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.
Grubbing on-the-go: 2.00/10
Price: 3.49 for a 6" sub
Overall GrubGrade: 8.25/10
More Info: Wawa.com
6" Wawa Gobbler
520 calories, 14 grams of fat, 66 grams of carbs, 12 gram of sugar, 32 grams of protein