Pacific Subs 

When it comes to Idaho, there are only a few things related to submarines. Lake Pend Oreille in the northern part of the state is one of the deepest in the world and the fifth-deepest lake in the United States. It is the founding home of the Farragut Naval Training Station where the U.S. Navy tests large-scale prototype submarines. Also, there is a Los Angeles-class nuclear attack submarine SSN-764 that is named the "Boise." Other than that, we're a landlocked state.

The submarine also lends its name to a sandwich. Legend heralds that the sandwich that became known as the submarine sandwich (or sub) was brought to America in the early 1900s by an Italian immigrant named Dominic Conte. He named the sandwich for the shape of the baguette roll that resembled the shape of a submarine hull. The sandwich is also known as the hoagie, the grinder, the torpedo and the hero, to name a few variations. Interestingly enough, I was heavily recruited by the U.S. Navy out of high school spend time on a submarine tending to the reactors. It was an interesting idea but the thought of being cooped up being underwater all the time was not my idea of fun at the tender young age of 18. All of these thoughts raced through my mind as my dining companions and I ordered our food at Pacific Subs on Main Street.

Sandwiched between The Hangar and Pengilly's Saloon in downtown Boise, this sub shop stays open late and delivers until 3 a.m. It's nothing fancy, but the ingredients look fresh and they have a large variety of sandwiches and a few salads. Our order included the Big Fella (med. $6.99), which is replete with Genoa salami, capicola, ham, roast beef, turkey breast, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and onions. We also got a small turkey sandwich ($3.57), a small veggie ($3.57) and a medium TBA ($4.99), which along with the turkey, bacon and avocado from which it gets its name, also has provolone cheese, Ranch dressing, lettuce and tomato. It's the kind of place that is nice to drop in for a sandwich to go. The prices are fair and they even serve beer.

I have to admit, some of the hardest reviews to do are at restaurants that are decidedly average. It would have to blow me out of the water for me to get too excited. On the other hand, it does blow away chain sub shops. And, I'd rather eat a sub than live in one.

--Bingo Barnes lives in a glass house.

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