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
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
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