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Jan 4, 2013 04:07 PM

Does anyone know why Subway does not have ketchup in their restaurants?

I realize they may not have a huge demand for ketchup, seeing they serve no fries, but I could see someone wanting ketchup to go with their egg breakfast sandwiches.

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  1. I have to say that, while I've been to few Subways, none have ever had fries. Only bags of potato chips, really. Maybe fries are new?

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      1. re: carolinadawg

        Thanks CD - I somehow read it as "seeing they have fries' as a reason for ketchup. sorry!

    1. My first thought was that they don't serve anything that anyone would typically put ketchup on? I guess I can imagine someone putting ketchup on a breakfast sandwich, although I wouldn't.

      1. The owner is in Connecticut, where they don't put ketchup on eggs. And it costs. One can bring ketchup packets from earlier visits to McD or BK, sort of a BYOK, without embarrassment.

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        1. re: Veggo

          Veggo, this is incredible. They don't put ketchup on eggs in Connecticut? Connecticut, the state?

          1. re: knucklesandwich

            Ketchup on eggs? Pardon me while I try to stop gagging.

            Then again, I'm from CT.

            1. re: Clams047

              I'm from California and have a hard time imagining anything more vile.

              1. re: virtualguthrie

                I'm from California as well, and I think it's delicious. It was the only my Mom could get me to eat eggs as a kid.

                But only on scrambled eggs.

                1. re: cosmogrrl

                  Sure, and a bit of grape jelly too, to turn em green.

                  1. re: cosmogrrl

                    Hehe. Well it's ok, California is a big state. My dad once dyed my eggs green a la Dr. Seuss.

                    1. re: cosmogrrl

                      Same - I can't eat scrambled eggs without ketchup!

                  2. re: Clams047

                    Ketchup and Worcestershire sauce mixed with the runny yolk of a softly fried egg is yummy. Picked this up from my mother.)

              2. I'm in CT, was a supervisor of a Subway in high school, and I know we had ketchup in our store (Colchester). The ones near me now in Norwich have it, too. People use it anywhere from their egg sandwiches, steak and cheese, tuna, and kids sandwiches.

                1. Did you also see that article about the "ketchup confrontation" in Florida?

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                            1. re: bbqboy

                              You are most welcome...I think ;)

                        1. re: Rilke

                          As a native Philadelphian, I can't help feeling that anyone who would put ketchup on a cheesesteak deserves to be beaten. Badly. Criminal prosecution would also be appropriate...but in addition to the severe beating, not instead of.

                          We Philadelphians are a hostile, bloodthirsty lot...

                          1. re: StrandedYankee

                            Why not just give 'em a one-year contract with the Mets instead?

                            1. re: StrandedYankee

                              I've only had a couple of cheesesteaks in south Philly, but I wouldn't question putting ketchup on the Subway version in Orlando...simply because any similarity between a Philly cheesesteak in Philly and a cheesesteak at Subway is purely coincidental, anyway....

                              1. re: sunshine842

                                Honestly, whenever I'm stuck eating at a Subway I tend to stick with tuna, no cheese on flatbread with extra raw veggies & hot peppers. Great? No, but eh, whatever. At least it doesn't feel like I'm eating 3000 calories for something with no flavor & no texture. Since their bread is so lousy and mushy, and since they have no grill, I can't understand why anyone would even try a cheesesteak there. Still, instead of ketchup, for flavor go with raw onions & hot peppers. The vinegary yellow banana peppers can cover a lot of flavorless sins.

                                1. re: sunshine842

                                  Ha! Love that description. I'm stealing it.

                                2. re: StrandedYankee

                                  Around here they put mayo on cheesesteaks, along with lettuce and tomato. But, as sunshine842 said, any resemblance between what's served here and a real Philly cheesesteak is purely coincidental.

                                  1. re: rockycat

                                    Here in Philly, we call that a cheesesteak hoagie. Add raw onion, and you have my favorite back around 1985.

                                    I was a truly shameful teenager.

                                  2. re: StrandedYankee

                                    LOL.. the badly misnamed City of Brotherly Love!

                                    1. re: drongo

                                      Oh, we're very's just a VERY dysfunctional and abusive family!

                                      1. re: drongo

                                        We love you here in Philly, but it is a tough love. . . especially when it comes to what gets called a cheesesteak.

                                      2. re: StrandedYankee

                                        Do you put ketchup on eggs in Philly ?

                                        1. re: rochfood

                                          Not as a rule, but no one looks at you funny if you do. Street carts here usually serve egg & cheese sandwiches on hard torpedo rolls with butter, salt & pepper.

                                          1. re: StrandedYankee

                                            Here in jersey, pork roll, egg, cheese, on a hard roll with salt pepper and ketchup is a standard morning sandwich

                                            1. re: sunangelmb

                                              You see pork roll some places in Philly, but not a whole lot. You see scrapple in the diners, but not the street carts. Bacon is great, but it changes the breakfast sandwich alchemy (please don't add salt to something with a bunch of bacon!).

