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Lunch guys: Subway’s new Feast starts meat scuffle

POSTED: March 20, 2008 5:00 a.m.

We Lunch Guys can only imagine Jared choking on his 6-inch veggie sub when he saw the commercial for Subway’s new Feast behemoth. It’s a sandwich loaded up with roast beef, turkey, ham, salami and pepperoni, plus cheese and all the usual toppings. Does a great name and great concept equal a great sandwich?

Chris: Tom, this is the best Subway sandwich I had all year. With the Feast, Subway fixed my main criticism: that the typical meat layer is no thicker than a few sheets of newsprint. While upping the meat to Whopper heft, this sandwich also becomes the “everything bagel” of Subway. It’s the innards of both a BMT and a Subway Club, so there are five kinds of deli delights going on here. Each has its own unique punch, yet they all live together in perfect harmony.

The world has much to learn from this Feast.

And Tom, of course I had to top it off with “The Works” — lettuce, olives, green peppers and everything else in those little veggie tubs under the sneeze guard. The result was a heaping sandwich that literally turned heads in line. One guy behind me even said, “Look at the size of that sandwich!” My sandwich artist had to pin down the Feast like Beowulf battling Grendel to slice it in two. This was a true beast bursting with flavor. Fantastic!

Tom: But what good is more meat when the meat isn’t that good to start with? Granted, this is an impressive offering, yet the Feast uses enough meat to showcase that the meat is a weakness.

On a normal Subway sandwich, the meat is hidden, and now I know why. You know, Chris, that I’m about as far from a vegetarian as Ted Nugent, but what makes a Subway sandwich good is all the condiments and bread. On paper, having ham, turkey, roast beef, salami and pepperoni between the buns is a great idea, but this sandwich just isn’t as good as it should be. Highlighting the meat is like giving the worst singer in the choir a solo. On the upside, “The Feast” is a great name.

My other problem with Subway is if they are going to come up with a named sandwich, then they should also have it complete. I’m left to pick my own bread, my own condiments, choose toasted or untoasted. I’m doing all the work, and one Feast might be nothing like another. I suggest the Subway expert chefs figure out how to best dress their sandwich — then offer it that way.

Chris: Tom, you’re way too harsh on this meat. I noticed some upgrades from years past as I tested each slice. And I didn’t do any work except to say, “Wheat, toasted, the Works.” Done. I walked away stuffed and smiling.

Tom: Just because two sandwiches are good by themselves doesn’t mean cramming them together will make them better. Sorry, Chris, but amid this season of feasting, I say steer clear of this Feast.

Tom James and Chris Tauber are Orlando, Fla.-based writers.



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