While the cold subs have their own appeal, the hot subs at Jersey Mike’s sure are great. You might find at least 11 hot subs on the menu, though the menu might be different at other locations. You may have even more hot subs to pick from, but some hot subs that may be on the menu in one location may not be available in another location. They’re not all the same, though, and some may be better for you than others.
Mike’s Famous Philly
This comes with the traditional tender steak, along with the white American cheese, grilled onions, and peppers. It’s a classic choice, and it also comes with 44g of protein along with only 720 calories. The saturated fat content and the sodium level aren’t all that low, but it’s higher with the other subs. Besides, it’s a classic choice.
Mike’s Chicken Philly
We put this top of the list because even nutritionists don’t have much to complain about it (especially when compared to other options). This is basically a sibling to the Famous Philly, and the main difference is that this time you get chicken instead of beef. But that switch reduces the sodium and fat content.
You still get the white American cheese along with the grilled onions and peppers. This comes with 45g of protein, which is great. Yet it also comes with only 670 calories, so it might even suit your diet if you’re watching your calorie intake.
Chipotle Cheese Steak
If you regard most food as bland because of the lack of spiciness, then this might catch your eye. It uses the chipotle mayo to go with the white American cheese, grilled onions, and peppers. With the freshly grilled steak, it’s just a filling option.
Just be sure you’re okay with the 1,000 calories to go with the 44g of protein. The 19g of saturated fat and 2,415mg of sodium won’t please your doctor, but if you try this just every now and then, it shouldn’t be all that worrisome.
Chipotle Chicken Cheese Steak
As you may have suspected, it replaces the steak with chicken instead. You still get the classic triumvirate of white American cheese with grilled onions and peppers, plus the chipotle mayo. You’ll also appreciate the 45g of protein.
You do reduce the calorie content from the regular chipotle cheese steak by about 60 calories, plus a reduction of almost 200mg of sodium. The saturated fat content also goes down to 15g.
Grilled Pastrami Reuben
This comes with lots of probiotics that are good for your heart, plus it only comes with 730 calories and 9g of saturated fat. That makes it a lot easier to really enjoy the tasty, perfectly grilled pastrami with the Thousand Island dressing and sauerkraut.
The sauerkraut is the real deal, and it’s responsible for all those probiotics. It’s made with just cabbage and salt, and there aren’t any preservatives.
Big Kahuna Cheese Steak
Yes, it’s big—both literally and with the taste. With the melty white American cheese, grilled onions, and peppers, you also get mushrooms and jalapeños. Yet it’s still only 770 calories with 46g of protein, although the sodium content is a bit worrisome at 2,615mg.
What saves this cheese steak is the absence of the mayo-based sauce. If that had been left in, then there would have been a lot more than the 17g of saturated fat.
Big Kahuna Chicken Cheese Steak
This is the healthier version of the Big Kahuna Cheese steak, with lower levels of just about everything—calories, fat, and sodium. The main exception is the protein content, as this has even more at 49g. It’s not as if you’re getting less flavor with the freshly grilled chicken, anyway.
Meatball and Cheese
The meatballs come with the melted provolone, which is a nice change from the usual white American cheese. It also comes with parmesan cheese along with tomato sauce.
This comes with just 810 calories, and a relatively low level of sodium at 2,018mg. But you also get 36g of protein. It’s not as much as you’d get with the other options, but it’s still substantial.
California Chicken Cheese Steak
You may not find these at all locations. But if you do, then you really should try it. You get your chicken with the white American cheese, plus tomato, mayo, and lettuce. The 910 calories may be a bit high, but at least you only get 2,039mg of sodium along with 47g of protein.
Buffalo Chicken Cheese Steak
If you want spice, you’ll get it with this hot sub. They season the chicken with the Frank’s Red Hot Sauce even while it’s on the grill. Then to balance out the flavor, you also get fresh-cut lettuce, tomatoes, and blue cheese dressing.
Bacon Ranch Chicken Cheese Steak
Last but not least, you have this. It starts with the grilled chicken, which is then topped with the white American cheese. Add the lettuce, tomato, and applewood-smoked bacon, and it’s a winner.
You only get 880 calories, but it also comes with 49g of protein. The sodium level is a bit high at 2,430, though.
It might help with your diet if you cut the sandwiches into 2 pieces, thereby reducing all the calories, sodium, and fat content in half. But that’s not always easy to do, since these hot subs are just all so tasty!