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Dec 19, 2011 04:24 AM

Local Subway variations?

This is just me being curious...

What sorts of oddball subs have you come across in your local Subway franchises?

When I went to the U. of Cincinnati, the local Indian-run Subways had tandoori chicken subs and (my favorite when I was vegetarian) hot black bean subs. Haven't seen those anywhere else.

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  1. My local Subways in Chicagoland have stopped selling meat on their subs. They now use fake, jello-ish, processed meat loaves, but label them as "turkey, roast beef, ham," and such. Their new interpretation of chicken is a foamy white substance that has been machine formed to resemble a chicken breast, and they paint brown stripes on it to resemble grill marks for some reason. They also paint the outer layer of the ersatz turkey product brown to make it appear as though there is some form of "skin" on it. Subway just cracks me up. If they offered turkey or roast beef for a premium price, I'd probably eat there twice a week because I love the whole "salad on bread" sandwich concept, but those "meats" are just hilarious. It's like a chemist's interpretation of food.

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    1. re: gordeaux

      I can't tell if you're joking or not, but my local Boston Subway definitely doesn't sell a "foamy white substance with painted stripes", nor do they sell "jello-ish loaves of ham".

      1. re: Boston_Otter

        Not kidding at all. The turkey, roast beef, ham, and "oven roasted chicken," are all pressed, processed, odd textured substances now. It's pretty hilarious stuff imo, but ppl still line up to get it.

        1. re: Boston_Otter

          The "chicken breast" has definitely had some serious human intervention between the original owner and the customer. Otherwise the cold cuts look like store-bought. Maybe not the highest quality....

        2. re: gordeaux

          I used to be a shift supervisor at Subway in high school, and the chicken was a Purdue chicken breast. Now I know that Purdue is not the best quality chicken but at least it was a real piece of chicken. I went back a few years after that, an it was this horrible pressed chicken shaped product.... so gross!

          1. re: kubasd

            Perdue is not the best quality chicken; Purdue does not have the best quality football team.

        3. To add to this topic... one of the Subways near where I used to live featured a dozen different hot sauces displayed on the counter, arranged from mildest to hottest. If you ordered a footlong sub and ate it in their store with the hottest sauce, they'd engrave your name on a bronze plaque and add it to their "wall of flame". I ordered a sub with the hottest sauce on it once, and the guy making my sub (face covered in piercings) said "dude. Please don't do it. It hurts so bad." I decided not to try :)

          1. In California I order Turkey & Avocado. When I ordered this in Virginia it was met with blank stares.

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            1. re: Antilope

              In my area (Columbus, Ohio) we had avacado as a "special limited-time" item a few months ago. It was new here and I had never seen it before, but during that month all areas stores had it. Once the special ended, someof the stores decided to continue carrying it, but not all. (I'd guess around half, but I don't know for sure.)

              1. re: Ditdah

                We temporarily had avocado here in Boston as well; I think it was a national promotion.

                1. re: Boston_Otter

                  When I visited Mexico they were surprise that someone from the U.S. liked avocado. Avocado I guess is a west coast thing.

                  1. re: Antilope

                    "Avocado I guess is a west coast thing."

                    That would be news to the rest of the U.S.

            2. I live in CT, where Subway is based.... not that many different options for us here though. I haven't seen the pastrami very many other places, nor the Gardenburger brand veggie burger.

              1. The Subways in DC have a spicy pepper relish. Haven't seen that other places...