Tucked away off of Lake Road in Woodbury (6445 Lake Road) is a Milio’s sandwich shop. It’s located in an area that features a SuperAmerica, Penn Cycle and Fitness, liquor store, Jordan’s Meats and Deli and a Carbone’s Pizzeria.
It’s a nice, less hectic area of Woodbury. That’s good for people who like to grab a bite to eat without the hustle and bustle and endless stoplights of Woodbury. It’s not good for business, however.
It was about 8 p.m. on a Wednesday night when we visited. We were the only two in the sandwich shop. It was great for us, not for business. In fact, the franchise owner was at the store that night.
We said “You should open up one of these in Inver Grove Heights.”
That won’t be happening any time soon. The owner then commented how he’s already closed one Milio’s and sold another. His frustration seemed to stem from the fact that when he bought in to the franchise, Milio’s Sandwiches was set to open about 100 other stores in Minnesota. That never happened. In fact, a quick search shows that Milio’s in Apple Valley, Uptown and Plymouth all closed. Milio’s used to be named Big Mike’s Super Subs. When it comes to sub sandwiches, Subway and Jimmy John’s spend much more money on advertising than Milio’s. When it comes to taste, Milio’s offers a nice alternative to the more popular Subway and Jimmy John’s. The subs are similar in size to Jimmy John’s and when it comes to taste it’s similar to an Erbert & Gerbert’s, which is a definite upgrade over Subway and better than Jimmy John’s (but that will vary per eater of course). The sub was good, but for the sub, chips, soda and soup it was $15.
We ordered the #10 Roast Beef & Cheese Combo, which comes with a “Quarter pound of thinly sliced roast beef & Provolone cheese with fresh lettuce, red ripe tomatoes, and Hellmann’s® mayo” according to the menu on the Milio’s web site. Good sandwich, but after eating it we felt like we should have another half to eat. We also ordered the Southwestern Cheesy Chicken soup, which was delicious.
When it comes to sub sandwiches, Subway and Jimmy John’s seem to be the most popular – or spend the most on advertising. When it comes to favorites, most people love Erbert & Gerbert’s. Many people don’t know much about Milio’s – as there not as many in the Twin Cities. Other Minnesota locations include Eden Prairie, Minneapolis, Oakdale and Shorewood.
Overall, Milio’s is worth trying if you are in the area. The sandwiches are good, but typical of today’s sub sandwich, good bread, processed meats and a combination of cheeses, sauces and vegetables to top it off.
We hope the one in Woodbury succeeds, it has a nice inviting atmosphere and is a place to eat away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of Woodbury. When you are there, be sure to stop in at Jordan’s Deli and Meats to check out their selection of products, and stop over at Carbone’s – they have frozen pizzas to go, pasta, wings and more, basically, everything we’d like to see at the IGH Carbone’s and more. Why is it every Carbone’s but the IGH Carbone’s offers more than pizza and sandwiches? That’s a whole other story for another time.
In a way, this article is a lot like Milio’s. It’s something different than the usual IGH news and reviews, a change of pace and different, but nothing great. It works and fills space since the Eat IGH street team has been busy with some other projects. Milio’s satisfies your hunger. It may dent your wallet a little bit, but anytime you add chips, soda and soup your order is going to be between $12-$15 no matter what sandwich shop you go to.
The bottom line is this: Milio’s is good, not great and worth checking out if in that Lake Road area of Woodbury and you’re looking for an alternative sub sandwich shop to fill you up.
About Milio’s Sandwiches
Milio’s Sandwiches is a United States restaurant chain that mainly sells submarine sandwiches. The chain was founded in Madison, Wisconsin by Mike Liautaud. in 1989. The company has 50 locations throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska