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Quiznos vs. Subway

Unfortunately, in my work area, we have nothing but chain sandwich shops. Makes me miss my old home, where there was a pizzaria/sandwich joint on just about every corner. Instead of forking out 4-5 bucks for a half a sandwich, I could buy a whole one for the same price. But I digress.

If I want a sandwich, and I don't feel like making it myself, I have to go to Quiznos or Subway. Having been to both, I've got to say Quiznos is better.

Subway: At some point, they made the bread twice as big and started giving you half the meat they did before. Sure, I can get lots of different veggies, but do I really want to pay that much cash for bread and vegetables? And the bread? Well, I know they bake it fresh, but in my opinion it really isn't that good. Toasting it definitely improves it. And the local Subway doesn't carry provolone cheese. If you get an italian hoagie (sub), you're forced to choose swiss, american or cheddar. Or nothing. How can you even call it italian without provolone?

Quiznos: a little less stingy in the meat department. At least when I get a Quiznos sub, I feel like I'm getting some meat on it, not just chewing on vegetables and bread. Now, their veggie selection is not as great as Subways, but I never felt the need to have more veggie choices, because the sandwiches are substantial enough on their own. I've had the turkey sub and was pleased with it. Today, I went with a veggie sub and enjoyed that as well. Fresh mushrooms, avocado, cheese and a few other veggies. They don't carry provolone either (WTF?), so I won't get their italian sub. The bread is one step higher than Subways, still mediocre, but decent enough.

For the prices that both of these chains charge (astronomical in my opinion), I'll go with Quiznos every time. It's the feeling that I'm getting more value for my buck. The sandwich isn't necessarily better than Subway's, but at least I feel I'm getting meat.

What's your opinion, and what else is good at Quiznos?
And if you feel the need to reply "Don't go to either place.", that's not very helpful so you can keep that to yourself. It's bad enough I'm living in a wasteland when it comes to delis.

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  1. Personally, I am a hardcore Subway fan. Granted it is probably less of a sandwich than you get at Quizno's, but I find their prices more reasonable and it is easy for me to satisfy my hunger at Subway while still watching my calories.
    At Subway I always get a 6 in. veggie on wheat with spinach, tomato, green peppers, banana peppers, cucumber, black olives, light mayo., and vinegar, no cheese. It's not everyones cup of tea, but I have had it for so long that is sort like a comfort food for me.
    I think Quiznos is a bit overpriced, but have still had some sandwiches I enjoyed. I really like the honey bourbon chicken on wheat bread as well as the smoked turkey on parmesan bread. I don't love the red pepper sauce that comes on the smoked turkey so I typically skip it and opt for the horseradish sauce they offer at the condiment stand instead. The traditional is good if you're looking to really indulge, but it is one of those I have to modify for my taste ordering it w/o cheese and doing the horseradish again instead of the ranch.

    1. Quizno's - hands down. I was in a similar situation as you for two years, stuck between chain take-outs. They give you more and better meat, the sauces they have are pretty good, and the bread is by far better than Subway. (Notice that Subway says it's "baked fresh" not "made fresh." The bread arrives pre-packaged and is plopped in their convection ovens for a few minutes. Toasting it only slightly improves the gumminess. And what's with that smell?)

      At Quizno's, I would often get one of their grilled chicken sandwiches. I also like the Italian, which might not have provolone, but at least it has mozzarella and not american.

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      1. re: mojoeater

        Ha! I was convinced I was the only one completely turned off by the Subway smell. What could be in their bread that gives off that funk? And it sticks to you for the rest of the day. Eck.

        Oh, and Quizno's is much better. I like their version of the french dip sandwich, don't recall what they call it. Their bread is much better in general and I like toasted sandwiches. They also have some sort of hot sauce in little plastic packages, next to the banana peppers, that is FANTASTIC.

        1. re: Faraway11

          I'll third you on that weird Subway smell! If they're actually baking bread, shouldn't the place actually smell like a... BAKERY?

          What a shocking concept!

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          1. re: Mr Taster

            I'm with you on this one. Every Tuesday, a co-worker of mine buys an italian sub and microwaves (that's right-he cooks the cold sub, veggies and all) it as soon as he gets into the office. This magnifies the horrible smell put off by that thing. It smells like B.O. My wife and i joke on Tuesday that it's "armpit sandwich" day. Yuck!

