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At Lenny’s (a chain of takeout sandwich shops) the least expensive sandwich, which cost $7.50 last week, costs $7.99 this week.

How much does a sandwich cost in flyover country?

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 27, 2013 at 12:27 PM

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  1. A gas-station hotdog costs $1.50. That’s the only kind of sandwiches we poor flyover country folks get to eat.

    Aleph One

    March 27, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    • and we like it that way!


      March 27, 2013 at 3:50 PM

  2. In north-central Ohio, subs typically run $4 to $6 depending on outlet.

    bob sykes

    March 27, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    • Lion needs to take into consideration that commercial and SWPL neighborhoods in NYC ask for more money when it comes to food, rent and other amenities.

      Biggest rip-offs are food chains in the city. Corporate junk food consumed by dumbed down idiots who pay an arm and a leg anywhere.

      Mom n’ Pop delis around NYU and Columbia University however would charge about the same price as some place in flyover. Subway and Chipotle are almost twice the price.

      Just Speculating

      March 27, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      • Subway went from promoting $5 foot longs to $3 6-inch subs – an increase in price of 20% per inch.

        I get my subs from this local Italian bakery/deli:

        A small one usually costs somewhere between $6 and $7.50, depending on the ingredients and the whims of the staff. Quality blows Subway out of the water though.


        March 27, 2013 at 7:22 PM

      • Regular boring sandwiches like roast beef and cheese are usually about $4 – $6 in less expensive neighborhoods in Manhattan and in the outer boroughs. Any SWPL section and commercial neighborhood will cost you about $7-$8.

        Foot long Subway subs and Chipotle sandwiches (and other chains like Lenny’s) cost about $7-$8 in most locations, and that’s without any promotions or combo.

        I stay away from chain food as much as possible. The food sucks and it cost too much, not to mention shoddy service, because of the usual low IQ person who work the counters for minimum wage.

        Just Speculating

        March 27, 2013 at 8:22 PM

      • Come out here to Tokyo: last year, when the yen was sky-high, a 6-inch sub cost 500 yen ($6.50) and a foot-long was 1000 ($13.00)!


        March 28, 2013 at 5:02 AM

      • Are you talking about a Subway restaurant in Tokyo? They should be ashamed to have American fast food chains in Japan.

        Just Speculating

        March 28, 2013 at 12:04 PM

  3. You need to get out there among the hicks and sticks and find out for yourself. I’d love to see a LOTB cross-country tour, with blog posts from the bluegrass of Kentucky and the oil fields of North Dakota.

    ice hole

    March 27, 2013 at 1:59 PM

  4. This does not jibe with Prof. Krugman’s models. Please check your work.


    March 27, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    • Inflation is under 2%, what are you trying to say?

      Dr. Grzlickson

      March 27, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      • No, most estimates put it at 5% to 10% per year. Here’s a site that uses older government formulas:


        March 27, 2013 at 8:10 PM

      • Thanks, but I’ll trust Federal Reserve data instead of some libertarian website you pulled out of you ass.

        Dr. Grzlickson

        March 27, 2013 at 10:52 PM


    I doubt it’s the same Lenny’s but this one says sub sandwich starting at 3.95. The website says its somewhere in Memphis, I figure that’s about right for starting price in flyover.


    March 27, 2013 at 2:31 PM

  6. Jacksonville, Fl. At a good deli you can still get an 8″ or 10″ sub for $5 (lowest price on menu) and we are an area that does the Subway $5 foot-longs. I don’t consider Subway to have the quality of a good deli & have not been in one for years. They are still popular here, however.


    March 27, 2013 at 2:51 PM

  7. $7.99? Ouch! I usually buy my lunch at a deli run by Lebanese guys in a prole Hispanic neighborhood in Philly. No sandwich costs more than $5 and things like an egg and cheese or a grilled cheese sandwich are $2.

    OT: I just skimmed the comments on the orange juice and milk threads from earlier this month. I didn’t see anyone mention Mexican Coke, which is a class free beverage. Mexican Coke comes in 12oz glass bottles and it’s made with real sugar instead of corn syrup. Prole Hispanics drink this and it’s commonly sold in bodegas around here. It’s also a popular drink with hipsters and SWPLs, who pay a lot more for it than Hispanics when they have it with brunch while “paying $18 for eggs.” I’ve never seen prole blacks drinking it, though. They prefer Pepsi.


