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cgarner Feb 15, 2013 09:58 AM

Realized that it was Friday + Lent, while at work, short on time to grab something to eat, I thought I'd revisit wawa, hadn't had anything other than Coffee at wawa in a very long time

picked a veggie hoagie, american cheese, lettuce tomato, spinach, cucumber, onion

Got to work and unwrapped the sandwich
Complete mess... totally thrown together, and fell apart when I opened the paper.

Teh tomatoes were greenish, yellowish, pinkish in varying stages of unripeness (to be fair, I dont' REALLY expect perfectly ripe wonderful tomatoes from wawa in February, but these were HARSH)

The spinach had pieces which were wilted and half rotten the onions were old and in large chunks, the roll was squished on one side
Three paper thin slices of cucumber were stacked on top on one side of the roll...

Never again, Wawa!

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    seagulls12 Mar 27, 2013 06:15 PM

    I am still a WAWA fan for somethings but there was a big change in their hoagie sandwiches filling size and quality about a year ago maybe a little more. Add to that, I would assume the Veggie is not the biggest mover and there you go.
    I also think they may be foolishly responding to the subway and other chain adverts as they have been running their hoagie advert for $4.95 a lot. I, of course, would rather pay a buck more and get the quality back.

    If you give them another chance you will not be disappointed by the new Crab soup or new Lobster bisque, not all locations have them all the time , but they are great for such convenience.

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      barryg Feb 20, 2013 10:54 AM

      Not much comfort but the Old Nelson that replaced Wawa at 20th & Chestnut in Center City makes very good hoagies. Quality of everything, especially the bread and meats, is much better.

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        arepo Feb 20, 2013 07:42 PM

        Shoot me now. I must be the ultimate snob. You'd never find me dead in a Wawa. I'd starve first.
        What's wrong with a Whole Foods market or Wegmans?
        Wawa??
        Never!

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          sal_acid Feb 20, 2013 09:44 PM

          Yo Yo Yo.
          Wawa isn't Wegman's or Whole Foods. Its a convenience store. It isn't even a great hoagie place.
          But it is a reliable baseline (mostly) for decent and quick hoagies esp out of the greater Philly area.
          Makes 7-11 look like a ...7-11 (or uggh, a Subway)

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            JanR Feb 21, 2013 07:45 AM

            I used to like the tuna salad hoagies at the Wawa in west conshy. Btw, why all the fuss about a Wawa on Fayetteville St.?

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              sal_acid Feb 21, 2013 09:53 AM

              Its on the edge of a quiet neighborhood. They envision commotion all night long.

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                cwdonald Feb 21, 2013 10:00 AM

                It should be noted that Wawa has changed the way they do business over the years... they used to cut the meat for each sandwich, they used to use amaroso rolls (now done by an in house bakery). I think the quality of the sandwich has declined (whether it was good to begin with is debatable.). Even the addition of the touch screens to take orders makes it harder to get the sandwich the way you want.. (try to get light sauce on a meatball sandwich.. ). Overall it is a poorer product compared to what it once was.

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                  jujuthomas Feb 21, 2013 10:06 AM

                  I don't know that I remember Wawa cutting the meat to order - i've not been around them very long. I do know that the rolls changed a few years ago and are just not.that.good.

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                    cwdonald Feb 21, 2013 10:35 AM

                    They have been phasing out slicers in stores. Supposedly they are moving toward covection ovens in wawa stores some bread may be baked in house.. (similar to subway). Here is an inquirer story about it from last month.
                    http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/in...

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                      barryg Feb 21, 2013 10:53 AM

                      If Wawa starts to smell like a Subway that is the last straw for me.

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                        jujuthomas Feb 21, 2013 11:07 AM

                        well there's the problem, they've got a new boss! gotta make his mark on the brand. ;)

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                jujuthomas Feb 21, 2013 07:27 AM

                because relatively speaking Whole Foods and Wegmans are few and far between, and Wawa is... everywhere... practically. sometimes your choices are limited.

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              jujuthomas Feb 20, 2013 10:41 AM

              there are a couple Wawa locations where I've repeatedly gotten a less than stellar sandwich, and other locations where the sandwiches have been great. The KOP location is consistently one of the not-good places. I have also had poor experiences at the Wawa just down the road from Christiana Hosp in DE.

              1. 94Bravo Feb 19, 2013 03:42 PM

                Hmmm...must be your location. I've never had a bad hoagie at Wawa and they were never "thrown together looking". They aren't a Primo's for sure but are damn good for 5 bucks when you are in a hurry.