      2. I agree with your Quiznos leaning. I used to have 2 Quiznos within walking distance in grad school and ate at one other the other of them probably twice a week while in school. Now I only have a Subway anywhere near my office and I lament the fact on the, about once a month, occasion that I get a sandwich from them. To my taste, Quiznos is superior in every facet. The bread is more substantial, the meats are more prevalent (and _feel_ less processed - I actually don't know much about the processed nature of either restaurants' meats) and the veggies fresher. The cheese also has actual cheesy flavor at Quiznos. I am a big fan of the "Classic Italian" sub (no olives) and I also like their version of the French Dip. Their BLT is also quite good. Now I'd really like a classic italian sub.

        One good price tip, if you don't mind the way the Quiznos sandwiches hold (ie, the bread will get soft) get the largest size, eat half and save the other for later (or split it with someone). Helps a bit.

        1. If given the choice of either Subway or Quiznos I would choose Quiznos every time. I've never liked Subway - I think the bread tastes funny. I also like that Quiznos has the toasted subs, although I'm sure everyone else has jumped on the bandwagon by now. It's been awhile since I've eaten at Quiznos, but I would usually order the Cabo Chicken sandwich (which I just tried to find online and it isn't on their menu for some reason). It was spicy from the chipotle mayo and all the toppings came together nicely to make a pretty tasty sandwich.

          1. I definitely don't go to Subway. Quizno's sandwiches are warm, which makes their sandwiches just taste better. The Quizno's near my work had excellent service - quick, accurate, friendly, so I like going to them, although there were plenty of other hcoices. I always get the Honey Mustard Chicken salad. If you go online and sign up, you'll get emails about once or twice a month that will save you $1 or $2.

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            1. re: boltnut55

              I totally forgot about those coupons. They also occasionally have the ones for chips and a drink included with the sub. Although they switched to Pepsi from Coke and so I rarely get drinks there anymore.

              1. re: boltnut55

                I forgot about the flatbread salads! Those are actually pretty good. I used to get the Cobb with balsamic instead of ranch. The bread makes it very filling, and it ends up being more food than a sub.

                1. re: mojoeater

                  I love the flatbread salads. I generally get the Cobb salad with peppercorn Caesar dressing rather than ranch. I becomes a big mishmash of flavors but I like it.

                  I also like the Turkey Lite sandwich with a ton of banana peppers. This is not a place to go if you need to watch you sodium.

              2. This is one of those annual posts. There will be another one next year.

                I'm with you that Q is better, but it's more about the quality of the innards. I don't eat lunch meat (maybe turkey sometimes), so it's either veggie or tuna. The quality of the cheeses at S have, to me at least, always seemed like the worst of the worst of the cheap grocery store off-brands, barely better than no-name velveeta substitute. Whew! That felt good.

                At the risk of the "don't go".. is there a Potbelly's anywhere near you, yet?

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                1. re: Loren3

                  "This is one of those annual posts. There will be another one next year."

                  Sorry, I did a search (or at least as much of one as I can do with the present search engine) and didn't see a post that pitted Quizno's and Subway. Hate to be redundant.

                  There is a Potbelly in the area (about 20 minutes away), but not close enough to run out and get a sandwich and get back before my lunch time is up. Same with Schlotsky, which I tried once, and wasn't that thrilled with anyway.

                  1. re: Loren3

                    Having the luxury of living in Chicago where potbelly's started I have ready access to the chain - IMHO they make the best sub sandwich far out shies Quiznos or Subway -

                  2. I also enjoy the classic Italian at Quiznos. I ask them to put on a bunch of those sweet peppers. I forget what they are called. And with the coupons they put in the newspapers the price isnt bad. Salads are good too. I feel that it's a half-step above fast food.

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                    1. re: tom porc

                      That's a really great way to describe it. They're the chain version of several of the local sorts of sub shops I come across.

                      1. re: tom porc

                        I do too, Tom, which is why I choose to go there and grab a small sandwich instead of hitting the McD's drive through. I save that for when I REALLY need it!
                        I've never checked out the nutritional info, but it makes me at least think that I'm eating better. The ingredients are fresher than fast food and it doesn't feel like I ate a huge lump of grease that sits in my stomach for hours afterwards. So, your description is perfect.
                        If I could only find a local sub shop that made a decent sandwich... I just don't get why they don't open places like that down here?

