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Ramsis (Ray) Azab, owner of Ray’s Sub Shop, in front of the deli counter in his business.

Say Belly Buster to anyone from Ewing or The College of New Jersey and they will instantly know you are talking about their local favorite sandwich shop, Ray’s Sub Shop. Nowhere else can you find a whopping 6” wide, 14” long hoagie made with specialty bread. They can feed four or more and are exclusive to Ray’s. Fans revel in turkey, roast beef, chicken, ham and more with all the toppings.

But Ray’s is so much more than this one menu item. Especially popular with The College of New Jersey crowd, owner Ramsis (Ray) Azab’s shop earned the 2014 Golden Grub Award from grubhub.com. His location contributes to his popularity. The shop at 1540 Pennington Road is convenient to major roadways. Ray’s is not far from TCNJ. And the college crowd knows its food.

Azab emigrated to the States in 1998 and immediately began learning the business at some of New York City’s famous eateries. He hones his skills catering to the demanding tastes of New York foodies. Aiming to own his own establishment, he saw an opportunity in 2007 to purchase a shop at the Pennington Road location and it’s been a success. Azab revamped the menu and designed his signature Belly Buster.

Ray’s is noted for keeping prices reasonable. “I heard an executive from a fast food franchise say that if you take care of the customers, the business will take care of itself. That has been my personal business model,” says Azab. Testimonials from devoted fans attest to the extra effort the staff make to ensure customers get exactly what they wish. Ray’s aim to keep his menu reasonable resonates with the college crowd and local diners as well. Review after review focus on the great service and the homey atmosphere. Ray’s offers great food, pure and simple, not a pretentious atmosphere at a fancy price.

Beginning with breakfast, the menu offers a wide variety of choices. Omelettes are three egg big and are served with toast and home fries. But don’t forget the buttermilk pancakes.

Sandwich offerings include paninis, hot and cold wraps, hoagies (also known as subs or grinders), and burgers made with a full half-pound of certified Angus beef. He also offers a falafel hoagie, jumbo buffalo wings, lamb or chicken gyros, the list goes on and on. In other words — there is something for everyone.

Beyond visiting Ray’s for a great meal, bring the tempting choices to the office or your next event. Ray’s caters with party platters, six foot and three foot grinders, and more.

Dine in or call for delivery. Discover what everyone is talking about at Ray’s Sub Shop.

Ray’s Sub Shop. 1540 Pennington Road. (609) 771-8006.