In the middle of the hustle and bustle of Brighton Avenue in Rochester, when you are heading to the roundabout or down the hill to Bridgewater, there is this little tan and brown building. It has been there for quite some time now… 28 years this past August, to be specific. My Hero’s Sub Shop is what I am talking about and it is gooood eats!

If you have never been there, it is time you made your way there. This is a no frills establishment, folks, and Steve (the owner) is a no frills kind of guy. What it lacks in frills though, it makes up with a darn delicious meal.

We Go Way Back

Now, Steve and I go way back to when his daughter and I were up to no good in high school together. I know, I know.. It’s not that far back.. being 26 and all… (these ‘I’m so young’ jokes never get old, right Andy?). But seriously, I have known him for awhile now, probably around 21 of his 28 years there, and he is a genuinely nice guy that makes a great sandwich.

Sandwiches. Nice guy. Yeah, you want to know him too.

The Menu

The menu consists of two boards in the dining room with sandwiches numbered 1 through 19. The Beaverhausens are fans of the #1 – That would be ham, salami, capicola, pepperoni, and cheese, topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, and dressed with oil and vinegar. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. We had this no less than twice a week when I was pregnant with the third. I had serious pregnancy cravings for meat. Mmm. So good.

The other subs include ham, turkey, roast beef, salami, bologna – pretty much any kind of lunch meat you are looking for.

There is also egg salad and tuna salad on the menu that is all homemade. All topped with lettuce, tomato and onion, and dressed with that delicious oil and vinegar combo.

They come in either half or whole size. Half is around 5 inches, whole is 10 inches. Toddler Beaverhausen can take out a half, while Momma Beaverhausen prefers the whole. Let’s not mess around, right?!

Sliced to Order is the Secret

Anyway… What makes My Hero’s Sub so different is that he slices the meat to order. Not like those chain sandwich shops that have bins of meat wrapped in wax paper ready to flop on a bun. You order pepperoni, Steve digs it out of the cooler, sits it on the slicer, and cuts it up for your sandwich. This happens with every sandwich, every time!

Next to the slicer, there is a deep fryer and a griddle. In addition to cold sandwiches, he also has killer cheesesteaks and grilled chicken with or without cheese on the flat top. He can also fry up a fish like nobody’s business. This deep fryer cooks some sides too – fries, onion rings, and fried pickles.

I don’t know about those fried pickles… I have never tried them. But I am intrigued.

The Party Subs

In addition to the half and whole subs he has, you can also get a party sub. We have done this for the last couple of parties we have had…and most recently for Toddler Beaverhausen’s birthday party (which is why in the picture there are Captain America masks in the background – We don’t usually have those things hanging around the house!).

I stopped in to order on Thursday which took all of 3 minutes, and then picked it up on Saturday. Quick and easy, as well as delicious and really affordable. This last time, instead of getting a straight party of #1 subs, we went with a variety. So many little subs, so little time.

My Hero’s Sub Shop is a must try for those that haven’t yet, and if you have then you already know what I am talking about. In my 20-some years of eating there, I have yet to meet someone who has had it and doesn’t love it. I have met some folks that have never had it though. But once they try it, they are hooked.

Be sure when you go to tell Steve that Ana sent ya, and also that I apologize for all of those teenage antics!


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Anastasia Beaverhausen is a married, stay-at-home mom of three kids. She was born, raised and still lives in downtown Beaver. Her main goals in life are making sure everyone lives through the week, the house doesn’t end up condemned, and teaching two (so far) small people how to “people” properly. In her free time, Ana enjoys running, knitting and gardening, although free time is a pretty tough thing to come by these days. Follow her on twiter @bcBeaverhausen!