                        1. re: QueenB

                          It turns out that Quiznos nutritional info is distressingly difficult to find. I poked all over their website and came up with info for two small "light" subs and nothing else. I tend to think that its probably a better nutritional deal than McDonald's or other burger based fast food, but I'd really like to have some evidence to demonstrate it.

                          1. re: ccbweb

                            I agree with the unfortunate lack of nutritional info. Logic tells me, though, that if you're watching your fat and calorie intake you should stay away from all the fancy sauces and large anythings. Most processed meats are also distressingly high in fat and calories.

                            If you're watching your sodium you should find another place to eat entirely. All the dressings, whether "lite" or not, are high in sodium, as are most of the meats.

                            I'm sure you can eat healthy there, depending on your dietary needs, if you exercise some caution and common sense.

                            1. re: rockycat

                              have you tried emailing the company to ask for the info? Some companies will not send it, but many will.
                              I am not a subway fan, and I haven't eaten at quiznos - it was my understanding that Q had a set menu of sandwiches you could order and you couldn't ask for them without items or with extras - is this just a mis-understanding? or perhaps it was the result of a snarky sales person at the chain i heard about?

                              1. re: jujuthomas

                                At our Quizno's here, you can put extras on the sandwich, and have stuff taken off. You can also substitute different cheeses/sauces, etc...

                                1. re: jujuthomas

                                  My experience with Quiznos is that they have the sandwiches set if you like them that way (ie, is different from Subway which starts from meat and bread and then you tell them what to add for the most part, Quiznos starts with a particular set of meat, cheese, condiments and veggies and you tell them to add or hold things if you like). I've always altered the sandwiches I get (ie, no olives, or hold the dressing, or what have you).

                                2. re: rockycat

                                  I agree across the board. If one really wants to watch calories/fat/carbs/sodium then there are reasonable things you should be doing no matter where you choose to eat. (Granted, if your'e trying to keep carbs lower, going to a sandwich shop is a rough start). Sodium is going to be fairly difficult to deal with if you're eating out, especially fast (or quick, or whatever) food. But there are things like opting for turkey over roast beef, hold whatever dressing and cheese, get smaller portions, ask for extra veggies (especially if tomatoes are in season, yum).

                                  I have cystic fibrosis which means that I need to take in a fairly ridiculous (on the high end) amount of calories and protein on a daily basis. (I know, I know, sounds like a good problem and every so often the need to take in lots of calories isn't the worst thing going, ie, if I get a craving for fried chicken). So, my interests in the nutrional information are actually on the other end of the scale. I like their sandwhiches and I expect that they're very high in calories and protein but probably also exceedingly high in fat (which doesn't work out so well for me). I eat them less frequently than I used to in large part because I can't keep track of my intake without the nutritional information.

                                  As with most any place that will serve you a salad; if you control the level of dressing and skip the cheese, you can probably get a very reasonably healthy meal. A, rockycat, you've touch a good nerve with the call for common sense. Thanks.

                                3. re: ccbweb

                                  Check out this website for nutritional information.
                                  Go to the Fast-Food Chains & Restaurants section. This site is also great for getting a calorie count for most foods, raw and cooked.

                                  1. re: Bethwick

                                    Thanks for the link. Do you know where they get their info for places such as Quiznos that doesn't seem to publish it freely anywhere?

                                    1. re: ccbweb

                                      You could ask this question about Quiznos, you might get an answer.
                                      I found the following on their website.

                                      3. Where do you get all the nutritional data in the database and books from?
                                      The information in our database is obtained from a variety of sources which include our own laboratory analysis, computer extrapolations from food ingredients, food manufacturers, scientific publications, US Dept of Agriculture, Food Industry Produce Boards & Councils.

                                  2. re: ccbweb

                                    There have been reports that Quiznos has some of the fattiest sandwiches, so be very careful if you're watching your weight. Their salads have also been analyzed and have an outrageous calorie/fat content, even with the fat free dressing and no cheese.

