Review: Chicken Bacon Dipper from Quiznos

It’s revolutionary! It’ll change the laws of the sandwich world! It’ll cure cancer and find world peace! Well, maybe not that last one, but Quiznos really wants to promote the heck out of the new Chicken Bacon Dipper, with all kinds of over-the-top claims. Given these kind of statements, my bar was not set very high, this was making the product sound to good to be true. Yeah, I thought it might be decent, don’t get me wrong, but somewhere, something would be messed up along the line. This turned out a pretty accurate summary of the sandwich, without even tasting it.

As I walked in fresh out of class, for a late lunch, I could hear the lyrics of “California Girls” blaring over the speakers, I walked up and ordered my Chicken Bacon Dipper (far too wordy of a name, I digress…), a large (regular size pictured). I was concerned at once, I was asked what kind of bread I wanted this on. Seriously? This is your feature sandwich, know it goes on the Chipotle Bread! I’m not sure why this trend is happening throughout mass-chain subshops: I order the specialty sub, with signs about said sandwich all around, and they don’t know what bread I would like. Anyway, As I got rang up, the sandwich itself was a whopping $7.99, $10.77 with chips and a medium drink. I know Quizno’s was giving out $2.99 discounts that could be printed for the small version of the sandwich. Use these if they are an option, the sandwich is massively overpriced.

While I was waiting for my sandwich, something impressed me that I didn’t expect to see: While the rest of my sandwich was going through the conveyor belt/toaster, my chicken was boiled in warm water in front of me, a very nice touch. Likewise, I found the tomatoes to be very fresh, as was the chicken, having undergone its unique process.

As I took my seat, I can’t help but wonder what people thought I was doing, maybe schoolwork; I sure hope so- I like to do my reviews undercover. I got out my pen, paper, calculator, etc. before even opening the fondue-like cheese sauce that came with the sandwich. Mine was literally steaming hot, and certainly large enough- about the size of one their small soups. Rather generous, of you ask me. Having had a small version of the sandwich earlier, however, I noticed that you will get the same amount of sauce, no matter what size you order. Unfortunately for me, the sauce turned lukewarm about halfway through my sandwich. This is okay, though, mainly since I would describe the taste of the sauce very similar to that of Tostitos Con Queso salsa, with some chopped red+green bell peppers mixed in. If you have tried this product before, you know that it is certainly edible hot or cold. As for the heat itself, if you’re considered about that… I’m a pepperhead, but I rank it just a notch above that of a traditional medium salsa.

The sandwich itself, while tasty, was a letdown. Yes, this is an oxymoron, but it holds true on many levels, especially considering the effects of the cheese on most of the sandwich. For instance, the Chipotle Bread, when tasted alone, had a freshly cracked black pepper zing to it that was not overwhelming, with some nice residual flakes. However, dunked in the cheese, this would be impossible to tell, it became cheesy bread, with none of that true graininess about it at all. Another giant concern was the bacon, with regards to the sandwich sauce. I enjoy bacon on a sandwich, and, at least in my opinion, it should be a dominant flavor. This was anything but the case here- I forgot the sandwich had bacon on it until I looked at a sign, after eating the entire sandwich. Additionally, while the chicken had a very nice pulled feel to it, I noticed nearly every other piece fell into the cheese sauce. It sure was a dipper after that, though- but only the chicken into the cheese at that point. Even aside from the sandwich itself, the cheese sauce got everywhere, and I consider myself a neat eater, almost all over my clothes. In conclusion, I found that while the sauce and chicken were very tasty, they overpowered and dominated the sandwich.

I would recommend this if you can afford it, and don’t mind a little bit of a mess, because the taste is pretty decent, even if it gets overpower a lot of the time. Better yet, do what I didn’t do: Get a spoon, and put small amounts of the cheese on the sandwich, avoiding and mess or overpowered flavors. Yes, I realize that takes away from the fun and premise of the sandwich, but this is probably the best way to get the most out of the sandwich. for layman’s terms, think of the sandwich as this: Quizno’s had The Melting Pot’s kids- it’s still fast food, but borders closer to gourmet.

Pros: Decent spice level, not a wimpy level. Fresh, pulled taste of grilled chicken. Double dipping allowed~ and encouraged! Thick cheese sauce, as opposed to standard watery. Flaky bread

Cons: Messy. Cheese overpowers. Priced at $7.99 for a large is not okay unless I'm getting a steak-like sandwich. Chicken constantly falling in the cheese. Total lack of bacon taste

Taste: 8.25/10
Value: 7.25/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.50/10
Price: $10.57 (!) for large sandwich, chips, medium soda

Overall GrubGrade: 7.50 (Good)

More Info: Quiznos.com
Nutrition Facts:
n/a, Quizno's does not have this listed

22 comments on “Review: Chicken Bacon Dipper from Quiznos

  1. Allokago says:

    I really don’t like Quiznos. Maybe I just don’t “get” gourmet subs because I grew up on either the local sub shop or Subway, but their prices and sizes always seem out of proportion. If I want a sub with good meat and a bit of extra effort, I’ll hit the Sub Shop and enjoy a local favorite. If I want quick with some flavors I might not be able to get at the local joint–I love their Herb and Cheese bread–then I’ll hit Subway. Quiznos is too gimmicky and expensive for what they offer.

