and even the obligatory sign explaining to employees how thoroughly they must wash their hands.
After taking care of that business, I picked one of the many empty tables to sit. This place was not crowded. Nobody, besides staff and the occasional customer for pick-up, was there at all. B-Street Subs is an excellent candidate for a place to hang out or meet. I will note, however, that there is no free wifi.
The interior looked interesting and inspired. Stylized skateboards adorned the walls as punk music (like Nirvana), on 105.7 the X, played over the speakers. I could tell that the business wanted to appeal to a younger, more angsty crowd. The lighting was great and the architecture seemed rustic with a modern finish. There were plenty of ceiling fans to cool down customers and staff alike during the summer.
While I waited for my food, the same man that greeted me and took my order asked me if I wanted a cup of ice for the bottle of soda I purchased. I gladly accepted and he promptly brought it out to me. The ice chunks were uncommonly large and novel. I also thought it was excellent customer service to offer without prompting.
About 12 minutes from ordering, my cheesesteak sub was delivered to my table from the same man, who asked, “Does it look good?” I answered, “Looks great!” and I wasn’t lying or just being polite. Take a look at the picture below.
Even better than the appearance, the lettuce tasted fresh, the banana peppers were tart, the bread not too thick yet not too soggy, the mayonnaise and cheese levels appropriate, and—most importantly—the beef was thinly sliced and well-seasoned. It was a fine cheesesteak sub. Being 8 inches, it was a little more food than I needed.
When I got up to leave, the same man told me not to worry about throwing out the remainders of my dinner and implored me to have a great day. The customer service was beyond expectations. The food was tasty and reasonably priced. I left the establishment feeling like I had a worth-while dining experience from a local food venue. 5 out of 5 stars.