                              2. Definitely a fan of the Q brand. The only time I go to Subway is to get the salads when I am on Atkins, and that is not often at all, though probably should be more often. The beef sandwiches at Quizno's are consistently good given that any place serving a processed roasted beef product borders on mediocre at best. The 89 pepper sauce is good on everything, maybe even pancakes!

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                                1. re: GroovinGourmet

                                  If you're in the mood for something different, I think Quizno's clam chowder is pretty good (for Quizno's). But I would get a plain bowl, not that big bread bowl they try to sell. You could also have the plain bowl with your sandwich, depending on your appetite.

                                2. SUBWAY!!! i love subway and i really do NOT like quizno's for a number of reasons.

                                  first, quizno's bread does not taste good. i know subway is just processed chemical bread that happens to be baked on site - but it does not taste bad. it's just like regular rolls you'd get at the supermarket. quizno's bread tastes so bad - i need to put condiments on to cover the taste - that's not good.

                                  second - quizno's "sauces" are awful. they drench all their sandwiches in sauces or vinegrettes and though they cover the taste of the bread a little - they just are not that good. plus (which i will get to later) they are probably totally full of fat and calories that aren't adding any value to my life.

                                  third - quizno's meat doesn't really ever taste like anything. it's boring.

                                  fourth - quizno's doesn't publicize it's nutritional information!!!! it's like a sandwich could be 1000 calories. i'm not a super diet freak - but for lunch (and for just a regular sandwich) - i don't want to waste my daily calories. AND - i'd at least like to know if i was. thier failure to give me the information is v. annoying.

                                  i also find quizno's assembly line to be fairly disorganized. like you get started - they put it through the toaster and then it comes out. it's like you have to do the picking and choosing of "extras" twice which increases the time. i don't like that. and they sometimes say that some condiments are located in the condiment area rather than putting them on the sandwich.

                                  i like subway b/c it is super tasty, really good nutritional (and informatoinal) wise, organized, fast, and cheap.

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                                  1. re: dtud

                                    ...and i can go to sleep tonight content in the knowledge I am not alone. =)

                                  2. Hmmm. Bone cancer or lymphatic cancer? Which is worse? Decisions, decisions...

                                    I suppose the Subway "smell" (which I believe is the yeast cultures they use in their "bread") is slightly worse than the mouth-shredding stale bread that Quiznos uses. So I can either have the funky Subway odor premeate my clothes or spit blood and shreds of upper-mouth skin from the searing cheese and sandpaper texture of Quiznos bread? Then again, every Subway sandwich I've tried tastes like every other sandwich I've tried so there's the consistency factor. But most of the Quiznos I've been to seem to be operated by complete stoners running on downers and locked in slo-mo mode. But at least they rarely screw the sandwich up, so minor nod to Quiznos there.

                                    If I'm in a "deli wasteland" and those are my only two choices, I'd either pack my own sandwich or get ANYTHING else. Really, I've bought stuff in gas stations that were better than either of these places. Try plugging your zip code into Google Maps and search for "food." You may find some hole-in-the-wall serving something more appetizing. Good luck!

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                                    1. re: monkeyrotica

                                      Haven't tried quizno's even with the coupons yet.At Subway I usually get the honey oat bread with an Italian BMT on it.The Subways by me have provolone cheese,and they don't seem to stink either that I have noticed.
                                      I try to buy the stuff to make my own however.Sure it may cost more to do that in some ways,but i get more than one sandwich for the price,so is cheaper in the long run.Where I live we have both,but we also have a little sandwich shop up by the laundry mat,and some other places.

                                      1. re: HollyDolly

                                        I tried Quizno's a few times when they invaded Northern Virginia and paved the way with $2 coupons. The sandwiches were so salty that even with $2 off they weren't worth it for me.

                                        I have eaten Subway for many, many, many years -- since so long ago that I remember when the BMT sandwich (at least at the Subway on Thayer St in Providence, which was shaped like a narrow subway car) was accompanied by an IRT and an IND, swear to god. I don't go much any more but when I do crave a cheap chain sub I choose Subway over Quizno's.

                                      2. re: monkeyrotica

                                        I'm with you.... the 1-2 punch of "Super Size Me" and reading "Fast Food Nation" has put me off all fast food for about 3 years now. I've reached the point where I don't even see their product as food... (and I used to be a big fan of the McD's $1 menu) I'm serious, it doesn't matter how hungry I am, I just can't bring myself to eat any any of them anymore.

