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May 6, 2011 07:59 PM

about subway

their sandwiches always look real tasty in their ads/commercials. i have never had one that even remotely lived up to the advertising

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  1. I agree 100%. I have have better sandwiches at a highway oasis in the middle of the night than I have ever had from a Subway. It is only for those for whom the lowest common denominator is good enough.

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    1. re: Fydeaux

      "It is only for those for whom the lowest common denominator is good enough."

      That's a bit of a blanket statement at which I take offense. I happen to like Subway. I don't love it and I don't go out of my way to eat there, but when I do have a sandwich from Subway I enjoy it. I've never had lofty expectations from a place like Subway so I am never disappointed. And just for the record...I know what really good quality food is. I just happen to like a Subway sandwich now and then. :)

        1. re: ttoommyy

          What do you eat there and what do you like about it?

          1. re: Chinon00

            "What do you eat there and what do you like about it?"

            I usually get a turkey and cheese with assorted vegetables on it: pickles, black olives, hot peppers, lettuce and tomato. Also oil and vinegar, salt pepper and oregano. Tastes fine. Not the best sandwich by far, but for a quick and relatively inexpensive (for NYC at least) lunch, it's just fine. It's not like I eat this every week; maybe 6-8 times a year is about average for me. I really do not understand the hatred for something that is really not offensive. It's just a sandwich. :)

            1. re: ttoommyy

              I don't think that you answered my question in regard to "what do you like about it" when you responded "[t]astes fine" and "it's just fine". Is there anything that you can describe or tell us that you like about the food?

              1. re: Chinon00

                "Is there anything that you can describe or tell us that you like about the food?"

                Sorry about that.

                Like I said earlier, it's "quick and relatively inexpensive." As to the actual taste of the food, I'd have to say that the combination of vegetables is what I like the most. I can't go on and on about the taste because that's not the main reason why I go there. I go mostly for convenience and price point. I could travel out of my way and get a much better sandwich but it will take up more of my lunch hour and be twice the price. I hope that's a bit more clear.

              2. re: ttoommyy

                My major issue with Subway is that I do not believe they should be allowed to call their representations of meats by the same name that the real meat is called. I have had turkey breast before. Subway most definitely does not use sliced turkey breast on their turkey breast sandwiches. Same with roast beef. I'd eat at Subway several times a week if they offered turkey or roast beef. I'm not a huge fan of their bread, but I love the veggie options. I'd be happy to pay a premium price for real meat, but as it stands, I just can't do jello loaf sandwiches. And their tuna salad is like eating a tuna milkshake. How much sugar can cooked tuna be slathered in? I just don't get Subway. I would love to be able to eat there often, but fake out food is a dealbreaker. I whole heartedly believe that if Subway offered a limited amount of real meat, and charge a premium for it, they would gain marketshare.

                1. re: gordeaux

                  "Gain marketshare"? They're going through a phase of explosive growth. The "$5 Footlong" is the draw. Going to an $8 Footlong would alienate their core clients. The area I live in has a Kosher Subway (why that has any appeal is beyond me) and the sandwiches have "real" meat but can go into double-digits pricewise. A Kosher customer will pay the premium (no idea why, in the end it's still a Subway), but someone in search of a cheap meal will balk.

                  1. re: ferret

                    Offered alongside as a premium. Not replaced.

            2. re: ttoommyy

              I am sorry that you have taken offense, and I have no doubt that your knowledge of quality food is at least equal to my own.

              But Subway really is the hands-down worst food I've ever had to pay for, and a lot that I didnt (i.e. summer camp food, my grandmother's Thanksgiving turkey). Would I rather starve that eat a sandwich from Subway? No, of course not. But I'd rather go hungry.

              If Subway floats your boat, that's OK with me. But there two chains, a couple of 2-3 shop outfits, and a bunch of single sub shops in my city that prove that the food from Subway is fuel only.

              1. re: Fydeaux

                It is without a doubt "lowest-common-denominator food." It's food as a focus group. Bland, textureless bread, bland proteins and shredded lettuce by the handful. It will neither get you sick nor make you crave seconds. It's cheap fuel.

                And I speak from experience because whenever I'm working late it's the only thing near my office that's open after 9PM. I eat it because I need something, but it's not a first (or second, or third or fourth...) choice.

              2. re: ttoommyy

                I enjoy their italian combo w/ peppers. etc. less so the mystery meat types (chicken,etc.

              3. re: Fydeaux

                How many subways have you eaten at?

                1. re: junescook

                  Three, in Des Moines, Milwaukee, and somewhere along the highway in Kentucky. Same results each time. You arent going to try to convince me that I havent given them a fair chance, are you?

