Traveling through Macedonia, I spotted Dave's Cosmic Subs. Started in Chagrin Falls, I hadn't known of Dave's nor realized that it was a chain. I was drawn to go in because its sign says, "Cosmic".
It was a weekday and a little after 1 PM and I was the only patron. As I walked in, a sign posted in the window told of it being voted the #1 sub by Scene Magazine. I was promptly greeted by the only other person in the shop. He asked if it was my first time to Dave's. I told him that it was and I asked what made Dave's subs "Cosmic". He firmly replied that it was the Italian sauce. I then asked which sub was the one to get. He asked whether I wanted a hot or cold sub. Cold. Regular or spicy? Spicy. He then told me about "The Crazy Dave". That sounded like exactly what I wanted.
While the sub was being prepared, I further studied the menu board. I saw "The Crazy Dave" was number 8 on this board and later learned that this was the sub that was voted number 1. Why, then, don't they call it number 1?
The meal deal allowed me to select from a choice of chips and a large selection of plastic and glass bottled beverages. I selected Dave's private labeled rootbeer and a bag of jalapeno chips. Within a few minutes, my sub was ready.
It was no struggle to find a seat as I was still the only patron. I found one that was somewhat centered in the dining area so I could gaze upon the 1960's rock n roll stuff that adorned the walls. I then unwrapped the carefully crafted sub, opened the chips and took a swig of the rootbeer.
I always like to start with the right hand piece with the crown of the sub roll facing away from me and turned so I can bite into the cut side. I opened up and bit into the most incredible sub roll I think I've ever had. The crust was wafer thin, yet so crunchy that I thought the sound of it crunching would shatter glass.
Very powerful, lively flavors of the "Cosmic" sauce, peppers, meat and vegetables jumped across my tongue. That bite was sufficient for me to validate its number 1 standing. Now I really don't understand why it's not listed number 1 on the menu board.
For the purpose of this critique, with that bite alone I was done. But, I had to eat the rest since I was hungry and the sub was fantastic. I don't think I could tire of "The Crazy Dave". And, it was so good that I don't think I can pry myself away from it to try any other sub on that menu. If you have not had a sub from Dave's Cosmic Subs, get one and EAT UP!
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