                                        The thing is, once I removed them from my list, I found that there's **always** another option.

                                        Really... go with monkeyrotica... there has to be some viable alternative, even if you bring the supermarket ingredients with you and make the sandwich fresh at lunchtime yourself. Convenience shouldn't be the ultimate trump card when it comes to putting weird things in your body.

                                        Sorry if you see this as being an unhelpful post... but really, if taken as intended, it could be the most helpful post here... I really am just trying to help.

                                        By the way, where do you live? (my culinary wasteland of 4.5 years was central Missouri)

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                                        1. I'm a die hard Quiznos fan. Far superior sub to Subway.
                                          There is one exception, at least around my work. Subway's tuna sub is better. It's also the only sub I'll order from them.

                                          I have no idea what smell people are talking about. Unless, I sometimes do get a whiff of something that, if memory serves (I worked at BK many moons ago), is the sanitizer they use when washing dishes.


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                                          1. re: Davwud

                                            It's a funky sour smell that hits you when you walk into every single Subway restaurant.

                                            Again, fresh baked bread should smell like.... fresh baked bread, Right? Or am I crazy?

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                                          2. Quiznos. Hold the sauce, please. The meat is decent and I've never had a problem with the bread. I think they are supposed to bake it daily and dispose of it every evening, so I don't see how anyone is getting stale bread there.

                                            I like their pickle bar.

                                            1. Subway has positioned it self to be more in line with the health conscious. Less calories, healthier sides like packaged fruit. In the commercials Subway is advertising low cal and Quiznos is advertising more meat. I don't eat at either one but you can see a definite difference in direction from their ads

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                                              1. re: scubadoo97

                                                This is nit picky because your point is generally right on; but, Subway emphasizes low fat, not low calories. There are still a fair number of calories in their sandwiches, but it is possible to get a very low fat sandwhich if one skips the mayo and cheese. Subway is far out ahead in providing complete and accurate nutrional information for their food.

                                                1. re: scubadoo97

                                                  That is marketing. I would venture to say that a sandwich at either place would be relatively low in calories if you stuck to the leaner meats and avoided cheeses and dressing. Same with a salad from either place.

                                                2. Quizno's salads aren't bad either, if you're feeling a need to go lowcarb. Spring mix, mini tomatoes. There was a pretty nice no-fat or low-fat dressing too (some type of red pepper vinaigrette).

                                                  1. Guess I'm in the minority, but I prefer Subway, with the caveat that there are good and bad stores in any franchise. I have a couple of favorite Subways I go to, and one in particular that I will never set foot in again. A lot of one's Subway experience depends on your franchisee, IMO. And I'm sure the converse is true for one's Quiznos experience. Gotta say, I'm not familiar with the Subway smell.

                                                    I just don't like Quiznos. I know Subway gives you a premeasured amount of meat, ie 2-3 uniform slices, but the weighing the meat thing at Quiznos just irks me. God forbid they allot a customer a half-ounce more than their share. If I recall correctly, they measured the bread with a ruler, too. That kind of stuff just puts me off.

                                                    The sauces are bland, gacky and not necessary. In particular, their turkey-bacon-guac sandwich -- three ingredients that I just love -- was just an unappetizing mess. The sauce took over the sandwich and didn't even taste like much. Coupled with the bacon, it was a saltfest that I did not enjoy.

                                                    Around here, Quiznos cost about $1 more for a small sandwich (vs a 6-inch Sub), and it's just not worth it for me. That coupled wth Subway's easily available nutrition information and flexibility about what goes on your sandwich, makes Subway my choice.

                                                    Unless of course there's a local mom-and-pop type deli around -- then that's my choice.

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                                                    1. re: harrie

                                                      Gacky???? LOL
                                                      Anyway, I agree about Quizno's sandwiches - with all that stuff in there (including - what is that black stuff - pepper?) going on, it's just too "busy" for me - I've never even tried a Quizno's (I know, I should try it before I say I don't like it), but if I ever do, I'm sure I'm going to order it pretty plain. All that other stuff just turns me off. Just give me good ol' mayonnaise.

