4/30/08 | Subway $5 Sandwich
[ Currently Eating: Wheat Toast ]
This post could probably be summed up in just one paragraph of extremely short sentences:
Subway. Foot-Long Sandwich. $5. No Coupon required. Limited Time.
Ok, well I did do a little more work than that. I actually bought the sandwich and I took some pictures. I have been wanting to make a few posts about Subway on Cheap Eats for awhile now, and not because I think Jared is the coolest thing since sliced baguettes. (Actually, am I the only one who thinks he used up his 15 minutes many, many moons ago? Seriously, he seems like a nice guy but I was getting tired of his story.)
No, the real reason I haven’t made a post on Subway sandwiches yet is because every single time I order them I’m so hungry that I can’t be bothered with taking photos. For me, Subway is the fast food solution for days where I absolutely need to eat something immediately but don’t want to eat a hamburger, chicken or taco. We often do a pickup on weekends when I’m doing home repairs along with my dad – we could just make a sandwich but picking one up saves time. It’s fast, cheap, healthier than hamburgers and (usually) fresh.
What with the Recessedepression™ looming, fast food companies are pulling out the stops. This is great for Cheap Eaters. The 5 Dollar Footlong Deal sure got me in the door. What I like about it is you don’t have to buy a drink. For as we all know, fast food companies clean up on the margins for soft drink sales. The deal is also good for ANY footlong, which means you don’t have to worry if it’ll apply to your favorite sandwich. It also provides opportunity for some sort of variety.
I actually liked Subway even before their 5 dollar deal because you have control over what goes in your sandwich and they make it their right in front of you. A few tips:
1. Don’t go at mealtime rush hour. Employees don’t have the time to pay attention to your special requests when there’s a line going out the door. Also, I just hate waiting.
2. Find a Subway that’s “good”. Since Subway is so popular there might be more than one near you – I’ve found that sandwich-making is an art that some people just cannot master. Also, some locations have fixin’s that are just more consistent than others.
3. Watch what the employee is doing. They’re human so I don’t blame ‘em… they’re usually thinking about what they’re going to wear to the party Saturday night. For the love of God, don’t look away when they’re making your sandwich. I can’t remember how many times when I tell them “mayo, but no mustard” they just put both of them on.
4. Repeat yourself when giving your order. I used to just blurt out the order at the beginning like: “Footlong BMT on wheat no mustard no onions w/ mayo lettuce tomato bellpepper cucumbers olives pickles vinegar oil salt pepper no meal just the sandwich” and expect them to remember it. Inevitably (and this is true at nearly every fast food place), they won’t. You’ll have to repeat it at every step down the assembly, which is fine with me as long as they make it correctly.
5. Get a footlong sandwich even if you can only eat half. I like to save the 1/2 for later in the day, since my metabolism is like gangbusters and I get hungry within a few hours. Or, if you have a small appetite, split one with a friend.
6. Don’t be mean. I’m sure standing on your feet 8 hours a day making sandwiches gets a little tiring. Having a customer yell at you for not putting enough olives in your BMT is not a nice thing. Be patient. I know it’s their job, but if you’re nice then they’ll tend to be nice to you. (Of course, there’s always exceptions – I avoid those employees and Subways like the plague)
OK, so the truth is that you could easily make a comparable or better sandwich at home with better ingredients. The thing is, with the prices of fresh veggies and produce in general going up in price, having all of them on hand at home might actually turn out to be pretty expensive.
If you know ahead of time you’re planning to eat sandwiches, and you know you have to make them for other people, then it makes sense. For me, it’s often a spur of the moment thing so I just don’t have the time to go out and buy all the veggies. It’s cheaper for me to get a foot long sandwich. And at $5 each for any of them, with no coupon needed, this is a pretty good deal. I’ve no idea how long the deal will last, but for now they’ve got me as a regular customer.
Edit: It appears that this deal is not nationwide in some places, or may have diffrent rules for purchase (i.e. only valid on certain sandwiches). So make sure to check before you head to Subway.
Price: $5 for any footlong sandwich
Found At: Subway
Cheap Eats Score: 8/10