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Subway: Free Sandwich Fail

So, I feel that it’s pretty established by now that I am a common patron of Jared’s favorite haunt: Subway. Well, as such, I am one of those people that keeps one of their cards on me to rack up points for the occasional free sandwich. Makes sense to me. The only skin off my back is having to remember to hand them the stupid thing before paying for my sub.

So, a little while back, I had a hankering for a roast beef sub. Not unheard of, and we were heading to Subway anyways as it is in the same complex that my roommate and I do our grocery shopping. I had remembered from my last visit that they had pointed out that I had accumulated enough points for a free 6-inch sub. Perfect. I went into subway, ordered my sub, handed them my card…and guess what?

Apparently roast beef is a Premium sub, and you can only use the free deals on things that are on the five-dollar-foot-long side of the fence. So lame. So, here is the cautionary tale of there always being a catch…at least the sub was tasty though, but it could have done with some of that special sauce called free sandwich.

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Subway: A New and Improved Website?

Lately, a week can’t go by that I don’t write some post about Subway. Some are good, some are bad, some are simply informative. This is an interesting note, especially after my call for more transparency on Subway’s main website.

After a friend had suggested that I try Subway’s new Orchard Chicken Salad sub, I decided to see what kind of nutrition Subway was toting with what, in my mind, could never be that good for you. Well, after a brief struggle at Subway.com, looking in the nutrition and menu section for information about this sandwich, I was redirected to a whole new site: SubwayFreshBuzz.com.

Now this was interesting. Instead of fixing their original site, it looks as if Subway simply redesigned it at another URL. Well, I must say that I was able to find my information here, and then some. This site has some serious chops compared to the old site.

To start, the UI is much better, looking to have climbed out of the 90’s, and early 2000 website style previously sported by Subway. Now we have some good features on the site.

Of course my first stop was the menu/nutrition tab. Along the right side of the page are expandable sections of Subway’s menu. Click on an item, and in the left and center area, you get a nice picture of the item, and a description. What is that right below? Nutritional Information? Don’t mind if I do! Click on this button, and you get a nice clean breakdown of your sandwich’s “stats”.

Now, you know how I asked for transparency? Well, opening up the nutritional information triggers the “your build” button to be revealed. Click on this, and the picture is replaced by an ingredient selector. This serves a two-fold purpose. First, it gives a clean representation of what comes on the sandwich with the nutritional information provided. Second, its dynamic so as you customize your sandwich, the nutritional information changes to reflect your ingredients.

Now that’s what I’m talking about Subway! You have officially one me over with your new site. Now an OCD eater like me can figure out even more accurately what I’m taking in at my favorite sub shop. You have restored my faith with your new website, and smart design.

With these new tools in hand, I was able to calculate the point-age of the orchard chicken without further struggle. It joins the Sweet Onion Chicken Terriyaki as a 7 point 6 inch sub on the menu. Not bad, and definitely worth a try in my mind. Thanks Subway!

Restaurant Review: Hanover St. Subway in Manchester

So, most weekends when I am not off and about in other sections of the state, I end up going to Subway at least once. This isn’t completely my fault, instead I blame my roommate as he considers himself a sort of Subway aficionado. Yeah, he really does…

Still, I can’t complain. Considering this isn’t the only post I’ve ever written about the sub chain, I would be lying to say that I don’t enjoy me a $5 foot-long on occasion. Well, due to the combined proximity to our apartment, and the grocery store, we end up most often at the Subway located at 881 Hanover St. in Manchester, NH.

Now this is not your standard Subway, but is instead a privately owned Subway. The owner is a friendly Indian man who also owns a secondary location in Merrimack, NH across from the post office. We see him in the Hanover Subway almost every weekend, to the point where he recognizes us now.

So, besides the fact that the subs here are consistently good (always fresh, and well made) this Subway keeps some of those menu items that disappear from other Subways that are part of the main chain. For instance, I can go in here, and get one of my favorite subs: the pastrami. Hopefully I don’t need to go into detail about the virtues of Pastrami as they should be well known, but I was devastated when it was struck from the normal menu at Subways.

Thanks to great quality, and knowing what their customers want, I have to give it to the Hanover St. Subway in Manchester as one of my favorites of the chain.

Deception at Subway: Nutrition Discrepancy?

So, I am a big fan of Subway, and love that they offer some Weight Watcher’s friendly menu items on their 6 grams of fat or less menu. Previously I wrote a post breaking down the point values of Jared’s menu items, and happily continued on my way. Just wanted to get that out there before I start the bashing.

Well recently, I was wondering what some of the nutritional values might be if I mixed it up a little. You know, be a rogue and have a flatbread instead of Jared’s standard wheat. Off I went to Subway’s helpful nutrition page to convert the numbers to a point value, when I discovered some shady, and misleading information.

Let’s talk numbers.  To start, we’ll begin with the basics: the nutrition for a sandwich as a 6 Grams of Fat or Less, and as a flatbread.

6″ Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki

Flatbread Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki

Calories

380

410

Fat

4.5 g

7 g

Fiber

5 g

3 g

Points

7

8

Ok, so there’s just a little difference here, so lets see where it comes from. We’ll look at the bread used.

6” 9-Grain Wheat Bread

Flatbread

Calories

210

240

Fat

2 g

5 g

Fiber

4 g

2 g

So, here is what we can take away. The difference in the breads account for the differences in the sandwiches almost exactly. Aka the only difference is the bread. But wait, there’s more! Jump now to Subway’s note at the bottom of the page:

Subs with 6 grams of fat or less include 9-Grain Wheat bread, lettuce tomatoes, onions, and green peppers. All other sandwich values include cheese unless otherwise noted” – Subway

So wait, this means that my flatbread has cheese on it right? What is this mysterious calorie and fat free cheese that Subway has discovered to make this possible? Well, it all depends on what they mean by “otherwise noted”.

Jumping over to the Sandwich Components section of their site, we can see what actually should go into a Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki:

Teriyaki glazed chicken strips, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, green peppers, olives, and sweet onion sauce” – Subway

Ok, so this type of sub isn’t inherently made with cheese. I didn’t know that, Subway employees usually assume you want cheese anyways, and the nutrition page is misleading on what is supposed to contain cheese. Still, there are other problems even if we accept that the cheese not being part of the sub has been “otherwise noted”.

The sandwich description says that the sub comes with “olives and sweet onion sauce” in addition to the items that the nutrition page says makes up the 6 grams of fat or less subs. Now I’ll give them the olives, they hardly make a difference, but sweet onion sauce, although fat free, is not calorie free. So, should I assume that Jared’s version and the flatbread come with sauce, or that neither do?

Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate that Subway offers some nice options for the health conscious fast-food-goer, but still, a little transparency would be nice. For now, I say screw it, let there be cheese and sauce for all!!! Muahahahaha!!!

And as a parting shot:

6″ Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki

Flatbread Sweet Onion Chicken Terriyaki

Calories

380

410

Fat

4.5 g

7 g

Fiber

5 g

3 g

Points

7

8