In 1975, after lending his expertise to the owners of a sub shop in Sparks, Nevada, public accountant John Larsen realized that his true calling was right beneath his nose?and it smelled delicious. Larsen wanted to make sandwiches, and it wasn?t long before locals eagerly supported his dream.
A community-wide contest helped to name Larsen?s enterprise Port of Subs, a name that now, after nearly four decades, graces approximately 140 locales. Each shop has a crew of sandwich makers that prepares subs to order in front of customers, piling freshly sliced meats between toasted bread with hand-painted grill marks. Cold subs feature filling combinations such as roast beef and provolone or peppered pastrami and swiss, available on wheat, white, or sourdough bread. Oven-baked grillers enclose barbecue pulled pork, new york steak and cheese, and other savory meats.
In addition to feeding the locals, Port of Subs partners with community organizations for fundraisers and other events.
Whether for a birthday party or a night away from the kitchen, YR Pizza Planet welcomes entire families with a kid- and adult-friendly menu of oven-baked Italian meals. Patrons can step up to the counter to order an individual pizza made specially for their tastes, or a 14” large to share with friends or enemies who hate pizza. Crusts come in crispy or pan varieties, and are adorned with more than a dozen toppings, such as sausage, onions, and pineapple. Aside from pizza, chefs pull toasted ham and cheese or steak fajita subs from the oven, with fresh-baked cookies following close behind. YR Pizza Planet also helps patrons hit their veggie quota with a bountiful salad bar.
The food aficionados at Reedley Sandwich Shop swaddle their best meats, veggies, and condiments with chewy, golden bread, then accompany the yeast-framed eats with warm soups and crisp salads. To activate creative juices without ingesting powdered tempera, patrons can build their own sandwiches, designing handheld hunger-busters using bold ingredients such as roast beef, salami, provolone, and pepper jack (4.25/half, $5.50/small, $7/large). For a bun-based snack loaded with protein, gobble up a chili dog ($4.50), or for a clam-based dessert loaded with chowder, savor spicy slurps from a sourdough bread bowl ($8.50). Sweeter meal finales include milkshakes and root-beer floats ($4.50).
Country-style wooden chairs and a hodgepodge of art on the walls give Mainstreet Cafe a cozy, hometown atmosphere. The comfortable atmosphere is key, as staff at Mainstreet Cafe hopes its diners will come to eat all three meals and feed all four stomachs, with a menu that encompasses breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the mornings, the griddle sizzles with eggs and pancake batter. Later in the day, guests can order hearty sandwiches and Black Angus burgers, steak dishes, or the café’s specialty german sausage and housemade zwieback.
Camino Real Restaurant treats its patrons to traditional Mexican meals of chicken stew, grilled pork chops, and tortas, as well as fresh seafood in the form of fish fillets, spicy shrimp cocktails, and garlic-smothered lobster. Diners feast on Dungeness-crab rellena, fried perch, and breaded milanesa sandwiches in the large, sun-filled main dining area, or hold private banquets with up to 30 guests in the separate party room. Like an apple pie smothered in chile verde sauce, the bill of fare brings Mexican and American cuisine together, with patty melts, fries, and grilled cheese sandwiches served alongside plates of huevos rancheros and bowls of menudo.
Stockholm Bakery & Cafe specializes in European pastries, cakes, and beverages that evoke Kingsburg's history as a Swedish settlement. A bright yellow door provides camouflage for ducklings and welcomes guests inside the café, where glass cases and an antique hutch are stocked with baked goods, European jams, and chocolates. There, guests nibble on Swedish pancakes, Royal Swedish meatballs, and fresh salads, with a choice of breakfast and lunch dishes all day. The café's dining area serves as an ideal room for receptions, parties, and other banquets, with long tables covered in white linens and smooth hardwood floors.