                                              1. re: sunangelmb

                                                If you are really from NJ, it is TAYLOR HAM, not pork roll. :)

                                                1. re: jcanino

                                                  I think thats more North Jersey. I grew up in Trenton and everyone called it pork roll. We ate Case's brand pork roll. I never called it Taylor ham or heard anyone call it that until I started reading these type of message boards.

                                                2. re: sunangelmb

                                                  Yeah. Eggs and ketchup is a Jersey thing. I know. I grew up there. If eggs have cheese in them, or they're an omelet, I skip the ketchup. Otherwise, I can't imagine eating eggs without ketchup. Scrambled only for me.

                                                  I used to love a Pork Roll & Kraft American Cheese sandwich on a hard roll. Never had it with eggs, though. Not that I wouldn't. It sounds terrific, as long as they're scrambled. Just, I guess it never occurred to my father.

                                                  Oh, and I grew up in 201, and I never heard it called Taylor Ham until I read it on the internet sometime during the '00s. Never. Not once. And we were not the only Pork Roll eating family I knew. Even my friends who moved from Greenwich called it Pork Roll.

                                                  Now, where I live (Western PA), I can't get Pork Roll or hard rolls. Even a hard roll just with butter is a thing dreams are made of.

                                                  1. re: Jay F

                                                    I grew up all of 15 minutes from New Jersey in Northeast Philadelphia, and in all my 42 years of life, I don't think I've ever eaten pork roll. Too busy eating scrapple, I guess. Am I truly missing out? How does it differ from breakfast ham or Canadian bacon?

                                                    1. re: StrandedYankee

                                                      I'm not sure what breakfast ham is. It's nothing like Canadian bacon. It looks sort of a large slice of salami, only more pink than salami. 5" in diameter, thicker than a slice of salami. You make 1" notches at 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, and 9:00 so it will lay flat in the frying pan.

                                                      1. re: StrandedYankee

                                                        First;s worse for you than those hams. It is more like a pre cooked sausage..but does kinda look like salami and is firm like salami. It is more savory than canadian bacon and has a tangier taste. Firmer, but similiar to bologna. Just a bit more savory taste than bologna.

                                                        1. re: rochfood

                                                          I don't think of pork roll as being bolognaesque at all. Completely different textures. And nobody even suggested it was good *for* you.

                                              2. re: StrandedYankee

                                                You're last statement is definetly true!
                                                4 years of working in Center City taught me that!

                                                1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                                                  Ah, but do you acknowlege the actual love? I lived in flyover country for several years, and I came to the conclusion that the people had far better manners, and far less love. You do not have life-changing conversations with strangers in coffee shops in Middle America. You do in Philadelphia.. We'll tell you to go to hell if that's what we mean, but we' We are tempermental and impolite, but you always know what's real here. Not so much in the polite world.

                                                  1. re: StrandedYankee

                                                    Hint: stop referring to it as flyover country and you might find a bit more love. ;) Between that and your moniker I get the distinct impression you were, let's say, maybe receiving what you were projecting.

                                                    1. re: shanagain

                                                      I lived there...Having lived there, I discovered its charms but also it's lacks. It lacked love. Also, we stranded Yankees only called it flyover country amongst ourselves. We Yankees aren't dumb, and most of us do have SOME manners...just not a lot of manners!

                                                2. re: StrandedYankee

                                                  Funny you should mention that, one Subway employee just got himself fired for his devotion... GO EAGLES! (... next year)


                                                  1. re: hyacinthgirl

                                                    I want to call this man a hero, but why he'd stick up for the authentic experience of a Subway cheesesteak is...beyond me.

                                                    1. re: StrandedYankee

                                                      He lives in Florida, all he has of cheesesteaks to protect is their reputation.

                                                      1. re: hyacinthgirl

                                                        Oh, the poor, poor boy...Maybe we could start a fund to help him move to Philadelphia? Maybe we could get him a job at a real sandwich shop? I think he'd be much happier...

                                                        Also, at just the right Philly sandwich shop, the owner and manager would be joining in on the "ketchup on my cheesesteak, please" guy, so he'd have much better job security!

                                                  2. re: StrandedYankee

                                                    rochfood less than a minute ago

                                                    I don't care if you didn't say it was healthy..the guy asked for a comparison. The first thing that comes to my ham is pretty healthy and pork roll is not. You sound a bit combative. Settle down. It reminds me of fried bologna..just tangier. You are not the only person to have eaten pork roll and have an opinion. It doesn't taste like sausage..and it doesent TASTE like salami. It TASTES like tangy bologna when cooked on a sandwich. Bologna comes in a roll in the deli just like pork rol. No one said it was just like bologna. What do you compare to in taste ? Salami ? if you say so.