Review: Ham and Swiss Deluxe from 7-Eleven

Drinking and driving is always a bad idea. If you’re like me and occasionally knock back a few at your local watering hole after a hard days work, taking a cab is the logical idea. Well, when you get home and realize your fridge is empty, you might be prone to bursting into a Hulk hunger-rage that could level a small nation. Luckily for me, I have a 7-Eleven at the end of my block, so safe and anger free grubbing is always an option, and I don’t have to think about how long I would have to boil my shoes to make them palatable. The problem can be that 7-Eleven’s food can be pretty hit or miss. The other night, this exact scenario hit me and I picked up something new and something old; The Ham and Swiss Deluxe Sub, with Lettuce and Creole Mustard, and a bag of 7-Eleven Selects Kettle Style Jalapeno Chips.

7-Eleven’s sandwiches are typically pretty bad. They are made days in advance, and use the lowest quality ingredients possible. This however, was a pleasant surprise. The star was the cheese. While this Swiss isn’t going to win any worldwide acclaim, it’s super nutty, higher quality than you would expect, and plentiful. This isn’t the bland Swiss/American hybrid a lot of quick-serve places use. The Creole mustard has serious kick, and I totally dig that. I’m not sure what’s Creole about it, but it punches you in the face, and that is what I desire in a mustard. Go bold or go home.

Time for the unfortunate flaws… The ham is okay. No strong piggy goodness, but I didn’t feel it was awful either. I shall dub it “indifference ham”. The bread sucked, plain and simple. I can’t think of another way to describe it other than bland and stretchy. You have to tug at it when you take a bite, but not in a good way like a chewy baguette. If a sub roll was created by an amateur chemist instead of a baker, I think this is what you’d get. The lettuce was about a day past it’s prime, but a step up from the lack of greenery that was the norm in the past. I added mayo too. I like mayo on my sandwich, dammit. Sue me.

I also wanted to use this post to talk about a long time favorite of mine; 7-Eleven brand kettle chips. While not as sinfully greasy and thick as Dirty Chips, or as high quality as Utz’ offerings, they do come in a close third place for me with their overuse of unexpectedly tasty flavor powder.  I can’t seem to find the salt and vinegar flavor anymore, which was my go-to, but in my humble opinion their Jalapeno flavor is the best in the biz.

The perfect sandwich accompaniment. Frito Lay can suck it.

Wawa will forever be my 2am sub of choice. I have to drive to Wawa though, so if you’re like me and both hungry and drunk at 2am, this sandwich isn’t a bad option at all. Give me better ham and bread, and I might even consider eating this sober. Until then, it will just be there to pleasantly occupy my booze filled stomach.  Also, a lot of 7-Eleven’s offerings seem to be regional, so I have no clue if you can get this outside of where I live. The Spicy Big-Bite should be an option for all of you though.

Pros: Great Swiss. Manly mustard. Not getting a DUI. Rocking chips. Wawa.

Cons: The Stretch Armstrong of bread. Feeling sorry for the pig that was turned into this mundane ham. Having fifteen Wawas in a ten mile radius, but the closest one is a 25 minute walk, one way. Trying to take good food pics with the horrible lighting my house offers at 2am.

Price: 7-Eleven Ham and Swiss Deluxe $3.99 7-Eleven Kettle Style Jalapeno Flavored Potato Chips $0.99

Overall GrubGrade: 7-Eleven Ham and Swiss Deluxe 7.00 7-Eleven Kettle Style Jalapeno Flavored Potato Chips 8.75

19 comments on “Review: Ham and Swiss Deluxe from 7-Eleven

  1. Roman Berry says:

    Regarding the pictures with this review, I have to say that the yellow color cast makes it all look incredibly unappetizing and…well…just bad. Don’t mean to be critical, but these days there’s plenty of good freeware out that that can correct this kind of color cast in a jiffy and with a minimum of fuss. Other than that, nice review.

    One comment on the review itself: You wrote “Feeling sorry for the pig that was turned into this mundane ham.” And to that I reply, perhaps it was a mundane pig. (GIGO)

    • Chefprotoss says:

      I’m not a fan of editing food pics. That is what I ate looked like. I feel like editing is cheating.