                  1. re: Fydeaux

                    Assuming that "rogue" Subway owners are out there, they are by far the exception. More often than not, in the Subways I've visited (far more frequently than I care to think) the owners treat every item as if there's a worldwide shortage. The only thing worse than getting a sandwich at Subway is having to plead with a sandwich-maker to put more than 5 slices of black olive on your sandwich.

                    1. re: Fydeaux

                      Well, if Subway is 'hands down the worst food you ever had to pay for', then you have had a very good life.

                      1. re: Cathy


                        Subway's food may be bland, but it is far from vile. There are many fast-food chains that have served me what I would consider vile food.

                        1. re: Bob W

                          Names please. What's the top three most vile chain meals you've had?

                            1. re: junescook

                              I sure do agree about Domino's.

                              Cathy, I would have to agree.

                              The arguments made in favor of Subway, especially that of proximity, hold no sway with me. Subway happens to be the closest shop of any kind to my house. about 3 blocks. I can go about 4 blocks further and find a Cousin's Sub shop, still far from my favorite in Milwaukee, but worlds better than Subway. As for their relative reliability, that makes it a fuel stop, a port in a storm, something to settle for. NOT something Chow-worthy.

                              Like I said, I wouldnt rather starve, but I would rather go hungry.

                              1. re: Fydeaux

                                I used to work at Domino's and I agree.

                            2. re: monkeyrotica

                              I would go with KFC, Burger King, and Taco Bell, with the caveat that the Taco Bell food I found vile included chicken, which I simply don't order any more.

                              Burger King used to be good. I don't recall ever finding KFC to be good.

                              As for Domino's, can't say I would call it vile, just really, really, really bad pizza.

                              1. re: Bob W

                                I get fried chicken about once a year. I used to like Lee's Famous Recipe but thoyre not here any more. I like the pressure cooked kind I think, juicier. So what do you suggest?

                                1. re: Bob W

                                  You find KFC fried chicken vile?

                    2. I am completely indifferent to Subway's sandwiches, but I find the nondescript "Subway smell" gag inducing. I am incapable of walking into their stores anymore. I don't have this problem at Quiznos, but I find their sandwiches mouth-shredding. I tried Jimmy Johns and was not impressed. The only chain sandwich shop that I find appetizing is Potbelly. Fortunately, there are enough non-chain sandwich shops around that I don't need to patronize any of them.

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                      1. re: monkeyrotica

                        I agree about the smell. My kids like Subway on occasion, I've never been much of a fan, but I don't hate their sandwiches, they're not great, but in a pinch, they're not bad...but what on EARTH is the smell in that store? Now that I bake a lot I occasionally get a faintly similar smell from rising white-flour dough, mostly on hot days when the bread rises too fast. I'm thinking the smell might be a result of some sort of over-proofing? That might also explain why their bread is kind of soft/mushy

                        1. re: tonifi

                          The evergreen question of "what the hell is that smell at Subway" has yet to be conclusively answered. The closest approximation seems to be a combination of yeasts, onions, garlic, and b.o.


                      2. It's basically inoffensive food w/ a health twist. I still marvel at the ability to make bread that apparently will not crust even after being toasted. Incredible. But you know some folks like their bread that way; inoffensive.

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                        1. re: Chinon00

                          Does anyone like their food offensive?

                          1. re: fullyfunctional

                            What I mean is that it won't offend ANYONE'S tastes due to it's overall blandness.

                        2. While it doesn't, every so often I get a craving for it. When I was sick a few weeks ago, all I craved was Subway (I didn't seem to be able to eat anything else)

                          I was lucky one afternoon, I bought a footlong veggie and the guy only charge me for a 6". My son and I ate for $4.

                          1. There is often talk of that horrible smell at Subway, apparently coming from the baking bread.
                            Funny thing, at Subway in Japan they also bake bread and I have never noticed any bad smell at all. The bread is actually quite good, come to think of it. I wonder what the difference is.

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                            1. re: Tripeler

                              In the previous Subway smell thread, a former manager said the bread dough arrived frozen and was reproofed inhouse. Perhaps the technique in Japan is different/less stanky.

                              1. re: monkeyrotica

                                Lots of small bakery chains in Japan use frozen bread dough, and the technology for that is quite good here. Perhaps Subway is using that, I am not sure. But I do know that the Subways in Japan do not smell awful, and the resulting bread is quite good. Plus, it's one of the few fast food places where you can get something with a fair amount of vegetables for about five dollars US.