Pros: Very high quality, tasty food
Cons: Pricey; there can be long waits on food
Penn Station is a midwest sandwich joint specializing in east coast style subs. Their 'original' sub is the Philly Cheesesteak, but there is quite a bit of selection. You can order from numerous meats, cheeses and vegetables.
Subs come in small, medium and large. This translates into 6, 9 and 12 inch subs. Most small subs start between 3.50 and 4 dollars; medium subs are about $5.75 and 12 inch subs approach $8. The main reason I stay away from Penn is the price, not the quality.
There are many different sandwich joints like Penn. While Penn is one of the best, they are also one of the most expensive.
When you walk in, you give your order to the cashier, and then usually have to wait 5-10 minutes for the result. I have often found the wait is a little long, but normally I forget about it once I start eating. I never get my food to go either. If I was in a hurry, the wait would definitely be a reason for me to head elsewhere.
While Penn loads the meat and cheese on the subs, many of the other ingredients are just afterthoughts. Cheesesteaks only have a few mushrooms and onions, and many other sandwiches only have a little lettuce and tomato on them.
The sandwiches are good, but they don't have a lot to them, it is mostly meat, cheese and sauce. They are very formulaic; once you've had a few, you know what they all taste like.
I normally frequent the Penn Station in Bloomington, IN. They only have seating for about 20 people, so in many cases finding a seat is a problem. Normally, I'll have to stand while waiting for my sandwich, and then I can find a seat by the time it is cooked. Most other locations have more seating, so this shouldn't be a chain-wide problem.
The french fries are worth mentioning as well. Penn serves very good fries. They are large steak-style fries and are always hot and made from fresh potatoes. Penn also offers cheese bread, which is nothing more than a sandwich with no meat or vegetables. I do not recommend spending money on cheesebread if you are also purchasing a sandwich. Penn offers giant buckets of fries for $3. This is the best deal on fries; with a group the better deal is sharing this large size.
The best lunch deal at Penn is the monthly special. Each month a different sandwich serves as the monthly special. For about $5 you get a small sandwich, small fries and a drink. This is a fairly good sized meal, and the price is not as high as other options.
Overall, Penn Station is good for an occasional lunch, but not a good routine lunch joint. I love the food, but I can't always justify the high prices. I'll go there once every two or three months, but never more than that.