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White House Sub Shop

2301 Arctic Ave., Atlantic City, NJ - (609) 345-1564
Posted By Michael Stern on 11/18/2006 9:17:00 PM
You will find excellent subs in and around Philadelphia as well as in other locations throughout the Northeast, but once you’ve dined at The White House Sub Shop, everything else seems second best. We know eaters so passionate about these beauteous sandwiches that they regularly have them shipped via courier to wherever they happen to be when the craving strikes, even if it's halfway around the world from Atlantic City.

Each sandwich is about two feet long, loaded with ingredients that range from fancy white tuna fish to meatballs and sauce. The "White House Special" is a tide of cold cuts -- Genoa salami, ham, capicola, and provolone cheese -- all tightly packed inside the loaf, lubricated with olive oil, decorated with lettuce and bits of sweet pepper.

The ingredients are excellent, but submarine connoisseurs know that it’s what's outside that counts. White House bread, obtained throughout the day from local bakeries, is robust and soulful, not nearly as dainty as the loaves used to make po-boys in the South, but similar to what’s used for Italian beef sandwiches in Chicago.

Like the cheese steak shops of Philadelphia, the White House likes to boast of a stellar clientele. Pictures of celebrity customers line the walls, inscribed with praise for the excellence of the cuisine. News clippings tell of the time the astronauts came to eat down subs, and of Frank Sinatra once having a bunch of them shipped from New Jersey to a movie location. For all its stardust, the White House remains a humble naugahyde-and-neon sandwich shop with a row of booths along the wall and a counter up front. The lighting is harsh, the napkins are paper, and the service is lightning fast: it would be a sin to sell subs any other way.

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A cross-sectional view emphasizes the enormous quantity of cold cuts on a White House Special.
"A cross-sectional view emphasizes the enormous quantity of cold cuts on a White House Special."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle





This is HALF a Special (two quarters), fully dressed with tomatoes, onions, and chopped hot peppers.
"This is HALF a Special (two quarters), fully dressed with tomatoes, onions, and chopped hot peppers. "
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


White House tuna subs are well-oiled, but there's no mayo.  These are fantastic!
"White House tuna subs are well-oiled, but there's no mayo. These are fantastic!"
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Just capicola and provolone, for a change.
"Just capicola and provolone, for a change."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The White House Special. These two lengths are only HALF a full-size sandwich!
"The White House Special. These two lengths are only HALF a full-size sandwich!"
Michael Stern


We always get a White House Special when we visit.  But the Special is a special version of what?  Well, this sub, a
"We always get a White House Special when we visit. But the Special is a special version of what? Well, this sub, a "regular". Same ingredients, less meat. Even this one is more than you can probably eat, but we'd give the nod to the Special anyway. It just seems more... special."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


This is a full tuna sub.  You sometimes hear the full-size subs are over a foot long, but in fact they must be about a yard in length.
"This is a full tuna sub. You sometimes hear the full-size subs are over a foot long, but in fact they must be about a yard in length."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The unique thing about a White House tuna sub is that the tuna doesn't seem to be mixed with mayo.  We're not really sure how it's prepared; kind of seems like it's dressed with oil.  Anyway, this is one of the world's great tuna sandwiches.
"The unique thing about a White House tuna sub is that the tuna doesn't seem to be mixed with mayo. We're not really sure how it's prepared; kind of seems like it's dressed with oil. Anyway, this is one of the world's great tuna sandwiches."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Of all the celebrities honored on the White House walls, none is more revered than The Chairman of the Board.  Sinatra, after all, was a New Jersey boy himself.
"Of all the celebrities honored on the White House walls, none is more revered than The Chairman of the Board. Sinatra, after all, was a New Jersey boy himself."
Michael Stern


The White House has not franchised, proliferated, or otherwise watered-down its formula for excellence.  And if you doubt that, read this notice posted behind the counter!
"The White House has not franchised, proliferated, or otherwise watered-down its formula for excellence. And if you doubt that, read this notice posted behind the counter!"
Michael Stern


Formica Brothers Italian Bakery is a major reason for the legend of White House.  The bread is impeccably fresh.
"Formica Brothers Italian Bakery is a major reason for the legend of White House. The bread is impeccably fresh."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Since 1946, submarine excellence has been defined here.
"Since 1946, submarine excellence has been defined here."
Michael Stern


At lunch time, the line for a seat leads out the door onto Arctic Avenue.
"At lunch time, the line for a seat leads out the door onto Arctic Avenue."
Michael Stern


That's a full-sized chef's knife, not a paring knife.  A whole sub is A LOT of sub.
"That's a full-sized chef's knife, not a paring knife. A whole sub is A LOT of sub."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle



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