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                  picapau Feb 18, 2013 05:26 AM

                  Wawa is a convenience store and as such expectations on food products for me is very low they are expensive and way inferior but you are sacrificing quality for speed. All I use wawas for are coffee and gas.Obviously getting rotten food is another issue and is unacceptable. In the past I've had poor service at their deli where they mess up orders in a variety of ways. My thing is go someplace else unless you want coffee or gas.

                  1. Rilke Feb 16, 2013 06:38 PM

                    The only hoagie I get at Wawa -- and even it is for "emergencies" only -- is a meatless breakfast one, with scrambled eggs, cheese and veggies. I've never encountered tomatoes or spinach as bad as the ones you describe in Delaware Wawas, but it's been a couple years.

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                      cgarner Feb 16, 2013 06:31 PM

                      Maybe I'm old.... and you remember things being so much better *back in the day, but there was a time, many moons ago, when wawa made a good hoagie. (Not any more)

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                        monavano Feb 21, 2013 11:05 AM

                        When they freshly sliced the meat and cheese to order. Way back when...

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                          cgarner Mar 7, 2013 09:39 AM

                          yes... wayyy back in the day, when Mom would give me a $5 bill and send me to Wawa to get a half pound of lunchmeat, a half gallong of milk and a pack of Parliaments and I would use the change to get a pack of bubble gum
                          (Hahahah, I was in 3rd grade!)

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                        StrandedYankee Feb 15, 2013 07:02 PM

                        Personally, I hate Wawa hoagies. I don't get it when people say they like them. So, I feel your pain. The only Wawa sandwich I get on a regular basis? Meatball. It's kinda hard to screw it up.

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                          sal_acid Feb 15, 2013 09:17 PM

                          Wawa is a kind of a minimal baseline. There is a lot that 's better, and even more that's worse. Outside of Philly wawa is pretty darn good.

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                            sal_acid Feb 16, 2013 06:48 PM

                            Pretty good in that the rest are terrible.

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                              StrandedYankee Feb 17, 2013 01:47 AM

                              Hey, when I lived in Tennessee, I considered Jimmy John's a lifesaver! Now that I'm home, you won't catch me near the place. I more than understand.

                        2. caiatransplant Feb 15, 2013 11:27 AM

                          Do you have Subway out there? Their veggie subs are really good and you can pick your ingredients.

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                            sal_acid Feb 15, 2013 12:09 PM

                            Oh the horror! Subway as an alternative to WaWa? Has it come to this?

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                              cwdonald Feb 16, 2013 11:50 AM

                              There is actually a Subway on Henderson in the same shopping center as the Giant and the Thai Restaurant, right near the walgreens. This is always crowded but reasonably efficient for the plastic sandwiches that subway serves.

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                                Dinermite Feb 20, 2013 11:29 AM

                                Subway?? Yuck! You're better off stopping at a local supermarket and get some cold cuts and a loaf of bread and make your own sandwich in the parking lot!

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                                barryg Feb 15, 2013 10:01 AM

                                No doubt they have gone way downhill but this is extreme. Which location?

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                                  cgarner Feb 15, 2013 10:04 AM

                                  The one on Henderson Road in KoP... I understand that there are Wawa's that have better food, I just haven't had the good luck to find one

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                                    jarona Feb 16, 2013 10:00 AM

                                    First of all, that WaWa on Henderson Road is a stinkhole of a Wawa. The stress alone of making that left-hand turn into the parking lot is enough to ruin my day for sure. Secondly, their coffee is garbage--it is watered-down airplane coffee. Ugh. Third, it's dirty. I'm no WaWa fan, but if you live in the area, the two most tolerable WaWa's are the one on Trooper Rd. and the one on 252 in Malvern. You are better off brown-bagging it than going to any of those convenience places. JMHO.

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                                      94Bravo Feb 19, 2013 03:43 PM

                                      Yes, that location is awful. Why does KoP NOT have a HUGE, no GI-NORMOUS new Wawa?

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                                        jzerocsk Feb 21, 2013 10:19 AM

                                        That's what they're building on 202 where the Petco used to be.

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                                          jarona Mar 1, 2013 11:46 AM

                                          Where on 202 was Petco? Down by the old Acme?

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                                            cwdonald Mar 1, 2013 11:51 AM

                                            I think thats right next to Sports Authority across from Starbucks on 202 next to the cemetery.

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