I live in a small town that has a total population of barely 8000, and that includes the outlying areas.
We have three Subway restaurants... One in the downtown area, one in a little mall plaza on the far side of the Wal-Mart parking lot, and one inside Wal-Mart. Those two are actually about 500 feet apart. It's the only restaurant that we have multiples of. I enjoy Subway, while obviously not the greatest thing ever it still tastes good to me. I think it's another of those "Mileage may vary" things based on the specific restaurant you are visiting, as with many Franchises. Sure, ingredients and methods are somewhat standardized, but there can be quite a bit of variance depending on other environmental factors.
Locally there is one smaller Pizza/Sub joint that has three branches in towns about 3-4 hours away. They sell 18" and 9" subs, for 11-12 dollars and 6-7 dollars respectively. They are a bit pricey but just about every month they give out coupon pages that have multiple "Buy one get one free" subs. There subs are all baked, similar to Quiznos but much better. The few times I've had Quiznos they toast their subs and it tastes just like that... Toast. The inside of the bread is hard and crispy, and kind of flavorless. This place puts their subs in their Pizza oven and bakes them. I don't know what they do exactly but the bread comes out soft, moist, and flavorful. Like a pizza rather than a sandwich built on toast. They are a tad greasier than your average chain sub though (but I'm not eating them to be healthy).
Also, when I initially heard this story (a few weeks ago), they were just talking about how they measured 10 subs and found only a small number of them were 11.5 inches. Seems that as the story progresses they are saying the subs are smaller and smaller. I wonder why the lawsuit doesn't mention the "Half" subs being anywhere from 1/2 to 1/4. I've always ordered a footlong when I go there, but I see the employees eyeballing "half" and ending up quite a bit off at times.
(And yes, I am saying Quiznos is overrated and not much better than Subway).
Edited, Jan 26th 2013 6:49am by TirithRR
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