Lebo Subs - Mount Lebanon Suburb
Restaurant: Lebo Subs
Location: Downtown Mount Lebanon, between Little Tokyo and Aladdin’s.
Atmosphere: The exposed brick and ductwork gave the restaurant a modern vibe, whilst a vintage Mt. Lebo wall mural added just the right amount of nostalgic decoration. Before I even tasted the food, I declared the place ten-gazillion times better than Subway based on the appearance alone.
Menu: Subs (obvi), along with homemade soups and salads (chicken, potato).
Food: Though the meatball sub was calling my name, I went with my usual selection – turkey breast with provolone, lettuce and mayonnaise. At first I ordered the large, but after I saw the sandwich artist grab a 14” hoagie roll that Linda Lovelace wouldn’t even dare take on, I quickly downsized to the regular.
The sammich came stuffed with freshly sliced meat and cheese and I immediately went to work scarfing it down. Though the interior fixings all tasted as good as they looked, the hoagie roll itself wasn’t up to par. It wasn’t bad per se; it just didn’t come close to matching the doughy deliciousness as the ones used by Uncle Sam’s or Carhops*. This letdown forced me to downgrade the place to only nine-gazillion times better than Subway.
* The Lennon & McCartney of Pittsburgh sub shops.
Service: The guy behind the counter, who I think may have been the owner, was extremely pleasant and appreciative of our patronage. He even offered to give my son a free piece of cheese, which to me is the highest form of kindness.
Final Call: Even though I didn’t love my hoagie, I did love my overall visit to Lebo Subs due to their wonderful service and clean*, contemporary dining space. I will definitely go back again soon, and next time I’m getting the meatball!
* No one would ever use the adjective “clean” to describe either Uncle Sam’s or Carhops.