Tastes of the Tri-States: Sub Arena Sandwich Shop

Jacqueline Lumsden, owner of Sub Arena in Fort Madison, shows KHQA's Brooke Hasch how itâ??s done â?? and doing it can win a â??Taste of the Tri Statesâ?? honor for your restaurant. / The Daily Democrat

The last few months, KHQA's taken you around the Tri-States for the best food in town. This month, we traveled to Fort Madison where you voted for your number one pick.

"The people that come here, they drive from all over just to eat subs. They say there's nothing like it," said Jacqueline Lumsden, owner of Sub Arena Sandwich Shop.

Whether it's the bread you like or the hot soup simmering in the back, people dining in at Sub Arena's Sandwich Shop say it's all about the experience when you first walk in the door.

"We try to get to know our customers. We have customers that come in every day and I try to remember their sandwich. There are customers that have been coming in for 30 years and they never change. They get the same sandwich daily," said Lumsden.

"It's just a good place to come and sit and have a good meal and have a good time," said Jill Lebeck, a long-time employee.

"A lot of times, we're al in on the conversations in the dining room. Everybody's talking to everybody," said Lumsden.

"She's got the gift of gab. She talks a lot. She's friendly with everybody. And the food is good too," said James Lumsden, Jacqueline's husband.

When it comes to desserts, this crowd is all about the brownie and a secretive cobbler recipe. Don't forget to wash it all down with a glass of cherry cola and their award winning shaved ice.

If you can't dine in, customers can order off the Sub Arena Website.

"A bunch of corporations want carryout. It's just a great opportunity for someone to not have to call," said Kimberly Ransdell, designer of the Website.

On special occasions, Sub Arena will even come to you.

"Jacqueline's so generous with the sports teams in this town. They'll travel to away games and take Sub Arena with them," said Jean Neuweg.

A combination that makes this sub shop a winning team.

"I want to thank everyone for voting for us. It was fun. The Tastes of the Tri-States was really fun to do," said Lumsden.