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Office mate was out and I asked that she pick up something for me when she got her lunch. I said 'whatever' she got.

I don't like Subway and never go there.

She brought back Subway sweet onion teriyaki chicken sandwich.

I'm a convert.

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  1. You say you don't like subway, so does that mean you don't like sandwiches in general? When at subway unless you get a sub with one of their proprietary sauces the sub is really the same thing you could make at home, and your going there more for the convenience. I like subway and think they are a great, healthy fast food option.

    1. I used to enjoy their oven roasted chicken breast - even tho let's be realistic, that is NOT chicken. I had one a few weeks ago, and the chicken was even more fake now. If subway used real meat, then I would be a fan. Alas, they slop out overprocessed meat style "loafs" to those who will accept it as food. The veggie selections I love, the wonder bread loaves I can look past, but the pretend meat is a dealbreaker.

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      1. re: gordeaux

        None of the Subways I have been to use "loafs" for their chicken breast. The breasts may not be large, but they are chicken breasts. Now, I can't say that about the roast beef or turkey (it's the same stuff they use the grocery deli for the most part), but the chicken sure looks and tastes like real chicken to me.

        1. re: Fibber McGee

          The last two times I ordered sandwiches with the chicken breast, they were clearly fake. I used to get them regularly because they were seemingly real, although still pressed. These two recent orders were blatantly faux chicken. Hopefully the ones in your area will not switch. I also find it humorous that they paint the outsides of their "turkey" loaf brown now to make it look like there is some kind of skin. Their roast "beef" should be outlawed. What in the world IS that stuff, anyway?

          1. re: gordeaux

            I get the whole chicken breast sandwich- they warm it in the microwave- not the chicken breast lunchmeat stuff. You have to ask for it. It's real.

            1. re: Cathy

              I always order the "chicken" breast. It's not a sliced lunchmeat, but a pressed patty shaped type deal. They are formed to look like chicken breasts. In my area, the last two times I ordered one (different stores, too) they were way fake. Previously, they were made from real chicken meat. The last two times, however, they were foamy things, like whipped chicken meat with filler, and then re-pressed into chicken breast looking patty things.

              1. re: gordeaux

                Oh. I guess it depends on the store then. I have only had real. But I only go to one location. If I am out and about, there is always something else to try.

      2. I do like sandwiches, but had come to equate Subway with sub-par ingredients and most of all too much sub par bread.
        That was not the case yesterday; the bread was a freshly baked crunchy roll, not too much and the chicken was real chicken, the lettuce and tomatoes were fresh, the sauce was both light and tasty.
        A real surprise. I won't dread the next time someone suggests Subway.

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        1. re: laliz

          Unless your Subway has gone "rogue" I've never had anything resembling good bread at a Subway. Subway is where you go when you're in a hurry or there's nothing else around. Otherwise, it's the absolute lowest-common-denominator fast food around. I have any number of "real" sub shops near me which outshine Subway even on their worst day,

        2. For me the problem with Subway is the smell. My first job out of college was in a strip mall next door to a Subway and the smell permeated our office.

          If someone brings me a Subway sub the way I like it, no problem, but if I step into a Subway that distinct smell sends me away.

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          1. re: Janet from Richmond

            Janet - I think we've discussed this before. I cannot abide by the smell of a Subway. It's that bread. It permeates the entire area surrounding the store. I find that Pizza Hut is just as bad and will go out of my way to avoid them. Not food related, but I'm also getting that way with Abercrombie & Fitch. I avoid the wing that it's on at the mall because the smell makes me gag. They must spray an entire bottle of their cologne each day before they open the store. I wonder how anyone at any of those establishments can smell or taste anything at the end of their shifts.

            1. re: southernitalian

              Mt daughtter works at Abercrombie, They spray ALL day long. When she comes home from work, we make her change and shower in our "off the garage" bathroom before entering the house.
              She definitely has lost some of her smell and taste senses. When she has a few days off she is able to again appreciate the smell and taste of food. When she's working, it's Taco Bell or Mcds.

          2. The last time I attempted to eat at Subway was 4 years ago. I'd already felt like I was eating bad crap to begin with, but this time it really took the cake. The tubs of lettuce were rotten. I didn't say anything as they were making the sandwich, because I thought it should be obvious that they would notice and replace them with fresh lettuce. But no. So when I got he sandwich at the register, I told them about the rotten lettuce and left without the sandwich. That was the last time I every went into a Subways. Who needs to eat their fat-laden crap anyways.

            1. Subway is being held to way to high a standard. Some posters are talking about how the bread is sub-standard and how the meat is over processed deli meat. But really thats what subway is, your not paying for a real chicken breast, and organic chicken breast, your paying for a decent sub sandwich like you had all your life. It is just deli meat, deli cheese, and bread, its equal to what you would get if you went to the grocery store and bought sandwich bread, and deli meat. I have never seen anything but fresh, and good produce. At Subway you are paying $5 dollars for a foot long sub that tastes pretty good. Subway is to sandwiches as Mc donalds is to hamburgers, its not spectacular, or the best ever, but its well priced, a nice lunch, and tastes pretty good.

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              1. re: OkcChow

                I'm holding it to the standard of the sandwich places in my area. They'll sell you a sandwich on a real Italian loaf (crispy exterior) with salamis, cold cuts, provolone, swiss and the Subway-grade shredded lettuce and tomato for about the same price, give or take a buck. They also have eggplant parmesan and pepper and egg for roughly the same price. And in the other direction there's a Cuban take-out that does excellent Cuban pressed sandwiches also in the $5-6 range.

                Even Quizno's gives you better bread.

                1. re: ferret

                  I must agree that the bread at SubstandardWay sucks. It is always soft, mushy and tasteless.
                  My first job after College back in 1976 was working for Leon's Bakery in Hamden, CT as purchasing/office manager.
                  At that time we baked and delivered to Subway all of their bread. It was just a small local chain that had not franchised yet. Later it was bought out by Doctor's Associates (from Bridgeport, CT). They put the money in for expansion. We then started providing them withFrozen Bake-off product which was still good.

                  Now they bake garbage in 'rubbery' trays. No way to get crisp. It's all like mush and falls apart when the bread is cut.

                  If you remeber back 30 years or more, Subway would cut a VEE the length of the bread out of the top, fill the sandwich and place the wedge back on top. The crap they serve now has to be sliced horizontally, it couldn't stand up to the old ways.

                  My other complaint is the lack of consistency among the locations. I like spinach and sweet (marinated peppers) on my sandwich or salad. No spinach available in Trumbull (1 mile from home), but is available in Monroe (3 miles from home).

                  If you dare to contact SubstandardWay HQ in Milford, CT with a complaint, you are told: "All locations are individually owned, we'll forward your complaint, but we will not get back to you or follow up'"

                  SubstandardWay, Only in desperation, or when my 12 year old and her BB team want to stop after the game.

                2. re: OkcChow

                  I've never had fake meats "all my life" and would certainly never choose to buy that quality of meat at any grocery store deli. Most grocery store delis have those fake meat loaves, and they also have real meat too. Turkey, chicken and beef are not "open to interpretation" in my book. Never will be, either. I definitely respect your point that you get what you pay for, but I'd rather pay a few bucks more and get real food. If subway had real meat, I'd be a fan. I'd also be happy to pay more. If they used real bread and meats, I think I'd probably be happy to pay upwards of 8.00 for a footlong. I wonder how far they are stretching the USDA requirements for calling their substances "turkey breast" and "roast beef." I have had both turkey breast and roast beef, and Subway sells neither of these items.