Jimmy John’s, Panera Bread, and Subway. What do those all have in common? They are large chain sandwich shops. Let’s start putting our money into Dubuque-run places. Your new sandwich go-to place should be Pickle Barrell Subs.
Pickle Barrell Subs has been locally owned and operated for 39 years right here in Dubuque. They take pride in their meats and freshly made bread, which they bake daily in their shop. Pickle Barrell offers 34 different sandwiches to cater your craving. Delivery is an option at a $12 minimum, but only at the Asbury Road location– and you can also have them cater your next party.
Just like Jack’s Chicken Palace, I came across Pickle Barrell Subs while on my daily run. Also just like Jack’s, it took me until this year to try it. My mother attended Loras College from 1978 until graduation in 1982. Growing up she shared a handful of her college memories, especially when we made the many visits while my older sister attended school here from 2007 until her graduation in 2011. Food has always been a major topic of discussion. Back when my mother went to Loras, the Café was not open on Sundays, which meant they needed to find food for the day elsewhere.
“My friends and I used to order sandwiches from Pickle Barrell every Sunday and had them delivered to campus,” my mother said.
I needed to give it a try.
At Pickle Barrell you can be as creative or as simple as you want. The wide range of sandwich options allow you to get just what you like. After picking your sandwich, you can add a variety of vegetables and dressings. Add chips, a sweet treat, and a drink to complete the meal. They also serve salads and soups. Right now, if you visit you can try the chili while it’s in season.
Pickle Barrell Subs has three location in Dubuque. The closest to campus is 909 Main Street, the corner building. They are open Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., and are closed Sunday. The 2418 Central Ave and the 3330 Asbury Road locations have hours Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.