HOME > Chowhound > Chains >


Subway- First time in a long time; now I remember why....

Had to grab something for lunch, didn't have much money on me, so I hesitantly decided to try a Subway's sub for the first time in maybe 10 years. Decided to play it safe and opted for ham and swiss with lettuce, tomato and mayo.

Ugh! $5 foot long may be cheap, but not when you factor in throwing half of it out. It wasn't that anything was foul tasting, but it was just unremittingly BLAND. Other than texture, I couldn't distinguish if I was biting through lettuce or cheese or ham. They must have a special process for removing all traces of smoke (even fake smoke) from their "black forest ham." Won't be making this mistake again.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Once or twice a year, we'll eat at Subway. We pile on so many jalapenos, peperoncinis, onion, olives,vinegar, etc, that BLAND would never describe it.

    4 Replies
    1. re: c oliver

      LOL That's me. I just had a spicy Italian for lunch. I get all three kinds of available hot peppers -- jalapenos, banana peppers, and "hots" -- so bland is never an issue for me either. I have to say, for $5 it's a cheap and filling meal.

      1. re: Bob W

        A $5 bag of dry cat food would be cheap and filling too.

        1. re: ferret

          But you would have to pay extra for the lettuce and peppers etc. to make it palatable. lol

          Why do people get knocked for having a Subway sandwich they spent $5 on? More power to them if they like it. I know I for one have spent a hell of a lot more on a meal that I was not impressed by.

          1. re: roro1831

            That's the great thing about feet -- they allow you to walk past eateries you don't like.

    2. Try a Jimmy Johns #9...............yummo!!!!!!

      1 Reply
      1. re: Lindseyup67

        Jimmy Johns is far and away a better sandwich

      2. we had subs from Subway in our office the other week. I ordered cheddar, lettuce and tomatoes with mayo. I got a footlong with 2 slices of cheese which were no bigger than 2 x 3 inches, 2 slices of tomato and some shredded lettuce. The mayo was scraped on and scraped off and the cheese had half melted into the bread.
        I went straight back and got my money back. Gross, waste of money and crap. Never again.

        3 Replies
        1. re: smartie

          Strangely, even the lettuce on my sub had zero flavor. Then again, that' s what happens to iceberg that's been chemically treated to prevent browning. After a few days, it looks OK but has no taste.

          1. re: sbp

            Iceberg lettuce ALWAYS has zero flavour. I never, ever, ever get iceberg on a sandwich, especially the plastic garbage lettuce at Subway.

            1. re: John Manzo

              Not even on a BLT? I like it for the crunch that lots of lettuces don't give you.

        2. I like Subway. I get the veggie. But I like to get extra cheese, if I don't get the extra cheese, it's kind of hard to notice the cheese is there with all of the veggies.

          1. A lot depends on which Subway you go to. We have one that is very generous with all of their toppings and has a good variety while the one near where I work is very skimpy and only has one kind of cheese, no olives and only nacho peppers.

            3 Replies
            1. re: LikestoEatout

              Good point. They ARE franchises. The one we hit occasionally put so many and so much of each topping on, they fall out. My husband and I split one and it's plenty.

              1. re: LikestoEatout

                Good point indeed. I remember at one location years ago, the manager was watching one of the employees make my sandwich, and he made sure that the employee used exactly 4 olive slices on my 6" veggie sub.

                1. re: operagirl

                  Isn't the point of subway to have it your way?

                  I've never encountered a subway restaurant where the "sandwich artist" refused to put more of a certain veggie when asked.

                  But i agree that this chain is really inconsistent from one restaurant to another.

              2. I had Subway yesterday, and I like it. I get the oven roasted chicken on honey oat with american cheese, black olives, light mayo, salt and pepper, pickles, and jalapenos. I don't like lettuce, raw onion, or tomato (I know...I know...it's weird but I can't stand them!!) and my sandwich has flavor. Top it off with Peppercorn Ranch Sunchips and a chocolate chip cookie, and I am happy! I do have to say though, that I prefer Quizno's to Subway when I can get over there.

                1. I'll have Subway every once in a while. I don't go there if I want a good sandwich I go there if I have a craving for Subway. I usually get the Veggie Delight which is pretty good. It's a quick, cheap, and healthy(ish) option for $3-5.


                  4 Replies
                  1. re: wontonfm

                    I second the Veggie Delight. I have about 3 of these a year - on those days when I forget to bring my lunch to work. I like it with the chipotle sauce and with lots and lots of banana peppers to fight the bland factor. As wontonfm said, it's "a quick, cheap, and healthy(ish) option for $3-5."

                      1. re: c oliver

                        +3...I only get the veggie. The meat doesn't even look good, but there are days when a salad just won't do it so I'll head to Subway.

                        1. re: grouper

                          I should probably start ordering the Veggie Delight. I usually get the Spicy Italian, but the meats are so skimpy that by the time they get done piling on the veggies (I get every single veggie they have, and make sure they are applied amply) the meat is lost anyway. I could just eat a couple of cheese sticks to get some protein. 8<D

                  2. I'm not defending Subway by any means, but the blandness actually caters to most people's tastebuds. I remember when they opened I thought it was going to be the same as Blimpies. Blimpies was always smothered in seasoning and oil and vinegar and I actually liked it. Subway, is bland, but so many people prefer this that even most delis and restaurants have gone this route.

                    I'd spend the extra few bucks and get something from a deli!