While Wally’s Sandwich Bar’s inexpensive prices may be what first draws you in, their ingenious customization system and vast range of ingredients will keep you coming back over and over. Wally’s provides a somewhat unique way of ordering, simply giving you a card on which a list of different breads, meats, cheeses, vegetables, and sauces are presented for the customer to order on their sandwich, which they proceed to fill out and hand to the cashier.
Their system also encourages repeat customers. Found that perfect sub? Hold onto your card to use again and again, making ordering a breeze.
Wally’s fills a specific niche oftentimes missed by other sub shops. Meconi’s Italian Subs, the most famous local sub shop with stores in Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater, provides quality subs but their prices are painfully high for a simple sandwich.
“It’s just a sandwich. I could make my own for half the price,” said local student Daniel Isherwood. With prices close to $10 for a simple foot-long, it’s difficult to argue. Subway, while a cheap alternative to Meconi’s, simply lacks quality ingredients. Wally’s fills the gap between the two and provides quality subs that won’t put a hole in your pocket.
In addition to the standard hoagie bread, Wally’s offers deli-sliced breads, wraps, and pitas as additional options for no charge.
Wally’s doesn’t charge extra for any of these ingredients, so you can feel free to mix and match to create the ultimate sandwich, wrap, or pita. All of Wally’s bread comes from Olympia’s own San Francisco Street Bakery.
Other signature sandwiches include falafel and gyro, made with lamb and beef. Can’t decide between pizza or a sandwich for lunch? No need! Wally’s makes a “pizza sub” with marinara, oregano, mozzarella and your choice of meat, so there’s never a need to compromise. For Italian lovers, Wally’s also makes a chicken Parmesan sub which, according to a Wally’s professional, is quite popular.
Vegetarian and vegan options are available and encouraged, with the tempeh reuben, a signature sub, satisfying all veggie-lovers’ needs. Vegetables available range from avocado to sauerkraut, from artichoke to pepperoncinis, and back to the basics, lettuce and tomato.
In addition, Wally’s carries an array of sodas and ice cream, including bottled Jarritos and fountain drinks. Their specials are displayed on their board, showing customers predetermined sandwiches and prices in addition to the make-it-yourself cards.
Wally’s is located at 2106 Harrison Avenue NW in West Olympia. Their hours of operation are 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. seven days a week, with free wifi available in the restaurant. Delivery is available on orders of $25 or more, with a 20 percent gratuity added in, according to their website. Also on their website is a downloadable menu for convenience.