                                                      1. re: harrie

                                                        At the risk of sounding like a Quiznos defender to the end:
                                                        weighing meat and measuring bread isn't just about not giving the customer too much, its also about not giving the customer too little. I have aboslutely no problem whatsoever with a restaurant controlling its portions. Most restaurants measure what they're dishing out (weighing fish when portioning it before service, etc) because they have to know how much product they're serving and they need to make sure they don't give a customer a 1 pound piece one day and a 7 ounce piece another day.

                                                        Not liking Quiznos, cool. But taking exception to the way they make sure they control portions sizes doesn't seem a reasonable objection to me. Also, they'll adjust sandwiches by leaving things off or adding things to it.

                                                        The smaller, one off places are great. I love the "Atomic Sub" at a local deli...best sandwhich I've ever had.

                                                        1. re: ccbweb

                                                          I understand the portion and/or cost control part of business. And I would guess that the Subway meat is sliced so that when you grab 3 slices, you get "x" ounces of meat, so they do portion control as well. I'm not saying Quiznos is stingy, and Subway is not. And you're absolutely right about measuring the ingredients also working to the benefit of the customer.

                                                          I guess it's just my personal gripe that I don't want to know that stuff is being metered, and so I don't want to see the scale and the ruler. Maybe it's because I do the eyeball measure in much of my cooking, but I just want a really good sandwich, not a sandwich that fits squarely into a box of very exact dimensions, so to speak. That's a horrible metaphor, but it's all I've got left on a Friday afternoon.

                                                          I want to believe that the person making my sandwich knows what they're doing, and knows what makes a sandwich good, not that they're following precise directions put in place by Corporate. I want my sandwich maker to be an artist, not an engineer. Which is why I go to the deli, not a chain, whenever possible.

                                                          1. re: harrie

                                                            I get what you're saying. Goes to presentation across the board for restaurants I suppose because most of them try to engineer as much of it as they possibly can so that they know what they're turning out each and every time. Sandwhich shop or not.

                                                            1. re: harrie

                                                              A couple of things for you to ponder Harrie.

                                                              I used to work at Burger King when I was a teenager. Right in front of us on the "Burger board" was a chart on how to make the different sandwiches. So many pickles, so much mustard, yada, yada, yada.
                                                              The point is, it's happening everywhere you go. You maybe just don't get to see it. Which I guess is your point.

                                                              Secondly, and I couldn't believe I was seeing this. At a Subway a person in front of me ordered a tuna sub. They gave him 3 mounded scoops of tuna. He complained about the fact that the last time he got 4 scoops. The person explained that, SOP is 4 leveled scoops. To save time they just do 3 mounded sometimes. It turned into quite the little argument with him leaving without a sandwich.
                                                              Measuring everything, every time will alleviate this problem.


                                                              1. re: Davwud

                                                                Please don't get me wrong -- I'm not a Subway cheerleader and consider Subway and Quiznos basically the same place in a lot of ways. Like: processed food product; underpaid, often apathetic or uncommitted help; and food choices that aren't particularly healthful unless you order carefully. But put a gun to my head and force me to pick one, I'll go for the Subway.

                                                                I can believe what you saw at Subway with the tuna. And I wouldn't be surprised to see the same scenario at many other fast food places. The obvious solution (to me) is to put a fourth, heaping scoop of tuna on the sandwich -- operating costs be darned -- and make the customer happy; but with the whole automated, SOP setup there's no room for counter help autonomy. And that experience can be a downer for all parties involved. (This is probably why I don't have my own business -- I'd quickly go broke.)

                                                                Now -- please don't get me wrong here either. I understand the purpose of the burger/sandwich charts. Structure is useful. It's when iron-clad structure robs the sandwich maker (or any servicer person) of the ability to react intelligently to the curve ball coming their way (ie, the tuna customer) that I get frustrated. And I'm sorry I don't want to see the scale, but I just don't.

                                                                1. re: harrie

                                                                  You're perfect within your right to not go to Quiznos because the system they use irks you.
                                                                  As for places that put in systems and standards there is a huge reason for doing this that I didn't mention above. It's so that the sandwich (Or burger or whatever) you get at the chain in Seattle is the same one you get in Miami. It's a big selling point.
                                                                  As for the structure of how to make a Whopper, let's just say I used it as a guideline. I had someone do qualitly control on a Whopper I made. I used my judgement on the extra pickles they ordered and put on a few more. Not the one extra that was instructed. I got question on it but in the end, the QC guy said that it was quite good and he was happy. So there.


