Iâ€™m happy to have Tio Wally (long-time Me So Hungry reader) aboard to send in his eating adventures from across America. Here he is in Hesperia, California.
Greetings from Hesperia, California
N 34Â° 25.657â€™ W 117Â° 22.561â€™ Elev. 3,489 ft.
Iâ€™ve always liked Quiznos. They make a lot of really great sandwiches, my favorite being the Turkey Bacon Guacamole. It was also the first sub shop where toasting the sandwiches was de rigueur, part of its cachet, its claim to fame. Moreover, they are always pretty consistently high quality.
I always chuckle when I think of the fact that Quiznos has cost Subway, the sub shop that still hasnâ€™t figured out how to make a decent sandwich, a fortune by forcing the low-budget, sub-par sub shop to buy a bunch of toaster ovens. It hasnâ€™t helped them improve the sandwiches, of course, but it sure as hell slowed things down in a hurry.
Being unquestionably objective and unduly unbiased, I have to make an uncharacteristically astute observation here: Subway has become as ubiquitous as McDoucheâ€™s. And since its founding in 1965 it has yet to produce a single decent sandwich. Not one. Thatâ€™s quite a remarkable accomplishment. I guess this somehow helps explain why I have a Pavlovian response every time I see Subwayâ€™s â€œSubway Subway Subwayâ€ logo on those blue exit information signs I mutter aloud â€œSucks Sucks Sucks.â€ Moving on ….
Lately the â€œMmmmm .. TOASTYÂ®â€ sub shop has been running a â€œfor a limited timeâ€ promotion introducing its new Pulled Pork sandwiches, selling a small sandwich for $2.99. In another effort to fulfill my life-goal of an All Pork Diet I figured Iâ€™d give them a try.
Quiznos is offering two different versions of the sandwiches: A Southern Pulled Pork and a Spicy Pulled Pork. The Southern BBQ Pulled Pork just comes with cole slaw and their â€œSignatureâ€ BBQ sauce. The Spicy BBQ Pulled Pork however comes with bacon, cheddar cheese, cilantro-jalapeÃ±o cole slaw, and BBQ sauce. They usually serve the Spicy on jalapeÃ±o cheddar bread but I got it on wheat. Had I known at the time that itâ€™s normally made with jalapeÃ±o cheddar bread I would have gotten it.
Right out of the gate there are a couple of problems with the sandwiches. First off the pork is kind of a mix of pulled and chopped. Secondly itâ€™s too skimpy on the meat. I donâ€™t know how many eighth-ounces of meat is on the sandwich but it isnâ€™t enough. Everybody knows that if youâ€™re eating a pulled pork sandwich and youâ€™re not dropping meat everywhere there isnâ€™t enough meat on it. Câ€™mon, Quiznos, donâ€™t use a gram scale to weigh meat for a pulled pork sandwich.
The Southern version was just strange. The cole slaw on it had a weird vinegary taste. I thought it wouldâ€™ve been sweet slaw like they use everywhere else. But no. I ate about half of it and had to toss it. Although the meat and sauce is passable, the slaw just made it too weird. Then again, maybe it was just bad slaw; I bought the sandwiches at different locations.
The Spicy one on the other hand was actually quite good. I was kind of suspicious at first because it seemed like it was going to be a real collision of flavors. I was surprised that the combination works pretty well together. Itâ€™s not really spicy though. I guess I expected it to have sort of a kick. And while the cole slaw was delightfully crunchy it didnâ€™t really taste of either cilantro or jalapeÃ±o. Still, if it had a little more meat on it it would be a pretty good $3 sandwich.
As part of the promotion Quiznos gives you a scratch-off card with every sandwich. The valuable prizes you can â€œwinâ€ with a sandwich purchase are: a dollar off a regular or large sub; a regular fountain drink; chips and a regular fountain drink; or a cookie! Evidently I hit the jackpot as both of my tickets were for a dollar off. Woo hoo!! Now I can get a discount on a Turkey Bacon Guacamole.
And so we roll.
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Tio Wally pilots the 75-foot, 40-ton(max) land yacht SS Me So Hungry. He reports on road food from around the country whenever parking and InterTube connections permit.