Fast Food Review: Tuscan Chicken Melt from Subway

Subway is not a restaurant I visit frequently.  I don’t like paying for a sandwich that doesn’t have a lot of meat to it.  Sure, a regular footlong costs only $5, but I can find a similar hoagie for the same price and with more meat at a local shop.  However, I do find that their veggie hoagies are pretty decent.  Fairly cheap, and you can load up on the veggies.  It is usually a nice lunch time sandwich.   

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By the promo picture alone, this initially looks like the greatest new Subway sandwich.

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The store window promo

Subway’s latest sandwich is the Tuscan Chicken Melt, which is described as:

Delicious Tuscan-seasoned chicken drizzled in olive vinaigrette and smothered in melted cheese. 

For bread I chose the hearty Italian, and also added provolone cheese.  I only added tomatoes, lettuce, and red onions so I could get the full flavor of the chicken and vinaigrette.  My initial reaction after my first bite was that my bread was stale.  It was toasted, but not enough.  They put the sandwich in the oven just long enough to melt the cheese.  And speaking of the cheese, there was no flavor to it.  Perhaps I should have asked for extra cheese because no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t find the taste of provolone.

tuscan chicken melt

The chicken itself lacked any flavor, but the ‘tuscan seasoning’ was ok.  It basically just tasted like Italian dressing.  The seasoning and vinaigrette definitely were the strongest flavors of the sandwich.  I was trying to decide if I loved it or hated it, but I just kept deciding this was mediocre.  The vegetables added just enough flavor where they weren’t overpowering the rest of the ingredients.

Tuscan Chicken Melt from Subway (open)

Once again, my visit to Subway was just average.  I didn’t walk away feeling overly satisfied, but it wasn’t so awful that I couldn’t finish the sandwich.  As part of the Subway line of Fresh Fit Choices it deserves some credit for being pretty guilt free in the nutrition department.  The big question is…Would I buy this one again?  (WIBIA Shout-out)  No.  If you have a standard sandwich at Subway, I’d say stick with that on your next visit!

Pros: Tuscan seasoning tasted decent as did the vegetables. As with everything at Subway, customizable. Only 9 grams of fat for the 6" sub.

Cons: Lack of cheese flavor, stale bread.

Taste: 5.00/10
Value: 5.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.00/10
Price: $4.00 for 6 inch

Overall GrubGrade: 5.00/10

More Info: Subway.com or SubwayFreshBuzz.com
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 370
Total Fat - 9 grams
Saturated Fat - 3.5 grams
Cholesterol - 60 milligrams
Sodium - 1180 milligrams
Carbs - 48 grams
Sugar - 5 grams
Dietary Fiber - 4 grams
Protein - 26 grams

19 comments on “Fast Food Review: Tuscan Chicken Melt from Subway

  1. Marvo says:

    I don’t think any of the cheeses have flavor.

    I tried the Tuscan Chicken Melt too and thought it was all right. The olive vinegar dressing was decent.

  2. Wow…couple things…the sandwich they made for you actually looks pretty darned good…not quite like the picture but not too shabby either.

    I’m the same with their bread…so I don’t get it toasted, it does seem stale the way they semi-toast it. It’s nice when it’s crunchy or completely soft…with theirs it’s got to be soft. Now if it was a dutch crunch roll…..mmmmmm.

    Subway could be SO much better if they weren’t as stingy. They remind me of some of my Jewish friends….(I’m Jewish, no one get their panties in a bunch).

    Here here to the Sangwich Artists!

  3. P.S. What is ya’lls favorite sub joint? What would your ideal sangwich be if you made it yourself?

  4. Great review John and thanks for the shout out!!… I was wonder how this tasted. Since I posted that Subway and I an “over,” I couldn’t stomach my pride to go back and try it. I agree with Bear, the sub that was made looks pretty good, too bad the taste didn’t deliver. Stale bread? How could that be?!?! They make it fresh daily ;)

  5. rob says:

    I don’t eat at Subway because you have to tell them what ingredients you want on the sandwich. If I wanted to make a dozen different decisions I’d just make my own sandwich. When you order a Big Mac you don’t have to specify each ingredient you want on the sandwich, you just say “I want a Big Mac.” But you can’t just walk up to the counter at Subway and say “I want a Tuscan Chicken Melt,” you have to tell them what kind of bread and what kind of cheese and whether you want tomatoes and whether you want lettuce and whether you want mayo etc. etc. etc. Screw that.

    My favorite sub shop of all time was a place called Russo’s that only sold one kind of sub, The Russo. It really simplified the lunch experience because your only decision was whether to get 1/2 of a Russo or a full Russo.