                                                                  1. re: Davwud

                                                                    I went for lunch today and had a Steakhouse Beef Dip. It was roast beef, swiss and "onion sauce." Au jus on the side. The sandwich was ample and toasted as promised but it tasted like...nothing. It had absolutely no flavor save for the au jus. I didn't taste any cheese. Luckily, I picked up some jalapenos, pickles and banana peppers to complement it.

                                                                    I love the Classic Italian (it's close) but their other choices leave me cold. I need to find more lunch spots. I work on a college campus and there is a dearth of independant shops here, unfortunately.

                                                                    1. re: Davwud

                                                                      I always order a Whopper Jr. with extra pickle, extra tomato, and it seems to me that I get at least two extra tomato slices and a mound of pickles. Makes me happy, and keeps me out of McD's!

                                                                      Here in Canada, we have a homegrown chain, Mr. Sub, which my family far prefers to either Q's or S. They make their own bread too, but like all the others, none of the loaves are crusty. You have to ask to have them toasted. That said, they offer plenty of varieties at much more affordable prices, IMHO.

                                                                  2. re: Davwud

                                                                    "Right in front of us on the "Burger board" was a chart on how to make the different sandwiches."

                                                                    Hee.. reminds me of a story. A few years ago, my husband went to Wendy's for lunch. They had a new sandwich on the menu and he asked what was on it, and one of the items was "sauce." He asked what kind of sauce and was told again: "sauce." He said yes, but what <i>kind</i> of sauce? and the cashier walked away from him. She returned a few seconds later with the card that tells how to make the sandwich, and showed him- sure enough, it said "sauce."

                                                                    1. re: whirlygirly

                                                                      And they call you "Whirlygirly"!!!!


                                                                2. re: ccbweb

                                                                  My pet peeve is that I ask for "Absolutely Everything" and they query me on every item even after I repeat it a couple of times. We then get into a discussion on the English language. I just want to order once, get my sandwich and eat.

                                                                  1. re: NVJims

                                                                    Unfortunately, that's because they've learned that each customer's version of "everything" or "absolutely everything" is, in fact, different and that most people didn't actually mean "everything." I feel your pain, though...I also order "everything, please" and then say "yes" a lot when they respond with "onions?" "peppers?"

                                                              2. The secret to making Subway edible.... Get spinach instead of iceberg lettuce. Also if you get the Subway melt it has bacon on thus making it delicious. Bacon=delicious

                                                                1. I prefer Subway to Quiznos, but the smaller chains seem to be even better. Potbelly is too far for you, but what about Jimmy Johns? With their toasting everything, Potbelly seems to be taking on Quiznos; in the same way, JJ seems to be taking on Subway. The menu is simple, and the folks at the few that I've been to are pretty good about customizing. Their veggie sub (8") without mayo, with mustard, pops in at 425 calories, 12 g fat. Knock the provolone out, and you are down to 300 and 2.

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                                                                  1. I had a Quiznos Italian sub tonight. It had so much meat on it that I could barely get my mouth around it. It was great. Love their Italian dressing. Felt that my money was well spent.
                                                                    Subway....had not been there for years....but stopped in because my grandson needed to use the restroom. Decided I should buy something. Ordered the Italian sub. Was surprised when they asked me what kind of dressing...on an Italian sub?...Italian!! Was informed that they don't have Italian dressing. Very wierd to me. There was hardly any meat on the sub....I will always choose Quiznos over Subway.

                                                                    1. In our neighborhood on Sunday nights, there's virtually nothing open but Subway and Mcdonalds (nearest Quiznos is several miles away), so last night because I didn't want to cook, we stopped at the Subway.
                                                                      It was so slow, even with only one customer ahead of me, that the two girls working the line heated my sandwiches and then let them lay there open-faced getting cold until they topped them. I ordered everything but tomatoes (because they weren't white, they were faint pink), but when I got them home and looked at my 1/2 a sandwich, there was one pickle slice, one olive slice, one banana pepper slice on six inches of sub. I had to open the fridge for re-inforcements on toppings.
                                                                      Next time, I might just drive those miles out of my way for a sandwich with something ON it.

