Best Of 2005

BEST GRATUITOUSLY HAPPY SANDWICH MAKERS: Lenny’s Sub Shop

The charm hits you the second you walk through the door. Even before you can smell the Philly cheesesteaks frying in the back — and you can smell those pretty quick — the Lenny’s employee closest to the door is already in your ear. “How are you man?” “Great to see you!” “Hope you’re hungry brother!” It’s the greasy-sub-shop equivalent of TGI Friday’s flair — you know the guy behind the counter hates yelling pleasantries at customers, but the manager will be on him if he doesn’t. And on those days when you’re feeling a little blue, the forced overzealousness can be sort of reassuring. Even if your boss is a dick, your girlfriend ran off with the cable guy and the dog crapped on your pillow again, the men and women at Lenny’s still like you. Promise. Lenny’s offers both varying greetings and various sandwich choices, including a delicious cheesesteak. 4050 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, 813-281-0700; 8225 Park Edge Drive, Tampa, 813-903-8678, www.lennysubshop.com.