    March 27, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    • Pro tip: Kosher Coke is also made with real sugar.


      March 27, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    • Robert – That’s interesting about Mexican Coke. In a way, it sounds like hipsters and SWPLs have “gentrified” Mexican Coke, in that they adopted something from the lower classes and elevated its social standing. An analogous example would be Papst Blue Ribbon. PBR was once enjoyed authentically by blue-collar proles, but hipsters began to drink it “ironically,” precisely because of its lower class, rustbelt identification. Over time, it began to be accepted as a commendable beer in its own right, and now a guy can order a PBR and receive none of the scorn he would otherwise receive for drinking Bud or Coor’s. Proles used to enjoy PBR authentically, hipsters then started to drink it ironically, but now anyone can drink it and not have his social standing affected, at least in Seattle.

      American Coke is certainly prole, but since SWPLs are on an organic kick, Mexican Coke may very well end up being thoroughly “gentrified.”


      March 27, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      • @Sid American Coke is prole, but it’s still enjoyed secretly by many. I’ve noticed that a lot of people who you wouldn’t think would drink a 20oz Coke otherwise will order one when they go to the local indie/foreign/art film movie theater, even if the place sells coffee, bottled water, etc. For some reason, it’s socially acceptable for SWPLs to drink Coke at the movies. Maybe the dark hides their shame. I think drinking Mexican Coke is just a socially acceptable way for SWPLs to publicly indulge a guilty pleasure. Mexican Coke is imported, it comes in a glass bottle rather than a plastic bottle or can and, of course, it’s Mexican and liking something Mexican sends a subtle “I like diversity” message to other SWPLs.


        March 27, 2013 at 8:35 PM

      • The Hipsters in Austin love Mexican bottled mineral water. Topo Chico. It’s a phenomenon. The jokes about ‘don’t drink the water in Mexico’ are all played out by now. You can get a Topo Chico at any bar in the city. Whole Foods, the prole grocery chain.


        March 27, 2013 at 9:16 PM

  8. “prole Hispanic neighborhood in Philly”

    Yes I was going to suggest slumming it to a crappy neighborhood where prepared mom & pop meals are practically free. Might I add, I hope the lion is not eating chametz during this sacred season.


    March 27, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    • I eat at a local Colombian place a couple of times per week. It’s not super-cheap, but it’s a great value. I can get a big, delicious, perfectly cooked skirt steak there with an avocado-mango salad on the side for $14.


      March 27, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      • The Food Network has a show called Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives where the host visits ultra prole diners in search of delicious, unhealthy foods. Some of the stuff on that show looks fantastic.


        March 27, 2013 at 10:53 PM

  9. $7.25 for a 7.5-inch sub at Jersey Mike’s on the south side of Cincinnati today. Of course I got it for free because a worker stopped by my office with a couple free coupons…


    March 27, 2013 at 3:27 PM

  10. Icehole, I’m occupying the bluegrass of Kentucky as we speak…and I can’t wait to get the hell out.


    March 27, 2013 at 3:28 PM

  11. Eh, $4 or $5 for a regular sandwich in Kansas or Oklahoma. You want to know what’s really great in Oklahoma? Gasoline. Forget trying to shave 5 or 10 cents a gallon off, you cross the state border into Oklahoma and shave like 25 to 30 cents off. I don’t know how border gas stations on the Kansas side survive.


    March 27, 2013 at 3:33 PM

  12. Sanwiches? In Manhatt?

    I thought Bloomberg BANNED those
    murderous indulgences for sophisticates


    March 27, 2013 at 3:49 PM

  13. I don’t know. The woman makes them for me.


    March 27, 2013 at 5:03 PM

  14. Food prices have been inflating faster than the national average because the government artificially keeps food expensive because BIG-Agriculture bribes them to put up food import barriers.

    Tis nothing more than value transference.

    It’s interesting that agriculture is the one private sector area of the economy that neither party wants to expose to free trade forces. Btw, I would love for these barriers to be eliminated so my food expenses could fall. A 50% or more fall in the price of food would be great for restaurants because more Americans could afford to eat more often. The waiters would also be tipped more if food costs were reduced.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    March 27, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    • Its more complicated. Most countries have agriculture subsidies and import barriers. I’ve never read an analysis but suspect, all things considered, it results in lower prices.


