Review: The Gobbler from Wawa

It’s that time of year again. The days are shorter and your hunger for poultry is greater. Well, mine is anyway. I love anything nostalgic and I dare anyone to name something more nostalgic than good old Thanksgiving. Football, turkey, beer and the only time of year you nap with friends and relatives on the couch. Does it get any better? Maybe, but that would ruin the point of this review. The turning leaves also indicates the return of a legendary sandwich; The Gobbler from Wawa. It has mounds of cranberry sauce, stuffing and turkey with gravy all in a toasted quality hoagie roll.

Before we get to the sandwich though, I will fill in you non-central east coasters on the greatness that is Wawa.  With over 570 locations (11 within 15 miles of my house), Wawa is a gas station juggernaut that stretches from Virginia to New Jersey.

Do you like chips? Their selection rivals or is greater than most grocery stores. Want a badass hoagie? They have you covered. Everything from the drinks to the gas prices crushes the competition. This is your one stop shop for everything awesome you could possibly want from a convenience store and then some.

Fun fact: actor Johnny Knoxville has the Wawa bird tatooed on his arm. Find me anyone with a 7-Eleven tatoo and I will hear your argument for some other place being the king of convenience stores. Until then, Wawa reigns supreme. If it isn’t painfully obvious by now, I love Wawa, but do I also love the nostalgic themed Gobbler?  First off, this is the ugliest most napkin needed sandwich I have reviewed yet. Wawa makes their subs in “hot dog” form, and this is pile after pile of wet ingredients. Not very blog friendly.

Second, the turkey is close to what you would find in a Hungry Man dinner. Better, but a far cry from well roasted, hand-carved bird. Third, the stuffing is way too wet. This is far from perfection, but this all matters little though, because when combined together on a toasted sub roll that is one of the best available, it is magic. On top of that, there are whole cranberries in the aforementioned cranberry sauce. Not warm cranberry jello like one would expect. This shouldn’t be good, but it works really well. Combine that with the price of $3.49 for a six incher (fyi: Wawa calls a 6″ sub a “Shorti”), and you have a winner. The Gobbler plays as a team. A team that belongs in your belly.

If the quality of the ingredients was higher, the Gobbler would be in the realm of a 10/10 score. At the same time I would expect to pay a lot more for it. If you are on I-95 from Jersey to VA in the next couple weeks, be sure to check it out. The roast beef puts Arby’s to shame as well, but that is another review for another day… or maybe it will be my lunch tomorrow.

Pros: Delicious nostalgia. Seasonal food that doesn't suck. Cranberries. Utz, Zapps, Dirty etc... chips, plus the norm, all in one building.

Cons: Having to take a bath after eating. Turkey and stuffing could be better. People that over cook their turkey and wonder why it's dry.

Taste: 8.00/10
Value: 8.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 2.00/10
Price: 3.49 for a 6" sub

Overall GrubGrade: 8.25/10

More Info: Wawa.com
Nutrition Facts:
6" Wawa Gobbler
520 calories, 14 grams of fat, 66 grams of carbs, 12 gram of sugar, 32 grams of protein

29 comments on “Review: The Gobbler from Wawa

  1. Steven Thorp says:

    WAWA!!!! My god I love that place. I litterally live within a 10 min driving distance to 5 in DE. Anyway, The “gobbler” may not be my favorite, but it’s sure good. I actually get in in bowl form so I don’t ruin my work clothes eating it out of a sub roll.

    Also, did you know Wawa is expanding to FLORIDA? Now I get to stuff my face after watching Shamu.

  2. Sherm says:

    Yes, Wawa is definitely the best. I really feel sorry for people who don’t have easy access to one. Any time friends visit from non-Wawa states, they’re *always*, without fail, jealous and sad when they have to lave and return to their Wawa-less existences at home.

    Not a big fan of cranberry sauce mixed in with savory ingredients, so I just get the Gobbler without the cranberry, sometimes with a little mayo to make up for the lack of cranberry moisture. Just as good, if not – dare I say? – better

  3. Ryan says:

    The Gobbler does not look appetizing at all to me. I live within a mile of a Wawa and I don’t think I’ve ever purchased a hot sub from there. I always go chicken salad shorti with sweet peppers and a bag of spicy nacho doritos. I’m in a box.