    No matter where I go, I never get my sub toasted. It just tastes burnt.

  2. Justin ST says:

    This was alright. I had it a while back.

  3. SkippyMom says:

    “In conclusion, I found that while the sauce and chicken were very tasty, they overpowered and dominated the sandwich.”

    Although I read the whole review this statement confused me as written. Which one? The chicken or the cheese? I am assuming the cheese, but….um….why would chicken over power a sandwich named for chicken? So, probably the cheese?

    The reason they asked bread type, eventhough it is listed on the signs, is that there are actually [gasp] people out there that want a different type of bread. It is in the employees’ training to always ask what kind of bread, regardless what the advertisement says. You really need to let this pass and not be so sensitive.

    The cheese was served steaming, not fair to mention it cooled off while you ate your sandwich or that the sandwich was messy. Glad you are a “neat” eater, but it just seems like you had to find a reason to pick Quiznos apart for the most trivial things.

    I don’t like when I disagree with a review here because I am usually emailed and taken to task, but if you had just concentrated on the sandwich and not your shortcomings it would’ve been a more enjoyable read.

    I really can’t get a “taste” for whether or not this sandwich is good. I do know the price is exhorbinant, but we paid $4.22 for a gallon of gas on Friday.

    Too bad a want now equals the price of a need.

    • Elise says:

      Haha wow, do you work at Quiznos or something? Also, your comparison to gas prices makes absolutely no sense.

    • stampede says:

      nah these are the exact same criticisms i had of this review. it’s pretty fair to ask these questions. i had a hard time determining whether or not this sandwich is something i’d want to try based on the review … seemed like the reviewer was really stretching to find some things to say that were negative.

  4. Manavee says:

    When I got mine a few weeks back, they also asked what kind of bread I wanted. I said the Chipotle bread.

    They were out of it! At 1130a no less.

    Anyway, I still sort of liked it on wheat. It was a totaL mess, though and my chicken pieces ended up doing the backstroke in the sauce. Perhaps bigger chunks of chicken might have helped the sandwich hold together better?

    Oh, and my cheese was served roof of the mouth burning hot.

  5. J.B. says:

    I am sorry that you had to pay so much for this terrible sandwich.
    You really should have reviewed the lobster sandwich from Quiznos, that is actually very good.
    I got this for cheap with the coupon and I still elt ripped off.

  6. rodney11111 says:

    i avoided quiznos for a long time when they started making their sandwiches so small. They are way too cheap on the ingredients.

  7. Murray says:

    I also get frustrated when they ask me what kind of bread and what fixings I want. I wish they would just say, the sandwhich comes with this that and the other thing; is that all OK?

    I also agree with your assessment of its messiness. I would give it a much lower Grubbing on the Go rating.

    Quiznos is always a little pricy, but I usually find their offerings worth it. However, they frequently offer coupons.

    Pretty good sandwich, probably not worth the price.

  8. 4X4, Animal Style says:

    skippymom, thanks for bringing constructive criticism to me as a reviewer, to make not only the review better, but to improve me as a writer. I’m more than happy to clarify any concerns you might have, so let’s start with your first one (and all are fair game!):

    “Which one? The chicken or the cheese? I am assuming the cheese, but….um….why would chicken over power a sandwich named for chicken? So, probably the cheese?”

    Both, actually. My issue with this is that I felt I should be able to taste more of the ingredients, in particular, the bacon, which is found in the sandwich’s name as well. Great point about the chicken being in name, but I think I should be able to taste more than that (and the cheese) in the sandwich, no? Other than the chicken and cheese, it was very hard to discern any other flavors, to the point where I had to rip parts off other parts of the sandwich to give you a taste of things like bread, tomato freshness, etc.

    As for the eating neat part: How much value do I, personally, in my value of the sandwich? Doesn’t matter too much, but it matters slightly to me. But, this would matter for some people, who just don’t like messy foods, and I felt I should serve them in this review, too. Additionally, I found this important to mention given the “Grubbing on the Go” scale that is used- a messy sandwich should not be eaten on the go.

    Complaining about the bread? Fair enough, but know that this is a pet peeve of mine. You should know this had zero factor on the review itself, it was just thrown in there as an overview statement. This is moreso a pet peeve of mine than a critique. It does help to know, though, that it’s a company policy to ask what kind of bread, I did not realize that.

    I’m not being sarcastic here, what would you like to see as a “feel” for the sandwich, in your opinion? That’s something that concerns me as a writer, and would like a little more detail on. I can improve on this, to be sure.