      March 27, 2013 at 8:38 PM

      • It normally results in higher prices. Ethanol subsidies for the corn lobby raise the cost of food by making corn less available for other farmers. The government pays farmers to destroy crops to keep prices high. The sugar lobby blocks cheaper cane sugar imports to inflate the prices of inferior and less tasty American fructose based sugar. Food would be much cheaper without these subsidies. There’s no reason why food should be more than 50% of what they are today.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        March 27, 2013 at 11:30 PM

  15. It seems like I pay $9.something for a regular Jersey Mikes sub and iced tea but I also pay $9.something for cup of sup and half a sandwich and iced tea at Jasons Deli which is arguably better in all respects. It seems that’s increased 25% over the last couple years but it’s the premium to pay to keep the violent minorities out.

    S_McCoy The Winged Lion of Lunch

    March 27, 2013 at 7:27 PM

  16. Within a one-block radius of Willis Tower in Chicago, one can get a sandwich for $3.99, though five or six dollars is more the norm.


    March 27, 2013 at 7:47 PM

  17. East coast of central FL – Subway foot-long for $5 – $7. I’ve been eating lunch at Subway 3x per week since 1990, and I;m sure the price was $5 back then as well. Wow, that’s about $18K in subs!

    E. Rekshun

    March 27, 2013 at 8:29 PM

  18. A large club sandwich at Thundercloud Subs — the largest independent sandwich outfit in Austin — runs $5.59. A “NY Italian” is $5.29, a “Texas Tuna” is $6.19.


    March 27, 2013 at 9:13 PM

  19. There’s a somewhat gross bodega right near me, out here in the wilds of Suffolk County, that’s handy for late-night beer runs. They also have a deli counter, and the sandwiches seem to range from $4 to $6.50. The ones toward the lower end are on hard rolls, while the ones at the $6.50 end are on hero rolls.
    Note: when I was in the bodega not long ago I got all excited when I saw a wine bottle of blue liquid in the beer cooler. Could it be a flavor of Thunderbird or Mad Dog 20/20? Alas, it was merely Boone’s Farm, which has too little alcohol to qualify as a bum wine. Dang.



    March 27, 2013 at 9:45 PM

  20. One thing the outer boroughs do far, far better than Manhattan: sandwiches. It’s extremely difficult to get a normal hero in Manhattan these days.


    March 28, 2013 at 5:56 AM

    • That’s because the Italian ethnics, and to a certain degree Jews are gone from their days when they ruled Manhattan.

      Now the boring SWPL transplants will eat all kinds of chain crap and overpay for their apartment.

      Just Speculating

      March 28, 2013 at 12:17 PM

  21. This isn’t “6.5% inflation,” it’s one merchant adjusting a price point. Customers are sensitive to price changes, obviously, and when they need to be made, they should be larger than what would be expected with gradual increases, especially on low end goods like sadwiches. Would you have preferred them to have quarterly 13 cent increases?

    8 bucks for a sandwich in Manhattan isn’t really so bad, and that’s just the price the market will sustain. A comparable item in Chicago would likely be $7, and $4-6 in smaller markets of the Midwest. You pay a premium because you live in huge metropolis with lots of tourists.


    March 28, 2013 at 9:29 AM

  22. At Jersey Mike’s here in the Seattle suburbs, the cheapest sandwich, a ‘mini’ original, is like $5.25 IIRC. $8 minimum is pretty high, if we’re talking about standard sandwich types and sizes, e.g. italian, roast beef, etc


    March 28, 2013 at 2:20 PM

  23. My go to Midtown deli raised the price of bagel & cream cheese from $2.00 to $2.25. So I went across the street and the deli there was charging $1.91 … Guess who has a new go-to deli. And there’s another deli opening up on Monday 200 feet away.

    suburban dad

    March 28, 2013 at 5:22 PM

  24. $6.04 for the regular sized sandwiches at the mom and pop deli near my office in my metro area of 3.5 million in the middle of the country. $8.13 for their extra large offerings.

    Mohammed Chang

    April 6, 2013 at 12:11 PM

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