The local legend of the “East Coast Sub” was established in 1986 when Nancy and Wayne Meconi moved to Washington from Pennsylvania. Food can provide a connection and introduction to many opportunities in life. The Meconis were fully prepared to establish this connection in Thurston County. As their locations grew, their story grew as well.
I have yet to meet a South Sound resident who hasn’t heard the name Meconi’s, who hasn’t savored one of their fresh made subs or delicious soups. Just the other day, my mother called from New Mexico to make plans for her upcoming trip to Washington. Her one request? Lunch at Meconi’s.
Olympia Beer’s famous motto, “It’s the Water,” refers to the fresh artesian spring water used in the original Tumwater brewery’s production and showcases what set the brew apart from the competition. Likewise, when you ask area sandwich lovers what sets local sub shop Meconi’s Italian Subs apart from the rest you’ll likely hear, “It’s the Bread.”
Last Wednesday I had my first Meconi’s Sub. How is that possible, you ask? With its four locations and well-earned reputation for the best sandwiches in Thurston County, how is it that I’ve never had one? Well, I’m gluten free – bread, even the delicious, freshly home-baked Meconi’s bread, is not my friend.
Sometimes you just don’t want to cook. Or maybe you are celebrating a special occasion with a dinner out. Or, you could just be running between gymnastics, soccer and ballet and not have time to head home for a meal. Whatever the reason might be, families end up eating out.