By Mike Thayer
Are there that many people out there eating sub sandwiches but not really caring or understanding that they're possibly not eating at the best establishment? That maybe, just maybe, they're eating only, sadly, at a place they're merely accustomed to, what they've settled to be comfortable with?
It would seem so, otherwise we wouldn't be so inundated with so darn many sub shops around..... Subway, Jimmy John's, Firehouse Subs, Quizno's, Planet Sub, Schlotzsky's, Jason's Deli, McAlister's Deli and others.....
So in the name of 'Food Science' (cough), I will be undertaking the next Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge: Who makes the best subs? I'll be going through the restaurant list, one meal at a time, sampling sub sandwiches from the national chains..... What? Eat nothing but sub sandwiches for lunch AND dinner? Like I said, done in the name of 'food science'......
Here is "The List" of sub shops/deli joints I have and will be trying out during the course of this challenge:
- Subway - Day 1, Lunch
- Jimmy John's - Day 2, Dinner
- Planet Sub
- Firehouse Subs - Day 1, Dinner
- Schlotzsky's - Day 2, Lunch
- Jason's Deli
- McAlister's Deli
- Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs
Who has the best sub sandwich? The worst?
For lunch on 'Day 3' of this challenge, I decided on checking out what McAlister's Deli has to offer. I'll tell you what, their in-store menu pops, when ordering at the counter it occurred to me the place is a nice balance of deli meets technology.
After reviewing the menu, I went with the Memphian, which was tantalizingly described on the menu as: A lot of smoked turkey, Black Forest ham and Black Angus roast beef goes into this sandwich along with provolone, lettuce, tomatoes, mayo and spicy brown mustard on a baguette.
I must have been in the mood for spicy brown mustard. "That sounds delicious," I said to myself.
So how was my McAlister's Deli Memphian you ask?
What a balance of flavor! The ample amount of the three meats, the perfect sandwich cheese that is provolone combined with the fresh leafy lettuce, bright red tomato and all of it dressed with mayo and that spicy brown mustard on a perfectly toasted baguette..... This sandwich was perfectly prepared and perfectly delicious.
I paid just over $8 for this great sandwich and a bag of chips. McAlister's is Bachelor on the Cheap friendly and darn tasty! The service was good and I was in and out with my carry-out order in about 10 minutes, very reasonable at a time when the place was steady busy. The sandwich is definitely a repeat buy and McAlister's get 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. Thank you McAlister's!