The college sandwich shop is an essential foodstitution. Puffy sub rolls sloppily stuffed with meat-cheese goodness, served for just a few bucks out of a dive that closes before dinnertime. It’s a necessity. It keeps students alive, and it keeps graduates coming back more for meatballs than memories.
I was raised on this. My parents operated exactly this in Eugene, Oregon, a shop called Giant Grinder. That was a long time ago, before Subway and Quizno’s ruined the concept. When I went to school in Reno, I had to live on Blimpie’s. It barely cut the mustard.
I’ve got my favorite Vegas sandwich spots, but I’m no UNLV student, so I can’t be the authority on this topic. But if I could nominate a shop for your consideration, it’d be the six-month-old 7 Sinful Subs from journeyman chef Vic “Vegas” Moea. It’s right across from campus on Maryland Parkway and it specializes in perfectly portioned hot subs full of flavor for $9-$10. It’s a natural.
My first option is the Knuckle Sandwich ($8.99), a super savory pile of grilled salami, pepperoni and ham in a toasty roll with melted mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, mayo, and tangy Champagne vinaigrette. It hits all the marks—hot and cold, crisp and tender, salty and fresh. The Skinny Dip ($9.99) melds French dip and cheesesteak right down to the side of au jus, and the handmade meatball sub is sinfully satisfying. This is hungry college kid food personified.
7 Sinful Subs 4632 S. Maryland Parkway #12, 702-998-2555. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.