Yesterday afternoon I had the opportunity to visit with one of Jacksonville Beach’s longstanding local establishments, Angie’s Subs. Most of you reading this who’ve lived in the Jacksonville area for a few years have probably stopped in at some point to visit the friendly staff and experience the great food of Angie’s Sub, or, at the very least heard of this Jacksonville Beach landmark. As I entered Angie’s Subs yesterday I was greeted by a very friendly staff and subsequently introduced to long time manager Gordon Atkisson as well as the owner of this tasty sub shop, Ed Malin.
The interior of the establishment reminded me of a combination of a surf shack and rustic cabin, a style referred to as “garage sale atmosphere,” by owner Ed Malin. Ed told me the interior is a collection of furniture and “kitchy-stuff ” collected from places like Ruth Chris and Chick-Fil-A over the years. Ed has been the owner of Angie’s Subs since 1999, although the original shop opened in Mayport in the mid 1970’s and was created by a man named Angelo who developed the menu concept through his love of Italian heritage and food. Angie’s sees an average of 400 customers a day.
If you are planning to visit Angie’s Subs for the first time, a solid recommendation is “The Peruvian”, as this sandwich accounts for 25% of all sales at the restaurant. If you are in a thirsty mood and want a little something along the adult variety, Angie’s Subs does offer about a dozen bottled beers and wine by the glass. Angie’s Subs does host several special events a year such as the “Best Butt at the Beach” contest in April. While the name might be rather suggestive, it is actually a BBQ contest hosted by Angie’s Subs. The restaurant also hosts a popular pumpkin carving contest each October and a large holiday Christmas party for customers and even former staff members.
Angie’s Subs has also had a history of community involvement partnering with the Florida Georgia Blood Alliance and other community based organizations and causes. Angie’s Subs always provides first responders with a free drink with purchase of a sub and feeds military for free on the 9/11 anniversary. They also partner with JSO on programs such as the “Get Hooked On Fishing,” which fosters a positive relationship between law enforcement officers and young kids in local neighborhoods. When asked, Ed told me that he believed that what made his place so special and a local foodfan favorite was the quality of service and professionalism provided by his young staff, the fact that Angie’s won a blue-ribbon award for their southern style sweet tea, and that they bake their subs in a 550 degree pizza oven. Ed did reveal a little secret during the interview, but you’ll have to stay tuned for that update… Hint: Angie’s Subs will soon be diversifying their menu offerings in the local market in a major way.
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Written and published for BUZZ Magazine, April 2016.