If you don't immediately want a sandwich when you're in a five mile radius of a Subway, you're definitely doing this lunchtime thing wrong. But next time you decide you really fancy a BMT, make sure you've read the nine things a worker on really, really wants you to know.
1. Don't list everything you want in your sandwich all at once.
"Don't just list what you want or even any meat [to begin with], just say which bread you'd like and the size. Then proceed to ask for the protein, any cheese etc. I just find it very annoying if someone says 'I want a BMT with lettuce, American cheese and mayo on 6 inch Italian,' chances are we will have to ask you again what you want after we've cut the bread."
2. We bake new bread at 11 a.m. every day.
Get the freshest Sub from 11:30 a.m. then, guys!
"We only prep what we'll use within 2 days. Bread is good until 11 a.m. the next day, so we have bread to sell while we're baking new bread, but it ends up getting tossed [if it isn't used]. Fresh veggies (tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and green peppers) are good for 2 days. Pickled veggies (black olives, banana peppers, pickles, and jalapenos) are good for 5 days."
3. Some stuff arrives frozen, but everything is fresh.
"We get whole cucumbers, green peppers, onions, and tomatoes fresh and slice those daily. Pickles, olives, banana peppers, and jalapeños are pickled veggies and come pickled. Spinach and lettuce come fresh in bags. Ham, turkey, roast beef, pepperoni, salami, cheese, tuna, bacon, seafood all come refrigerated and prepackaged. Steak, chicken, chicken strips, bread, etc, comes frozen and is thawed before prepping and serving."
4. The Chipotle sauce is the best.
"My favorite sauce — although I've not tried many — is the Chipotle Southwest with another sauce, as the Chipotle carries other sauces such as tomato sauce or a hot sauce very well. Everyone who works at Subway has Chipotle as a staple."
5. The cookies are delivered in a big frozen ball of dough.
"The cookies are shipped to us in bags of frozen dough balls. They're cooked in store in our oven. You can find a list of ingredients online and then figure out how to make them from there"
6. Customers putting loads of vegetables in a meatball marinara is annoying.
"We hate it when people load up a meatball [marinara with vegetables]. It's impossible to close, and the steaming hot marinara will ooze out of the back as we're cutting it, practically melting our gloves."
7. The smell is real.
You might think it's manufactured and pumped out to smell delicious, but it's actually just real bread baking.
"The smell is very important. I'm currently doing the 'Subway Online University' which basically teaches you skills to do your job better and one of the things you are supposed to do is make sure that the bread is either cooking or resting just after cooking constantly to maintain the smell. That being said, the smell is strong and my clothes often do come home smelling of Subway."()
8. Chipotle Chicken and Teriyaki Chicken are the least likely to be fresh.
"I avoid these Subs. (Why? Chicken is given a two-day shelf life, once in the counter. However these two bypass this and get four days, and can get a little stinky.) I'd recommend anything else, Subway (at least my Subway) is very strict on quality control and dates. Steak is probably the freshest, and safest."
9. The Footlong may suffer a bit of shrinkage in the oven.
"'Subway Footlong' is a trademark of Subway, and is just the name of the sandwich size. However due to a lawsuit, Subway have decided to ensure each footlong is . Minor shrinkage occurs when the bread is baked. We have a measuring ruler built into the counter (normally only used for kids packs, 4-inch sandwiches), and our bread seems to always be around 12.1 inches. If you want a footlong, try flatbread. The way flatbread is made and prepared we give you 14 inches."
Anyone else desperately hungry for a sandwich all of a sudden? Same.