Hungry Bear sub shop devoures competition!

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If you love sandwiches (who doesn’t?) and are always looking for a new sub shop to rave to your friends about, you HAVE to visit Hungry Bear Sub Shop in Escondido off of El Norte Parkway. These sandwiches are ridiculous!!

This family owned sub hub opened a few months ago to fantastic reviews by locals throughout the area. The sandwiches are huge, the staff is friendly, and the menu is out of this world! They carry everything from Philly cheese steak sandwiches, to cheeseburger subs, to hot and cold deli meat subs.

So what makes this place different from the hundreds of other San Diego sub shops? Quite a lot actually! First of all, the bread is baked fresh everyday. When you sink your teeth into this bread, it melts in your mouth. It’s so fresh and soft. Also, their signature “works” are a whole lot different from anywhere you have been before.

They top each sandwich with anything from large chunks of pickles and tomatoes, sliced red jalapenos (so delicious!), chopped onions, and pepper relish. Delicious sharp deli mustard and mayonnaise are also included.  I almost feel bad talking about it, because words do not do this place justice.

The owner, they call him Big Mike, is one of the nicest most welcoming people I have ever met. If you come in more than once, he will most likely remember you and ask how everything’s going, always rockin’ the biggest smile. He appreciates it when you bring in friends and isn’t afraid to let you know.

Another one of my favorite parts of this little slice of heaven is that it is one of the only places you can find glass bottled cokes. It is made with sugar cane instead of sugar and deliciously old school, and healthier!

Some of the sandwiches offered are, of course, the Philly cheese steak, buffalo chicken sandwich, hot pastrami sandwich (a big favorite), grilled chicken sandwich, tuna salad sandwich, turkey and bacon, and my personal favorite, a classic Roast Beef and Turkey with the works. All subs are reasonably priced, and the large can easily feed two adults.

If you want to try Hungry Bear, which I suggest that you do soon before everyone gets wind of this place and the line is always out the door. Stop by its Escondido location at 302 W. El Norte Pkwy, Ste D., or if you have trouble finding them give them a ring at (760) 737-2327.


  1. Jordan

    October 28, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    I have been to the Hungry Bear many times and the you are correct – mere words do not do this place justice.
    This place is 15 miles out of my way and worth every mile.

  2. Mark DP

    October 29, 2009 at 2:52 am

    Best sub shop around. Truly unique sandwiches that can feed an army. I need to try the sliced red jalapenos next time ! Yes the bottled cokes are great, but so is the iced tea. I’m probably going to stop by again this week.

  3. Rusty Mottola

    October 30, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Best Sub Shop on the West Coast and the only one I’m aware of with a GRILL. You can get healthy subs there but why bother! Go for the grilled hot roast beef sub with the works, classic cheese steak, or Pastrami. I work in the same center, eat there most every day and still havent run out of choices.

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