Review: Honey Bourbon Chicken Sub from Quiznos

 A few weeks ago I checked out Quiznos for the first time, only to find their new Harvest Chicken Salad on a Whole Grain Flatbread (review) to be overpriced and not very filling. What I didn’t mention in my previous review was that I had asked a family member to use a coupon that would have allowed me to get a free regular sized sub in addition to the flatbread. Stuck in the office for the better part of a day, I knew I’d need two sandwiches to get me through my evening, and had given my family member clear directions to bring me back the Honey Bourbon Chicken sub.
 The Honey Bourbon Chicken is one of Quiznos’ “Classic Subs” and practically their only sub offered without cheese or a mayo-based sauce. For that reason, the combination of chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, “Honey Bourbon Mustard”, and “Zesty Grille Sauce” earns this sub the perennial “Eat This” tag for those looking to go a little healthier. Yet at $5.99 for a regular sub, it’s smaller and more expensive than one of Subway’s regular Five Dollar Footlongs. But more upsetting to me is that it falls under one of the most ambiguously defined fast casual coupon policies known to man, and that, despite having no restriction against the use of the “Buy 1 Get 1 Free” option in conjunction with a regular flatbread, my family member had to fork over an extra $5.99 for the sub. At $12 total for a snack and lunch, the second of my Quiznos’ experiences was going to have to be better than the first for me to be willing to try the chain again.
 The good news is that’s it’s pretty tasty for a “healthy” sub, and has a bit more flavor than the similar chicken breast sub that Subway offers as part of their low-fat menu. Unfortunately, the sub fails to live up to Quiznos’ own lofty standards of quality ingredients, and can’t match up when it comes to similar items as the same price point.
I was pleased by the portion of chicken I received on the sub, but less than impressed with its quality. For $5.99 I’m expecting a whole chicken breast that has been grilled in-house, but the chicken – while plentiful – was of the standard pre-grilled strip variety. What you get is salty and enhanced tasting meat that’s only rescued by the Honey Bourbon Mustard. I really liked this mustard actually, but found myself wanting more of it than was on the sub. The honey taste is a little too restrained given the saltiness of the meat, but the sauce manages to convey a respectable tang and acidity.
I wasn’t very impressed with the vegetables or bread. Granted, some drop off is expected because of the time delay from the original order, but the sub just kind of looked without color or brightness, and it was reflected in the taste. The Artisan Wheat is more like “par for the course” wheat, while the tomatoes were unremarkable. For $5.99 you might think red onions and spinach would be part of the vegetable mixture, but instead, a weak iceberg and generic diced white onions stood in.
All things considered, I guess you could say I’m 0-2 at Quiznos. While fairly tasty as a low-fat sub, the Honey Bourbon Chicken is not worth its $5.99 price tag. If you’re looking for an average tasting sub you’d probably be better to go to Subway, where at least the portions are larger and the prices better. If you’re looking for an “artisan” sub? Well, you’ve got me there…

Pros: Plenty of chicken. Good balance of sweet and pungent to the Honey Bourbon Mustard. Healthy.

Cons: ot worth the $5.99 price tag. Veggies and bread are average, at best. Chicken is not high quality. More sugar than a bowl of Cap'n Crunch

Taste: 6.75/10
Value: 3.75/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.50/10
Price: 5.99 for a regular

Overall GrubGrade: 5.75/10

Nutrition Facts:
Nutrition Info – Honey Bourbon Chicken Sub (Regular Size) Calories – 515
Total Fat – 7 grams
Saturated Fat – 2 grams
Cholesterol – 40 milligrams
Sodium – 1430 milligrams
Carbs – 76 grams
Sugars –25 grams
Dietary Fiber – 3 grams
Protein – 26 grams
Calcium – 25%

13 comments on “Review: Honey Bourbon Chicken Sub from Quiznos

  1. Chefprotoss or dan says:

    Whenever I see the word “artisan”, It screams buyer beware. 9 times out of 10 its crap wrapped in a bow. If you ever go to a fine dining restaurant and see the word “gourmet” written next to anaything please leave. I have witnessed atrocities like frozen precooked mussels, cryo-vac pre cooked duck confit, soup from a box etc…, and its those kinds of restaurant idiots that throw around pointless words like “artisan and gourmet”. People that are good at what they do let the food speak for itself. This applies to anywhere serving food.

    What the hell is zesty grille sauce? I googled it and got nothing. It sounds like the shmegma scraped off a dirty grill grate emulsified with vinegar and oil.

    Nice review btw. Now I have one more reason to never eat at quiznos. =)

    • Nick says:

      You whiffed big time on zesty grille sauce. It’s just a bourbon-flavored sauce created by the chefs in the Quiznos test kitchen at their HQ. No different from a BBQ sauce you’d buy in a jar at the market, except Quiznos is the sole distributor.

  2. Daniel n says:

    Adam your thoughts and mine are very similar concerning quiznos. The subs are ok but nothing really special. Their bread is plain compared to subway and quiznos is more expensive. I’ve also only had about 25% success with quiznos coupons.

  3. rob says:

    I’ll pay extra for Quiznos because you don’t have to specify every single ingredient you want on the sandwich.

    “You want bread?”
    “Of course I want bread”
    “What kind of bread?”
    “The kind of bread that comes with the sandwich”
    “We don’t do it that way”
    “What way DO you do it?”
    “You have to tell us what kind of bread you want”
    “What if I don’t?”
    “Then our sandwich artists cannot create their artistry”
    “Okay then give me whole wheat”
    “You want meat?”
    “Of course I want meat, it’s a chicken sandwich, what is the point of it without chicken?”
    “So you want chicken?”
    “Want anything on it?”

    • j says:

      Oh yeah, having to choose bread is such a burden. If only there was a convenient list of bread choices with pictures of the options right in front of you when you have to make your choice…

    • SPM says:

      Making a sandwich to the customer’s specifications. What a burden on the customer this really is.

  4. Matt says:

    Quiznos has gone majorly downhill over the past few years. Before 2009, their subs were extremely overpriced but were great sandwiches. In 2009, they dropped prices significantly to catch up with Subway, but the quality and size of subs changed dramatically.

    I used to get Quiznos at least once a week, now maybe 2-3 times per year. Changing their bread was the last straw for me. I loved their old bread, they were much wider and the white bread had sesame seeds on top. The wheat bread was good too. Now they’ve switched to this generic, boring bread that again made the sandwiches smaller.

  5. J.B. says:

    It is that awful pre-cooked bagged chicken that is killing these places.
    As soon as I see it I immediately get turned off and want to leave.

  6. Hunter says:

    I think this sub is very good. Way better then any Subway subs.

  7. Nicki says:

    Best Subs – Penn Station Grilled Subs. Amazing.

  8. Patrick says:

    About 3 years ago we had at least 8 Quiznos’s in the area. Now all of the franchises within at least a 25 mile radius are closed… They were the victim of high prices vs. smaller quantities and not the best quality.

    At least we have Primo Hoagies in the area. Freaking amazing…

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