Sandwiches rarely outlive football teams. But consider The Sub Station an exception, as it was founded in 1972, when UCR's football team was still charging the field and shipping its players off to the pros. Founded by Richard Munio right after he returned from service in Vietnam, the 40-year old eatery boasts a long, proud tradition as a collegiate staple that has endured alongside the shop's chairs, benches, and patio, which were all handcrafted by the owner and his carpenter dad, and remain in the eatery to this very day.
Tradition plays a big role in the menu as well, as the years have overseen generations of "subbers" stuffing bread with capicola, salami, and ham, lining the creations with slices of provolone cheese and topping them all off with their secret Italian-style sauce. Alongside hot and cold subs, vegetarian sandwiches pair marinated cucumbers with avocados and melted cheeses, and salads and soups hover at the periphery of the menu, keeping company with sides such as garlic cheese bread. As diners feast in the original furnishings or gather on the outdoor patio, they can toast bottled and tap beers to the eatery's storied history or ponder a new menu of coffee drinks, available with or without cheese.