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How to Order Low Carb at Jimmy John’s

Learn how to order low carb Jimmy John’s.

Get my Jimmy John’s low carb menu with nutrition stats for all 25 of their low carb Unwiches as well as all of their ingredients. It’s a great resource for any one who wants to order low carb, Atkins, keto, sugar free, or diabetic friendly at Jimmy John’s.

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I’m on a mission to order low carb at the top 30 fast food chains in the US. For each fast food restaurant I evaluate:

  • Availability of low carb entrees (less than 20 net carbs).
  • Satiety of low carb entrees.
  • Price of low carb entrees.
  • Taste of low carb entrees.
  • Ordering experience.

My most recent stop was at Jimmy John’s which has a location about 2 miles from my house. I wouldn’t mind having one next door.

In a hurry?  Get my free Jimmy John’s Low Carb Menu if you want to see full macros and nutritional stats for every low carb option at Jimmy John’s including the individual sandwich ingredients so you can build your own.

This is the only fast food chain I’ve visited that has a low carb option featured prominently on the menu. Good stuff.

What to order

My plan for Jimmy John’s was to go multiple times and order every Unwich on the menu and report back to you. Then I ordered my first three Unwiches and got the tab: $21.

Low carb Jimmy John's unwiches.

My first Jimmy John’s order. 3 Unwiches. Delicious but expensive.

The Unwiches were good, but at $21 my three sandwich order wasn’t practical for a low carb lunch.

[Author’s note: my first 3 sandwiches were #7, #8, and #9 on their Giant Club Sandwiches menu. #7 Gourmet Smoked Ham Club was delicious. #8 Billy Club was not my favorite because the roast beef is a dry cut and I’m not a fan of dijon mustard. #9 Italian Night Club was delicious.]

So I changed my mission. Could I get full on Jimmy John’s for less than $10?

Analyzing their online menu, I found two Slim Unwiches that offered relatively good value for the carbs & calories:

  • Slim #3 Tuna Salad Unwich  – 425 Calories and 3 Net Carbs for $3.99
  • Slim #5 Salami Unwich – 264 Calories and 2 net carbs for $3.99
Low carb slim Unwiches.

My two Jimmy John’s Slim Unwiches for less than $10.

Slims come with meat, cheese, and lettuce only. They won’t add veggies or condiments to the Slims because they are lower price. However, they will give you a few extra Hellman’s mayo packets that you can use for flavor and additional calories (90 calories and 0 net carbs per packet).

Both of my Slim Unwiches were delicious and surprisingly filling. It got a little messy trying to squirt the mayo on while eating but the added flavor and calories were worth it.

What you should order

This depends on how tightly you’re managing your budget. If cost is no concern and you have a big appetite, I recommend you order at least two of my favorite Unwiches:

  • #9 Italian Night Club Unwich – 589 Calories and 4 Net Carbs
  • #7 Gourmet Smoked Ham Club Unwich  – 415 Calories and 6 Net Carbs
  • #12 Beach Club Unwich – 465 Calories and 7 Net Carbs.

If you’re on a budget, order a couple Slim Unwiches. Here are the two I recommend:

  • Slim #3 Tuna Salad Unwich  – 425 Calories and 3 Net Carbs for $3.99
  • Slim #5 Salami Unwich – 264 Calories and 2 net carbs for $3.99

You can request mayo packets for additional flavor and calories.

What you can order

There are 25 different Unwiches you can order at Jimmy John’s. All are listed on the in-store menus so I don’t need to belabor them here.

The menu is divided into Six Slims (meat & cheese only), Seven 8″ Subs (meat, cheese veggies & condiments), 11 Giants Clubs (more meat & cheese than the 8″ subs), and 1 JJ Gargantuan which has tons of meat & cheese and offers 739 calories at 9 net carbs.

There’s even a low carb Vegetarian Unwich on the menu.

Unfortunately, they won’t serve their sandwich ingredients in bowls, but Subway has you covered if that’s what you’re into.

If you feel like you need a side dish to compliment your Unwich you can get a pickle.

Get my Jimmy John’s Low Carb Menu if you want to see full macros and nutritional stats for every Unwich and all the sandwich ingredients.

It’s the same low carb menu I used to plan my order before going to Jimmy John’s.

What you should avoid

You should avoid all of Jimmy John’s breads, chips, and cookies. Even the deceptively-named Jimmy John’s “Thinny Chips” have 16 net carbs.

Overall Ratings

I rate Jimmy John’s as low carb heavenly because they’ve actually given thought to accommodating low carb eaters by including lettuce-wrapped “Unwiches” on the menu. Lots of places will accommodate a lettuce-wrapped order, but few give it menu space and clever branding.

  • Low carb friendly – Yes.
  • Low carb entrees on menu – Yes. They have about 25 different Unwich options where the ingredients are pre-determined. You can also build your own.
  • Satiety of low carb entrees – Below Average. Depending on the sandwich(es) you select, you could be left hungry. I address this in the “What you should order” section.
  • Taste of low carb entrees – Excellent. The Unwich ingredients taste fresh and are expertly lettuce-wrapped to hold tight.
  • Price / value of low carb entrees –  Below Average. I paid $19.47 for three Unwiches for my first order. After some menu research, I figured out how to order two filling Unwiches for less than $10. I’ll give you some help on how to order on a budget in the “What you should order” section.
  • Ordering experience – Above Average. Because the Unwich is a recognized menu item, it’s no hassle to order a lettuce-wrapped sandwich.

Jimmy John’s has great tasting low carb sandwiches, but it can be difficult to get full for less than $20 if you have a big appetite. Let’s see if I can help change that.

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