Review: Sriracha Chicken Melt from Subway
I have the worst timing. My judgment is not the best, either. Of course I picked a busy lunch hour to get the new Sriracha Chicken Melt from Subway and had to wait in line forever, both in the store and in the parking lot to leave. Of course I chose the smallest Subway in a tri-county area to make my sub so there were strangers invading my personal space. In my defense it is like two blocks away from my house and people get hungry around (wait for it) lunch time. Anyhow, it was a speck of a restaurant and was filled to the brim with hospital employees since it is across the street from one and other random samples of humanity. However, I remained steadfast in my quest for spicy goodness. Perhaps I should preface before going further by stating that I am by no means well-versed in the finer subtleties of Sriracha sauce. I buy the big clear bottle with the red top and fire engine red sauce on the shelf at Wal-Mart. I suppose you could consider me a newbie. Having said that, my first impression of the Sriracha on the Sriracha Chicken Melt was one of slight disappointment. The sauce had a slight mustard and vinegar taste to it. Almost like a buffalo or hot sauce type. These are things I normally enjoy, but that was definitely not what I was expecting. It took a moment for the spice to heat up my mouth but once things got warmer it redeemed the flavor of the sauce. It seemed to taste more like what I thought Sriracha would. The amount of spice was perfect. My mouth tingled, the burn lingered and I almost wished for a glass of milk. Almost. The entire sandwich came off a little dry, however. I wished for more sauce, as always. I even had the guy making my sandwich put extra on there because the thin pitiful line right down the middle was not going to cut it. There just was not enough of it, even after I asked for extra. I feel the meat should have come with the sauce already glazing it and then more would be added as the sandwich was created, like the chicken for the Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki. Speaking of, the chicken was not fatty or full of gristle. The pepperjack cheese was light and flavorful but did not lend any spice to the concoction. The Italian bread was warm and fresh, perfectly baked with just the right amount of soft chewiness on the inside. The tomato and onion were both fresh and tasty, though the red onions are a bit powerful and tend to mask some of the other flavors. I have found you have to watch the tomato at Subway. While it does not happen often, at odd times they get mushy on the edges and just kind of squish around with a stale flavor I have somehow come to associate with the back of a dirty refrigerator. I suspect that when everything is not quite as fresh as it should be, the first things to go are the tomatoes. Thankfully that was not the case this time. The jalapenos added just the right amount of spicy goodness and were also fresh with a slight crunch.
Despite the taste of the Sriracha sauce that I found to be odd and definitely unexpected, I enjoyed the sandwich. It is worth checking out if you happen to like spicy food and the good thing is you can customize to your hearts content at Subway. My suggestion would be to drown the thing in sauce and THEN have them toast it. I probably would not get another one simply because the novelty wore off by the last bite of the footlong. I was pleasantly surprised that I finally found something that met my spice quota, but I did not enjoy the flavor of the sauce quite enough to make it my go-to or even to repeat the meal. Let me know what you think. Maybe I just need a lesson in Sriracha?
Pros: Perfect amount of spice. Subway is the king of customizing, you can have as much as whatever ingredients you choose.
Cons: Strange take (to me) on their Sriracha sauce.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.75/10
Price: $4.75 6-inch. $7.25 foot-long
Overall GrubGrade: 6.50/10
More Info: http://www.subway.com/Menu/Product.aspx?CC=USA&LC=ENG&ProductId=276&MenuId=35
CALORIES 420 Calories from Fat 120 TOTAL FAT (g) 26 Saturated Fat (g) 4.5 Trans Fat* (g) 0 CHOLESTEROL (mg) 70 SODIUM (mg) 990 CARBOHYDRATES (G) 46 Dietary Fiber (g) 5 Sugars (g) 8 PROTEIN (G) 27