    • Chefprotoss says:

      Yeah, the cold subs at wawa are the way to go. The soup isn’t half bad either. I’m.in a box as well, other than this gobbler I haven’t had strayed from the roast beef in ages.

  4. Nick says:

    Sheetz needs to do this.

  5. LJ says:

    I always struggled with the Wawa sub fascination. If you’re in Wawa territory and craving a Gobbler you’ll be far better off going to Capriotti’s and picking up a Bobbie.

    • Raiders757 says:

      I live in Wawa Country and there isn’t a Capriotti’s within several hundred miles. There are always going to be better places, but sometimes Wawa is very convenient for the price.

  6. Joseph says:

    Is that the Wawa on Garrisonville road in Stafford?

    THAT’S MY WAWA! RIGHTEEEOOUUUSS.

  7. SkippyMom says:

    My favorite thing about Wawa is that when I road tripped with the family I could go in and find fresh, healthy snacks [veggies, fruits, juices] and their sandwiches are always fresh and made to order [love, love, love the little ordering screen thingy] plus they used good quality meats on the sandwiches. And they aren’t any more expensive than anyone else.

    All that said – we still live in VA, but our county only has one Wawa and it is a drive. We wait for our trips south to hit ’em.

    That Gobbler looks so.dang.good. But I am not surprised they left out the sodium content. Can you imagine what it would be? lol

    I know what I am dreaming about tonight. YUM.

  8. kendra says:

    Quiktrip is the Wawa of the midwest 🙂

  9. William P. (@lackdude) says:

    Born and raised in BurlCo NJ without WaWa Life would be hard.

  10. Sandy says:

    WaWa sounds awesome. This sandwich not so much.

  11. Raiders757 says:

    My wife loves these bowls, and has been eating them for lunch every other day for the past week and a half. Myself? I enjoy Wawa’s sandwich and subs, and find them better than a certain national chain that I won’t mention here. They have a pot roast style beef sub covered in gravy that kicks ass considering it’s from a gas station convenience store. My standard is the roast beef hoagie though, and I have yet to try one of these bowls.

  12. Marie says:

    I haven’t tried The Gobbler sandwich, but did try the bowl with the hot turkey, gravy, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. I loved the turkey, gravy, and stuffing – but did not like the lumpy mashed potatoes. I am not sure if I just got a bad batch of potatoes or if this is the norm there…

    By the way – can someone tell me (if they can remember from last year) when they stop serving the hot turkey sandwiches/bowls? Do they stop the day after Thanksgiving?

  13. nick says:

    i had the gobbler shorti today. was stumped about the cheese (i chose provalone, should have chosen no cheese.). i got the cranberry sauce on the side. very, very good!

  14. Brad says:

    Wawa’s lemonade tea rides shotgun with me through so many different events I wouldn’t know where to start. Haven’t had too many of the subs, but I know way too many people that swear by them.

  15. crawford86575 says:

    The Soft Pretzel Braids by the checkout are da best!!!

  16. RoleModel says:

    Grrr….another thing Jersey has that NYC/LI does not. Grr.

  17. Conrad says:

    As a west coaster I was used to 7-11 and circle ks. When I stepped into a WaWa for the first time, I was floored by how good they were at all aspects. They have an amazing selection, great food, and a very smooth checkout process. If I was of a mind to open a franchise, I would actually consider WaWa.

  18. willytonka says:

    I used to love a similar version of the “thanksgiving sandwich” from TOGOs. Not sure if its available anymore, but it was my favorite item on the menu.

  19. Lindsay says:

    I wish we had a WaWa in Iowa. 🙁 We have Kum and Gos. 😉

  20. Zachary Jacob Zblewski says:

    Kwik Trip > QuikTrip > Wawa

    Just sayin’.

    • Raiders757 says:

      I’ll have to make a note of this, but we have neither of those in my area, so I guess I’m out of luck. I can add to your equation though.

      Add Wawa > Royal Farms to the end of it. Royal Farms is slowly creeping into my area, and they seem to be molded after the Wawa business model. Not sure who came first, but I do know that Roal Farms falls a little short of Wawa.