I’ve never liked Wawa’s subs, never. In fact, I have no clue how people could want to celebrate, let alone debate, how they compare to say Sheetz. But it can’t all be bad, can it? Today I (regrettably) plunked down some cash on one of their hot options.
So let me start by saying, I am pretty much a Sheetz fan in most respects; mostly when it comes to the made-to-order food. I don’t think it has anything to do with the fact I had Sheetz long before Wawa invaded the area, in fact I’ve tried to give both an equal chance. When it comes to getting gas, smokes, soda, snacks, and other convenience store items; either one is fine in my book. When it comes to hot coffee I’ll go for Wawa; when it comes to cold coffee I used to go for Sheetz. Wawa did recently step up their game by offering a delicious double mocha iced coffee drink at a really reasonable price, compared to the previous offering of nothing (I went in to one looking for a Starbucks Frappuccino and was horribly disappointed by the fact they didn’t even carry it); but even then the Sheetz versions are canned and have a really good chocolate banana flavor; unlike Wawa’s which requires refrigeration, though it is worth it.
But when it comes to the food, eech. Wawa is a popular stop for lunch with my employer, and I struggle every time on ordering a sub I think I’ll like. I get a steak and cheese….the bun is soggy and the meat doesn’t have any flavor. The chicken cheesesteak is slighty better, but it still doesn’t have a lot of flavor. I even got a meatball sub and wasn’t too thrilled with it. Even the breakfast subs suffered from a problem of tasting more like textured protein than what I ordered. I mean..look..my standards aren’t exactly high; I’ll eat a 7-11 hot dog from time to time. But I enjoy food with flavor. But in a quest to find out if there’s something I liked, I decided to skip my usual options and try something else, I got one of their “paninis”.
I opted for a roast beef with some exotic sounding cheese, creamy horseradish, spinach, tomatoes, and onions. What I got was just the usual disappointment.
For starters, this only resembles a panini. Granted I didn’t watch them make it from start to finish because I was paying for my food; but I saw this thing come out of the usual quick ovens they use for toasting stuff. The other cue is that there were no indentations on the bread, which you’d get if you had put it in an actual sandwich press. It pretty much looked like the grill marks were only for effect.
The bottom piece of bread where the meat had been toasted was slightly soggy and falling apart; the top piece had turned in to a crouton. Seriously, that was one of the toughest/hardest pieces of bread I ever tried to bite through. It made it difficult to eat as well as kind of messy. I often found I pulled the contents of the sandwich out without getting the top piece of bread.
The spinach, tomatoes and onions were actually pretty good, they tasted like they were supposed to for once. The roast beef tasted like the budget deli stuff. Kind of thick, kind of tough, with an almost watered down roast beef flavor, there was a good bit of it on there too. The horseradish was horseradish; apparently, it wasn’t old enough to start losing potency.
For what this thing cost (it was about six bucks)…its an absolute disgrace. The meat wasn’t very good and it’s preperation is very lacking.