in Watertown, with dozens of franchises throughout five New England states (none in Vermont), has been operating since 1967. Its menu has evolved over the years, though, so that it now offers more than just subs. In fact, the word "sub" doesn't appear on its menus, but instead "sandwiches" -- grilled, toasted, hot or cold. There are also three soups each day (on a recent visit: lobster bisque, clam chowder and chicken noodle), as well as salads, wraps and quesadillas. All the food is made to order and grilled, not microwaved.
Suggested dish: We tried the seasonal special: a lobster roll. It's the most expensive item on the menu, by far, so we decided on a small one ($13). It had plenty of lobster chunks that were fresh and tender, the dressing was creamy but not heavy, and the lobster wasn't diluted with celery or other ingredients. It's a bit pricey but then a customer does not have to drive to the North Shore or stand in line at a crowded Faneuil Hall eatery to enjoy this delicacy of the sea.
The vibe: Franchises are clean, bright and casual, with good service.
Cool factor no. 1: Many sandwiches/subs come in three different sizes: small, medium and large.
Cool factor no. 2: There's a kids menu of five different sandwiches with soda or milk and dessert for $4.49.