Subway’s Cheap New Corned Beef Reuben Is “Like Eating Mayo Left In the Sun”

tony-digerolamoThe Exception Magazine is on a quest to find the best fast food meal in America. We review and rank each meal on a 10 point scale, with each of the five criterion below eligible for up to 2 points.


Eating at a food place named after a mass transit system has always confounded me. While I like the idea of fresh baked bread, the actual execution of Subway’s sandwiches leaves something to be desired. I ventured into a lonely little Subway in southern New Jersey and was the only customer inside.

Value: 0.3

$8.51: This included a bag of chips and a small beverage and the six inch Corned Beef Reuben. It’s a very tiny sandwich at that size. You can tell because the wrapping paper seems loose and the bag of Lays Potato chips is roughly the same size. This is not a great value at all.

Experience: 1.0

As the only person inside Subway, I got prompt, courteous service. My beverage choices didn’t include unsweetened drinks unless you count water. I went with the Minute Maid Lemonade, which I had to fill myself. I would describe my experience as positive but distant. Where’s the love, Subway?


Watching your food being made is usually good, until the “splort” of the Russian Dressing on my Reuben. Then I start to question why I’m putting this in my body.

Aesthetic: 0.5

For starters, Subway bread always looks undercooked to me. There’s never a satisfying texture in a bite, just rubbery okay-ness that’s evident the moment you pick up the sandwich. And did I mention how small it is? Looked super small and the loose wrapping didn’t help.


Finally, it’s probably not a good idea to bag your food in a clear plastic bag that reminds people of a garbage bag. I mean, if you want to pay double for a gas station sandwich, then Subway is definitely the place.

Taste: 1.2

The corned beef and sauerkraut were actually not bad. I couldn’t taste the rye bread over the sheer blandness of whatever Subway puts into their dough. I mean, I guess technically it was rye, but I couldn’t really taste it. No doubt any regular visitors to a real Jewish deli would’ve plotzed over this near-rye.

The Russian dressing on the warm sandwich was sort of like eating mayo left in the sun. It didn’t have the bite it should have and I actually enjoyed the parts of the sandwich without the warm dressing more.

My beverage was like an old Jewish joke. It was terrible and the portions were too small. Unless you’re a soda person, forget getting a drink at Subway.


The highlight was the Lays Potato Chips. Salty deliciousness. They have a few choices there. But with all the recent Lays Potato Chips flavors that came out, they really would be doing Subway a solid if they put out all the weird Lays chip flavors instead of those horrible Sun Chips.

Quality: 0.4

It’s hard to rate something that feels so cheap by its quality. Everything about it screams, “I got this for free”, but I nearly paid $9 for it. The place was clean and I did get my food fast but I also did half the work.

Overall: 3.4

I would’ve been a whole lot happier to pay $5 for this deal. Maybe $6. This lunch just felt like one big rip off with warm mayo. Subway really needs to crisp up the outside of its bread and stop stocking Sun Chips.

I mean, there were no healthy drinks that I saw, so why push Sun Chips? Health and fast food don’t really go together. Subway just can’t hack it in New Jersey, the Hoagie State, unless they follow the lead of, say, Jersey Mike’s. We have far too many cheaper and better options.