    Thanks for the advice and criticisms, though, they’re much appreciated.

    • Ray says:

      Skippy Mom needs to get some, you might want to check if she or her son works there;)

  9. rob says:

    I don’t like questions about how I want my sandwich, I want to just order and that’s the end of it. That’s why I don’t go to Subway, you have to specify every detail of the sandwich.

  10. Rhiannon says:

    Subway > Quiznos.

  11. Chefprotoss or dan says:

    I never realized people were so lazy when it comes to ordering food. I can think of many reasons to dislike subway. Untill now I never thought being asked if you want lettuce or spinach would be one of them. =P

    Nice review, but whoever came up with this sandwhich must think all americans have the brain of a six year old. I don’t know about you guys, but the thrilling novelty of dunking dry food in wet food wore off for me at that age.

  12. rob says:

    I don’t see what’s lazy about it, if you are in a sit down restaurant and you order a salad off the menu, they do not ask you to specify the ingredients you want in the salad. If you order a pasta dish, they do not ask you to specify the ingredients of the pasta dish.

    The sub shop has a photo of a sub on the wall. It is their featured sub. I tell them I would like their featured sub that is on the wall.

    They ask “What would you like on it?”

    I say “Whatever is on the sub in the photo on the wall”

    They say “It doesn’t work like that, you have to tell us what you want on the sub”

    I say “Well then why the hell did you put the photo of the featured sub on the wall? Is it just a suggestion? Your chefs created the sub. Presumably they decided on the ingredients for a reason, and did not just heap them on in a random manner. So just give me whatever the hell it is that they decided upon.”

    “We can’t do that.”

    McDonalds has a photo of a Big Mac on the wall. When I order one, I do not have to specify the ingredients in my Big Mac. I do not have to tell them if I want it with or without lettuce or special sauce. They just give me a Big Mac.

    • Chefprotoss or dan says:

      Different strokes I guess. I don’t go to chipotle because I’m a fan of the chef and I want him to wow me. That is a different style of dining. I like being able to make fast food just the way I want. I guess not everyone feels that way. Like I said though, the ability to customize your food annoying someone is a new one for me. You learn something every day.

      • Allokago says:

        This is interesting for me, as well…very seldom do I order my food as advertised. I’m not a tomato, mushroom, or onion fan, for instance. There’s also some items that I’m just not in the mood for some days. I often customize what I order, so I guess I’m just used to doing that and can appreciate a place that doesn’t just assume what I want on my food. Hmm.

    • JimmieC says:

      I totally see what you are saying to some extent. A number of years back after Subway first introduced salads, the whole office was getting subway, so I decided to get some particular salad, I think it was a Chicken Bacon Salad or something. Anyways, because we were place a big order, we phoned it in ahead of time, and I had spent time looking on the website of what was suppose to be in the salad because I am a picky eater.

      Well when we all sat down to lunch, the salad was just a concoction of ingredients that the person felt like throwing on there, including pickles, jalepenos, stuff you wouldn’t even normally find in a salad. (I’m surprised she didn’t put Mayo and Mustard on it)….

      So I ended up taking the salad back to the subway, and told them that I wanted the salad how it was advertised…..she said she didn’t know what that meant! So then we had to rebuild the salad, and she had the nerve to ask me if I wanted her to start a new one from scratch or pick the stuff out of the one she had made earlier…….

      At the same time, whoever was saying that they are required to ask what type of bread at Quiznos based on the employee manual is full of it because whenever I order a typical sandwich there I am only asked white or wheat, they don’t even offer the other two types, they’ll do it if I specifically ask for it. And that has been at every Quizno’s I’ve gone too, and I travel a lot for work.

  13. Shannon says:

    I also don’t see the laziness. When a restaurant has come out with an innovative new item or one comprising of a combination of existing ones, I am all set to try it. I want to see what that restaurant has to offer. I know that I don’t have the expertise to know which bread will best compliment the sandwich. Each time, I ask that items I do not wish to eat not be included. Since I have worked in customer service (though not fast food), I have some idea as to what it’s like to serve people. The company that I worked for did not give us the option of asking questions at POS aside from upselling. After hearing “I don’t want…”, or “I don’t need a bag.” at least a hundred times a day, we decided to ask the customers if they wanted a bag which only angered them.

    • Shannon says:

      I meant complement.

      • Shannon says:

        Sorry to keep posting, but I failed to mention that the company I worked for had a policy that made it mandatory for us to bag everything for each and every customer. Most of the time, we would either be done bagging or in the process of doing so before the verbal request would be made. At that time, we would have to remove the purchase from the bag(s).

  14. Elise says:

    IMO, Quiznos is really only worth it if you have a good coupon. Luckily, coupons are generally in abundance (either via junk mail or online)… but I still am generally not impressed with Quiznos in general. I haven’t ever really found it to be a good value or as satisfying as I hope it to be.