  6. rob says:

    Now they sell a whole bunch of sandwiches

    http://www.russossubs.com/sandwiches

    Used to be just the one. Then they added the tuna sandwich option, and now it’s just total chaos.

  7. Dan says:

    You quickly pointed out my two main complaints with Subway – seemingly stale bread and tasteless cheese. Subway is a healthy choice when traveling when you don’t want the temptation of fries.

    I order a BMT or Turkey/ham with no cheese. Why add the calories when you can’t taste it.

    Like most chains – Average at best.

  8. Adam says:

    I find most independent sub shops to be overpriced and just as crappy in the bread department. At Subway and least you have cheapness. The key is to find a topping happy teenage kid who works behind the counter. If you can find a “dude, what’s a food cost” kinda guy, then you are set.

    @Bear- As a deli-loving Catholic I mean this with the highest degree of respect; when are your people going to open a flagship national subshop? I wanna pastrami sub on marbled rye!

  9. Ryan says:

    Anyone try Firehouse Subs? I have a post in the works on it. I really hope it takes off because as a growing Sub chain, they are really good. http://www.firehousesubs.com/
    Another post I’m working on is for a smaller chain of 2 or 3 restaurants of this place called South Street Steaks. Bringing the taste of Philly to Maryland. http://www.southstreetsteaks.com/

    @ Dan … “Why add the calories when you can’t taste it.” – Couldn’t have said it better myself. That’s why I never get cheese on a Subway sub…I actually try to mask the taste of anything that might be kinda gross with hot pepper relish.

  10. @Adam – Hahah, I take it with respect. We need a nationwide Pastrami on Rye available :)

    @Ryan – I really like Firehouse Subs, I haven’t had them in a bit but from what I remember they were superb!

    @Dan – Seriously…why have the extra calories if it doesn’t make a difference. Great point.

  11. That’s pretty typical for good ole Subway…. I only get the veggie delight in a pinch, because the veggies usually appear fresh & it’s the cheapest thing they have sandwich-wise.

    Love, Gimmeyummy

  12. john says:

    @Bear…. probably the best hoagies I’ve had was when I worked in South Philly. We used to go to this place called ‘Gooey Louies’. The prices were reasonable and the hoagies were HUGE. they were unbelieveable.
    But as far as chain sub shops go… I usually just hit up Wawa and get chicken salad.

    @Ryan…. south street steaks huh? Looks like they have some good cheesesteaks! Perhaps you should get one, I’ll take a half hour drive to South Street Philadelphia…pick up a cheesesteak and we’ll compare!

  13. Kristin says:

    Firehouse subs is damn good! Mostly in the south, I always stop at one when I can. I hope they expand north and soon. Another good sub place I like is Potbelly….can’t get enough of ‘em.
    http://www.potbelly.com/Home/Default.aspx

  14. Such a hijacked thread here….I shall continue it.

    @ Bear. My favorite Sub Shops (chain)
    Cold: Jersey Mikes
    Hot: Penn Station (Italian)

    @ Adam, Agreed, some independents cut quality to compete againist the chains and are overpriced at times.

    @ Dan, fry temptation is a biatch!! I am with you. I want something different than fries, but apples in bag is so lame!

  15. Raiders757 says:

    Subway is about as stingy as it gets. I pretty much agree wit hall that has been said about them, and can’t add all that much.

    @ Bear

    I have several favorite sub shops, but none of them are chains.

    Ideal, if I made it?

    #1 – Roast Beef , Turkey, and Ham with American, Swiss, and Provolone cheeses. Diced Onions, Diced Tomatoes, and Banana Peppers with an oregano bases oil dressing(made with Banana Pepper juice). Not toasted and on a soft sub roll.

    # 2 – Roast Beef, Turkey, and perfectly cooked Bacon. Topped with provolone and toasted. Out of the oven, add lettuce, onions, and an Italian oil based dressing or balsamic dressing. Tomatoes optional with a pickle served on the side.

    No mayo! Mayo puts a sub or sandwich onto the fast track to nastyville. Mayo is used by mothers who don’t know how to make a decent sandwich for their children, and rookies.

  16. Michael Eggerling says:

    How dissapointing, was looking forward to trying this when I heard the commercial today. Thanks, I think you saved me from a heartbreaking visit.

  17. Keith says:

    FYI many of the Calories for Subway are withOUT cheese. Cheese adds 50-60 calories to most subs.

  18. Oriana says:

    I know this might sound like a stupid question but what exactly does tuscan chicken consist in? I’m from Tuscany and I come across this loads of times and still don’t know?! Thank you very much

  19. Hunter says:

    Subway is my favorite sub shop, for lunch. It always hits the spot, but planet subs it also very good. However, they are only a limited number of these shops.

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