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Steve's #1 Sub Contractor, 3038 Broad River Road: early 2000s   7 comments

Posted at 5:31 pm in historic,restaurants

UPDATE 8 Mar 2009 -- More pictures:

I wanted to get a front shot of this building, but as you can see, traffic was pretty bad on Broad River Road at the time; perhaps I'll get one later. At any rate, this place, now a TitleMax loan operation was once a Steve's #1 Sub Contractor sandwich shop. Google suggests that there are still several branches of the chain in town, but not in places that I normally go -- this is the only one I can recall seeing. In the event, I never made it there, because it's a long way to go for a sandwich.

That said, what I really want to see in Columbia is something like Dagwood's Sports Bar & Deli in Surfside Beach. They have nice booths, table-service, honking-big glasses, which they keep filled, and a great you-name-the-ingredients sandwich building option with sandwiches that come on an excellent in-store fresh baked sub-roll. I've tried a number of sandwich operations in Columbia without finding its equal. I was not impressed at all with Duke's, Which-Wich is very industrial, with fountain-tea, most of the per-se "sub" shops have uncomfortable seating, Panera has odd sandwich choices, as does McAlister's and Groucho's has so-so bread. I think Very's on Two Notch comes the closest. Any suggestions?

Written by ted on March 6th, 2009

7 Responses to 'Steve's #1 Sub Contractor, 3038 Broad River Road: early 2000s'

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  1. The building in your pics was originally a Del Taco (which my wife worked at for some time).

    There also used to be a Steve's in Irmo, where Sun Ming is now. I liked eating there, although i always found their bread to be a bit dry. I think the Irmo store was sold by the original owner to a long time employee who ran it into the ground.

    For just straight up food quality, i have not found a sub sandwich in Columbia that i like better than the the subs made in the Publix deli/bakery. Boars head meat and cheese and sub rolls that are a little hard on the outside and so soft on the inside. I know that Publix wont satisfy your other requirements about seating, and big glasses, and im not sure if they even have tea, but the sandwiches are big and tasty. They even make a pretty decent Philly Cheesesteak.

    IrmoJeff

    7 Mar 09 at 7:03 am

  2. I was by the Steve's in West Columbia (or Cayce??) across from Maurice's original location and noticed that it is now a Quiznos. It was my first time over that way in a long time -- no idea how long the Steve's there has been gone. I think that was the original location; actually, it was in the Food Lion shopping center.

    I always thought Steve's was one of the best subs in town, but I definitely agree w/ IrmoJeff about the bread.

    E.J.

    7 Mar 09 at 8:28 pm

  3. The photos of the building aren't much, but you captured some nice cloud formations. Cirro-stratus, if I remember right.

    Irmo Jeff, I agree with you about the Publix Deli subs. I've eaten at several sub shops around town over the years and the Ultimate Sub they build today at the Trenholm Plaza location is my favorite. I have a friend who is hooked on their Cuban sub.

    Terry Edwards

    8 Mar 09 at 12:12 am

  4. I added some better pix. (The clouds aren't as interesting though :-)

    ted

    8 Mar 09 at 1:18 am

  5. Beezer's on Sumter St. near the Horseshoe has really great subs (I no longer live in Columbia, but I'm guessing they are still in business).

    nicole

    13 Mar 09 at 12:21 pm

  6. I third or fourth the recommendation for Publix, (Italian), although everytime I go in there, the price as risen 50 cents or so. I'm beginning to sound like the old man and the "I remember when a Boars Head Publix samich was $5.00." I keep trying to try those "huge" sandwich places like Jersey Mikes and the other one that is in Widewater, but never do. I used to LOVE the Sub Station II's ultimate. The one on St. Andrews, the one on Greene Street (closed) and the one on Marion Street (closed). Do ya'll remember Steve's jingle "We all eat Steve's Deli submarine..." sung to Yellow Submarine????

    Jonathan

    17 Mar 09 at 3:06 pm

  7. Interesting. I thought it was pretty hard to license a Beatles song for a commercial.

    ted

    17 Mar 09 at 3:26 pm

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