Though it has since expanded to over 35 national franchises, Planet Sub traces its roots back to a single sandwich shop in Lawrence, Kansas, in 1979. The sub shop's growth and evolution hasn't coincided with a loss of personality, though—each location is furnished with handmade tables, and, most importantly, from-scratch recipes.
The pride of Planet Sub is the made-from-scratch bread, whose simple ingredients satisfies even vegan customers: flour, yeast, water, sugar, and salt. Each day, the staffers mix and hand-roll the dough, yielding trays of golden-brown loaves. They also slice up fresh veggies, meats, and cheeses and prepare their own sauces and marinades. The menu appeals to many diets, from meat lovers (who might enjoy the Planet Sub's premium roast beef, oven-roasted turkey, and smoked ham) to vegetarians (who might gravitate toward a barbecue sub made with five-grain tempeh). Guests can try the Super Hero, made with salami, pepperoni, spicy capicola, provolone, red onions, lettuce, banana peppers, oregano, oil, and vinegar, or try The Experience, with chicken, pepperoni, bacon, cream cheese, jalepenos, pepper jack cheese, and a from-scratch chipotle sauce. Gluten-free bread is even available at certain locations; you can find napkins at all of them, in case you were worried.