                                                                      1. Tried Quiznos once, and only once, and may be a bit biased because of that,and only tried one sandwich and that was the Veggie. Like another poster here, it was really slow, and the line was out the door practically, and wasn't moving too swiftly either. The guacamole on the sandwich was almost non-existant. I also found the sandwich to be overly toasted, the kind of over toasting that inflicts damage to the roof of your mouth-no fun.

                                                                        Overall I found it very "meh"....and not worth the price at all.

                                                                        1. I really really like Subway but I think I might be at the point where I eat it too much ($5 footlong split between two days is an awesome deal...) that Quizno's is a welcome change. I tried Quizno's pesto turkey torpedo and it's pretty darn good!

                                                                          1. I actually prefer Subway. Some reasons are:
                                                                            I can load my sub up with however many veggies I want and that, in addition to the meat it comes with, is very satisfying.
                                                                            Additional & easy customization: Subway asks what sauce you want. That means I don't have to get southwestern sauce if I don't want to :) For people who complain that they shouldn't be asked what sauce they'd like on an Italian sub, well, that's customization for you. Some people don't like Italian sauce. Does that mean they shouldn't enjoy the rest of the sub with another sauce? I know we can tweak our Quizno subs a little if we want, but with the veggies and condiments hidden behind a high screen, I don't know what I can or cannot tweak them with.
                                                                            I just had Quiznos and it left me wanting way, way more. Granted their premium subs are pretty fantastic (especially prime rib with peppercorn sauce.. Mmmmm), but I don't want to shell out that much money on a sub on a regular basis. Which brings me to my last point.
                                                                            Money, money, money!!! Subway's a lot cheaper. If I'm going to eat out reguarly, I like to think I get more bang for my buck at Subway.

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                                                                            1. re: Irma

                                                                              totally agree- while my subs are actually more like a salad on bread, i love the fact that i can pile on the veggies they have. it makes it a really refreshing and satisfying meal. i definitely crave subway after workouts, or when i feel i need a pick-me up boost. subway all the way

                                                                            2. This is like a two year old thread but who cares. I was actually going to post this in the Blimpie vs Subway thread but I’ll throw in Quiznos in the mix.

                                                                              Cold cut sandwich: Blimpie
                                                                              Specialty sandwich: Quiznos
                                                                              Best price: Subway
                                                                              Short and sweet = Blimpie has better bread and sandwiches / Subway has more locations and is less expensive and Quizno’s does well with their specialty sandwiches but for somebody like me who generally wants a light lunch I tend to stay away from Quizno’s offerings. Ultimately it depends on the location itself.

                                                                              Blimpie’s bread is much better than either Subway or Quizno’s it’s a much chewier, soft bread where as Quizno’s is more of an Italian harder bread and Subway which is just spongy/flakey.
                                                                              Subway is cheaper but you get about 3 pieces of meat per 6 inch.
                                                                              I like how Blimpie cuts the meat for your sandwich rather than it being pre-cut pre weighted. It seems like you get a lot more meat on your sandwich at a good Blimpie location.
                                                                              I’d prefer to keep it Blimpie vs Subway… if you’re going to consider Quizno’s then I gotta throw in Panera which imo is much better than Quiznos.

                                                                              1. I can't get over "that smell" at every Subway--no matter the store. All I know is normally when bread is baking at other places, "that smell" never happens.

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                                                                                1. re: Jacey

                                                                                  That smell also stays in the air when people bring it into the office- especially when the sandwich has onions on it. Any other sandwich doesn't really have a smell that lingers quite as long.

                                                                                2. So in the past 4 years, have any other sandwich chains opened in this deli wasteland of yours? There seem to be a lot more Potbelly's and Jimmy Johns near me, neither of which I'm particularly fond of but both serve products that are far superior to either Subway or Quiznos.

                                                                                  1. My only complaint with Quiznos is that their sandwiches often end up being a gooey mess of meat and sauces. I never have that happen with Subway.

                                                                                    1. Ever since I sat next to the restroom at Quiznos, and the counter guy (a kid) came right out of the restroom without washing his hands, I haven't been able to eat there, or any other Quiznos. And I always think Subways feel slightly unclean. I don't have these feelings about any other sandwich shops.