      • Comrade Garlic says:

        I appreciate the non edited pictures. Taking the yellow cast away would make the sandwich look like something you you want to eat sober. I’m also glad I’m not alone in my enjoyment of the jalapeno chips. They are the best.

  2. JF says:

    Glad you had the right of mind to not get into the DUI thing. Although 7-11 might not have been the better choice! 😉

    I’ve never eaten anything from 7-11 and don’t think I ever will.

    But appreciate the review, and more importantly you wise choice.

  3. Justin ST says:

    Is this something new?

    I wish there were more Pret a Mangers around. They do sandwiches really well.

  4. Raiders757 says:

    Might not have to feel sorry for any of the little pigs. 7-11 normally uses “turkey ham”, or the new funny and cleverly named “indifference ham”.

    I have to admit that I love the shiz out of 7-11 Jalapeno Kettle Chips as well.

  5. Cynth says:

    Chefprotoss, perhaps you should consult others about rating systems, because based on your descriptions of these items and your past few reviews, you don’t appear to have any idea as to how to properly rate something.

    I appreciate your effort, but you come across as one of these types who “over-rates” everything. However, if you have always been drunk while making these reviews, then it’s understandable.

    Giving a sandwich a 7/10 that, by your own admission, had components that you felt “sucked” and felt “indifferent” about, not to mention old produce, is just absurd!

    • Chefprotoss says:

      You should read more of my reviews if you think that I love everything. I enjoyed this sandwich and feel it worthy of a 7. I have to keep it real though and describe the flaws that keep it from an 8 or a 9. Just because one aspect blew doesn’t mean it’s a sinking ship. The swiss and mustard alone deserve a 6.5, combine that with value and you get a 7. That’s my logic anyway haha

  6. Bill says:

    I know in my area the 7-11 fresh items are sourced out locally so they remain fresh. They use better than average ingredients so they are ok, I don’t know if they do this nationally but atleast in western NY they are sourced out locally.

  7. Charlie says:

    Appreciate the effort but wasn’t a very good review. He names 8 problems with it and still gives it a 7.

    • chakrateeze says:

      Dude, Chef ate the sandwich and decided it was an “7.” If want get yourself one & review it, have at it.

    • TJ says:

      8 problems? The ham was just okay. That’s not a huge problem and to be expected for a cheap sandwich at 7-11. The main problem was the bread. I can see giving a sandwich a 7 out of 10 when the main problem is simply the bread, as long as there were other redeeming qualities.

  8. Manavee says:

    I am writing to complain about how this review said some negative things about the sandwich and then gave the sandiwch a 7.0.

    This has caused me to completely question my life, and I have subsequently become a complete nihilist. Thanks for nothing, Grubgrade.

  9. Kaney says:

    Gosh, so much hate.

  10. chrislad says:

    The ratings are compared to all the other reviews on this site, therefore, if people feel like this rating or a certain writers are too harsh or generous they have reason to say so. It skews the comprehensive rating lists. Readers really do take the ratings seriously and base buying decisions on them.

    No one’s freaking out, they just want to keep the site as a strong reference source.

    As to the product itself, I think the key with cheap food like this is to keep it simple. The basic ingredients are hard to mess up too much. They took one risk with the spicy mustard, which sounds like was the right decision. Don’t slap 3 crazy things on there, lots of familar tastes and then let the one stand out.

    • Dustin85 says:


      Noone uses this site for major buying decisions. The site is mainly used for “here is what someone thought about this new item”, and if you actually took this site seriously, you know the main review is usually best left for pictures of the finished item and basic quality. Because taste/flavor/quality/service from generic store A to same named generic store B can be vastly different you cannot seriously look at any review website and think people around the country/world will base their decision on one article.

      The problem grubgrade has is when they don’t have any submitted articles on new products they take things like this. Not that it is a bad article, but it is more of a “hey here’s something” rather than a serious “review”.

      And final thought, comprehensive rating lists be damned, half of the whole list is “I didn’t really like x, but I’ll let it slide”. I think you take the site a little bit too seriously.

      To the review; thanks for the great walking distance gas station food review.

  11. Charlie says:

    I actually use this site for buying decisions. If an item gets a bad review on this site I won’t even consider buying it. I find ChefP to be very random with his reviews. I take all of his with a grain of salt. But like I said I appreciate the effort.

  12. Biff McGee says:

    It’s a sandwich folks. Get over it.