I have been thinking a lot about fast food and how we consume it.
The number of venues for inhaling a quick burger, burrito, sandwich, or serving of French fries amazes me sometimes as I drive around my small town. How many of these places do we need?
Subway is the clear winner where I live for most spots to grab a sandwich and I have been thinking hard about why it outnumbers McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King COMBINED. Why do they keep sprouting up like weeds?
It is all in the customization. You can get exactly what you want or need from Subway versus the other venues. Yes, I know you can “have it your way” at Burger King but watching the sandwich made in front of you changes things.
Do I want whole wheat? Yes! Do you want me to core out the bread? Okay! Do I want cheese? No, thank you. Do I want extra mayo? Heck, no.
Do I want as many vegetables as you can fit on my sandwich? Yes, I do.
A 6-inch Veggie Delite is a mere 230 calories - 4 Points+ - which is very low for fast food.
If you stop by for breakfast, you can get an egg sandwich and add tomatoes, green pepper, spinach, onions, etc. to it. The Egg McMuffin doesn’t wear any vegetables at all. It seems almost naked in comparison.
Why, oh why Egg McMuffin do you not wear any vegetables?
The downsides of Subway are many. For example, you may show up with the intention of getting the “Veggie Delite” only to be swayed by a massive pulled pork sandwich with Fritos on it.
In addition, there are the ubiquitous LARGE sodas, cookies, and bags of chips.
When you go to McDonald’s, you can choose a salad but do you? The salads at McD’s comprise only 6% of sales. I think people get there and take one look at a Big Mac with fries and shelve their salad ordering intention.
Honestly, McDonald’s gives me a stomach-ache (not kidding) so I have been saved many times by Subway when I am on the road.
What do you like about Subway? Do you choose it over McDonald’s?
Photo Credit: Dwight Burdette