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Oct 19, 2006 10:08 PM

Subway Vs. Blimpie?

I admit I'm more sympathetic to Blimpie, and frankly like their sandwiches better. I'm a little mystified at the omnipresence of Subway when Blimpie seems to come closer to a traditional sub-shop sandwich and the bread is even better, "fresh baked" or not. If both are in the strip mall, which do you go to?

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  1. Whichever one I has the better coupon

    1. Blimpie for me... sadly they have not done well in my hometown of Calgary, Canada. There used to be 5 stores in town, now I think we are done to 1... in a city of 1,000,000 people!

      Sad to see well over 100 Subways listed here, 1 Blimpie.

      1. I'll take Blimpie. Subway sandwiches all taste the same. At least the Blimpie Best is a decent stab at an Italian sandwich. But I don't get the odd individual frenchfry maker machine. It's one step above those Japanese frenchfry vending machines.

        Don't see the point in baking your own bread if it has less flavor than cardboard and has that weird butt smell.

        1. Subway is a bit better, but Quizno's schools them both!

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          1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

            I think I've had Blimpie's in the late 90's when i was In NJ. It was pretty good. As for Subway's I think it depends on the actual subway's u go to. I'm all for who has the freshest toppings. I finally tried Quizno's in Nyc a couple of years wasn't tasty as I thought it would be, perhaps it was just that particular one. WE finally got Quizno's here in Canada but I was disappointed in the way they shredded their beef. I've been to the one by my house twice now and I really do think they scrimp on their soup. I ordered their combo and for some reason they fill the soup 3/4 of the way (it's more like a cup of soup than a bowl) I haven't tried their chicken yet so perhaps I'll try it @ another location. I still prefer ordering in subs from local mom & pop places.

            1. re: Yummy Stuff

              I personally really like the chicken sub from Quiznos. I dont know exactly what it is, but the spices they sprinkle on their subs is so good, and their bread is better. but what I dont like, is i LOVE mustard on my subs, and they dont even have mustard, only honey mustard which Im allergic to :(

              1. re: hungryabbey

                I've just discovered gourmet mustards from using them in vinagrettes or my own sandwiches. Not a fan of the gritty stuff or stone ground mustard (right name?) We don't have a Blimpie's here but I tend to agree with Cathy, I try out subs with whatever coupon is available. It's funny how I ended up @ Quizon's twice coz I really liked their soda fountain --->love the choices & it wasn't watered~down at all.

            2. re: calabasas_trafalgar

              Yup, given the choice I'd go to Quizno's. Between Subway and Blimpies I choose Subway. The last time I was at a Blimpies I saw the turkey bounce and jiggle across the cutting board. At least at Subway the turkey is pre-cut and I can pretend that it is better.

              1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

                If you want your mouth full of burnt and shredded roof-of-your-mouth skin, by all means go to Quiznos.

                Potbelly is the only sandwich chain that does bread/meat/toppings/price right.

                1. re: monkeyrotica

                  I'm not even sure what this means. The last time I went to Quiznos, my bread was toasted on the outside, but not hard or rough. My meat was nicely warm, not sizzling. I can't imagine how eating one of their subs would "burn and shred" the roof of your mouth.

                  1. re: Boston_Otter

                    Stale bread run through a broiler to melt the cheese on the subpar meat turned the bread rock hard and searing hot. Three bites and I threw the rest away. There's a reason why these places are going out of business.

                    1. re: monkeyrotica

                      Perhaps not all locations are the same, or maybe they have improved in the past 5 and 1/2 years?

                      1. re: carolinadawg

                        Doubt it. If that's the case, why are they going bankrupt? Good riddance.


                        1. re: monkeyrotica

                          From the article you linked to: "Quiznos narrowly avoided bankruptcy this week..."

                          From reading the article, it sounds more like their problems are management related, but I've never eaten at Quizno's, so who knows. The larger point is, one bad experience by one person at one location does not equal complete failure of an entire chain.

                          1. re: carolinadawg

                            Well, if you've never been, I encourage you to try their toasty sandwiches. You'll swear you've gone to Hell.

                      2. re: monkeyrotica

                        and ironically, the reason I never went back was because they lightly toasted the bread.

                        I felt they needed to either slow down the speed, turn up the temp or run the sandwich through twice. Tried them twice in two locations and neither could compare with a traditional hot-oven grinder.

                        1. re: Clams047

                          Well there's a consistent chain for you. One place toasts the sandwich to cinders, the other barely toasts it at all.

                          1. re: monkeyrotica

                            "Well there's a consistent chain for you. One place toasts the sandwich to cinders, the other barely toasts it at all."

                            Outside of McDonald's and maybe BK, I've never been to a chain that is consistent from store to store.

                              1. re: monkeyrotica

                                If you are responding to me monkey, I have been to Taco Bell...more times than I care to admit. :) I like Taco bell for what it is. I find that some of their same items change from store to store though depending on the location.

                                1. re: ttoommyy

                                  I've found it to be the most consistent chain outside of McDonalds. The items are identically prepared and of exactly the same quality regardless of location.

                2. Battle at the basement.

                  I love the Blimpies sweet roasted peppers and buy them in the jar.

                  I then take them home and make my own sandwich and put the peppers on them.

                  So Blimpies by a Peep or a Pep.

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                  1. re: jfood

                    Can you please tell me where to buy these peppers? I absolutley love them. I love Blimpies. I worked there for awhile, and worked at Subway for 2 years, but I am a huge fan of all Subs, but I think Blimpies, Quiznos, Penn Station, ETC, all beat Subway. If anyone knows the name of Blimpies sweet peppers, and where I can buy them please let me know. I live like an hour away from my closest Blimpies. Thnak you.

                    1. re: chriskeasha

                      It took me a second that you replied to a 2006 post because for the life of me I didn't realize how you could reply 2 days earlier, sheesh :) I am 0 for 4 on attempts to buy te right kind of jarred peppers. I, too love them and would very much like to know where to find them at the market.

                      1. re: chriskeasha

                        I just bought a jar at Blimpies the other day. They only have one size - a gallon of them for $12. They will last for up to 6 months in the fridge