Branson is about 1,200 miles from most locations on the east coast of the country, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a delicious east coast-style sub sandwich just minutes from your favorite Branson shows and attractions.
East Coast Sub Shop is a tiny little restaurant that’s almost too easy to easy to miss if you’re not looking for it. On the outside, it looks like an older home that was remodeled to fit a sub shop, appealing to those of us who appreciate the easygoing small businesses that are run by everyday, hardworking people. The property includes an outdoor eating area that is well manicured and dotted with small, circular tables and beautiful potted plants and flowers.
I walked in a little after noon, and it was obvious they were in the middle of a lunch rush. There was a short line and I could see the cook busily making sandwich after sandwich behind the counter.
Luckily, the customer service at this sub shop was great and the woman taking orders at the register moved quickly and efficiently so I wasn’t in line for very long. I could hear her addressing some customers who came in the door behind me by name, and it was clear there were quite a few regulars who came in on a consistent basis.
The menu was pretty straightforward and very low priced, with several options for cold subs, grilled sandwiches, sides and seven different house specials. I chose from the house specials and got the Baked Italian because it seemed like the most “east coasty” option.
The Baked Italian was prepared on a homemade sub roll with hard salami, cooked salami, pepperoni, capicola, provolone, onions, peppers, mayo, lettuce and tomato with Italian dressing. It came served in simple Styrofoam box with chips and a pickle.
I only waited a few minutes before the woman at the register placed my sandwich in front of me with a smile and a “Here you go hun, have a good day now.”
I couldn’t ignore the small town charm this place had even though it appeared to draw repeat visitors because of its big city, east coast style subs.
I carried my Styrofoam box out to the outdoor seating area and sat down at one of the tables. Just far enough to escape the hustle and bustle of the strip, it was an extremely peaceful location to relax for a bite to eat. And boy was that bite to eat delicious.
I’ve only been to the east coast once so I admit that I’m not the most qualified to be judging an east coast sub, but I can say that the Baked Italian was one of the most delicious sandwich I’d ever had. Baked to perfection, the cheese was warm and melted over the meats which were full of flavor and the veggies were fresh and crisp. The perfect combination of ingredients in this sandwich makes for some very happy taste buds.
My meal was filling and tasty and the atmosphere at East Coast Sub Shop makes it so you can enjoy a peaceful lunch outside or chat with the locals inside at one of the few small tables.
Whichever lunch experience you prefer, you won’t be disappointed in all that East Coast Sub Shop has to offer, so stop by and check it out next time you’re in Branson.
East Coast Sub Shop is located at 2797 Hwy. 248, Branson MO 65616, just one mile east of Sight and Sound Theatres on Shepherd of the Hills Expressway.
Hours are Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and closed on Sunday.