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Quiznos: Good Food, Good Service, Good Idea

  • Mar 22, 2008
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Rating:
+3
Pros: Variety of sandwiches, fresh ingredients, great service

Cons: Sometimes they don't pile it up enough

The Bottom Line: Always a hit with my stomach, Quizno's has a great food and great service, but sometimes I just don't want to spend the money.

Sub sandwiches are something I always enjoy eating, whether its something small and simple or large and packed with goodies. There is a selection of restaurants in my area that offer different kinds of submarine sandwiches (Subway, Bellacino's, Jimmy John's, etc.) but one of my favorites is Quizno's. No matter what kind of deli-fresh or toasted sandwich or goody-filled salad I want, I can always make myself a tasty, small or large meal when I go there.

Just this evening, my fiance and I had plans to get with my mother to work on the guest list for our wedding. He and I wanted to pick up something filling that would be good to-go and that my mother would enjoy; something we could eat while doing our planning. Though I used to go several times a week for lunch, I hadn't been to Quizno's in awhile, and neither had Nate, so we decided to give it a go. I asked my mother what she wanted, and she said she'd only been there once and wanted us to pick something "beefy" out. Nate and I picked out three large sandwiches that the three of us could cut up and share, and I spent $30 on it.

Quizno's is a sub shop that claims to offer fresh ingredients and lots of toppings toasted on a bun. They also offer gourmet salads, sometimes with toasted (and lightly seasoned) flatbread in them, a variety of soups, individually bagged chips, and cookies. The website says they want to make sure to make your day great, as well. Lucky for hungry consumers, Quizno's lives up to their claims!

Service

While we were there, the employees called me by name and asked how my work at the library was going. I used to get my lunch from Quizno's a few times a week, and there are three employees there that knew what I wanted (the Anti Pasto Salad) and after making sure I hadn't picked something else for the day, made it exactly the way I liked it every time. I would go to the register and the woman waiting there for me always had two sides of dressing and a large drink cup sitting out for me. What a treat to get such friendly service all the time! Tonight, while Nate and I were ordering out sandwiches a guy came in behind us and said hello to the man making our sandwiches, who called the guy by name as he returned the greeting. It's obvious to me that every Quizno's customer is the most important customer in a genuine way.

I've also never had my order made wrong or had an incorrect money transaction. When I ask for something specific with my order the employees are always happy to do it, and they make my food exactly the way I request, just the way I like it. As I mentioned before, they also remember me as a customer, and remember the different ways I prefer my salads and sandwiches. I've paid at the register with a debit card, a credit card, and cash (both exact change and larger bills that had to be broken) and have never had any mistakes made during the transaction. I'll also mention that its clear to me that Quizno's is serious about their customer's opinions: they currently are having a promotion where sharing your opinion about your service on the website enters your name to win a selection of great prizes (money, an iPod... both sound good to me!). Also, if you don't get a receipt with your purchase, you receive a discount or a menu item free (-un-fortunately they've never forgotten to give me my receipt!).

Menu

Quizno's has a variety of menu items. They are most famous for their toasted subs, of course. My personal favorite sub is the Turkey Bacon Guacomole (turkey, bacon, guacamole, lettuce, mozzarella cheese, tomato, red onion, ranch dressing); it has a good mix of meat (turkey and bacon always go well together!) and the mozzarella cheese and guacamole give it a nice juicey flavor. I also have been known to get the Classic Italian (pepperoni, salami, capicola, ham, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, red onion, black olives, red wine vinaigrette dressing) because I love Italian meats, and the vinaigrette they use has a nice kick to it. Tonight my fiance got the new, featured sandwich, the Prime Rib Ranchero (beef, melted pepperjack cheese, roasted peppers, and Chipotle sauce) which he enjoyed very much, and I tasted it and it was very delicious and spicy. The sandwiches come in three sizes: small (about 4-5 inches), regular (about 8-9 inches) and large (about 12 inches) to fit anyone's appetite. Other sandwiches they offer include:

-Steakhouse Beef Dip (one of Nate's favorites) roast beef, swiss cheese, French onion sauce, pan roasted Au Jus
-Tuscan Turkey on Rosemary Parmesan roasted turkey, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, red pepper sauce
-Tuna Melt tuna salad, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo

Quizno's added something new to their menu awhile called called Sammies; a warmed flatbread filled with fresh fixings. I really like the new Balsamic Chicken (chicken, Balsamic vinaigrette dressing, romaine lettuce, tomatoes) and its fairly healthy, which is good. The Sammies are a bit smaller, and two make a perfect sized lunch for me. Other Sammies the offer include:

-Italiano Genoa salami, pepperoni, capicola, mozzarella cheese and basil pesto
-Champ turkey, cheddar cheese, chipotle mayo, topped with a lettuce and tomato garnish

One of my all-time favorite things to get for lunch (the Plainfield, Indiana Quizno's employees call it my 'usual') is no longer on the menu, but most stores will still make it; it's called the Anti Pasto Salad. It has Romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, Italian meats, black olives, tomatoes, onions, and is served with raspberry viniagrette dressing and toasted, seasoned flatbread. Other tasty salads (I've tried some, but not all) they offer include:

-Black & Bleu (Black Angus steak, bleu cheese crumbles, tomatoes, red onion, Balsamic vinaigrette dressing)
-Classic Cobb (chicken breast, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, bleu cheese crumbles, tomatoes, red onion, ranch dressing)
-Raspberry Chipotle Chicken (chicken breast, bacon, cheddar, tomatoes, red onion, raspberry chipotle dressing)

Like many other sandwich and sub shops, Quizno's also offers soups served in a normal paper/plastic bowl or you can opt for the bread bowl soups! The Chili Breadbowl and Country French Breadbowl are both heart soups served in a bowl made of thick, delicious bread and topped with melted cheddar cheese. These soups are a meal in themselves! Other soups they offer:

-Brocolli Cheese (one of my favorites)
-Chili
-Chicken Noodle
-Green Chili Bisque and Mushroom Bisque (available at some locations)

Quizno's also has kids meals (called Quiz Kidz Meal) for the younger, smaller appetites. These meals are healthier (in general), kid-friendly meals of sandwiches, Sammies, soups, or salads. The kids meals come with a small kid-size fountain drink, a toy, and a cookie or chips.

In all the locations I've been too there are kiosks that hold a large variety of chips and huge, delicious cookies (that can be warmed upon request... yum!). Quizno's also offers a selection of bottles waters, teas, and Sobe drinks for those who want to spend a little more money. There is also a small stand that holds extras for your meals. My fiance loves the spicy barbecue sauce they have, and I love the pump container or raspberry viniagrette dressing. I always make sure to fill the little (approximately 2-3 oz) cups with extra dressings, sauces, and banana peppers for myself, though they also have pickles, jalapenos, pepperoncini peppers, and honey mustard and ranch dressings. I'm a condiment gal, so this freedom to pack my sandwich or salad with even more goodies is a great thing for me!

Quizno's offers catering for parties and events of all sizes, though I'm not a good judge of this feature, as I've never used them for catering. Similar to the catering, I've seen advertisements and posters for Quizno's box lunches; they include a small sub or salad and chips and a cookie. What a convenience!

The Store

The Quizno's nearest me is about five minutes away. It is located in Plainfield, In right next to interstate 70 and highway 267; a very convenient place for travelers and residents alike to stop for a bite to eat. As soon as I walk into this location I am always promptly greeted. The restaurant is fairly small (about 7 or 8 tables, 2-4 chairs per table) but is always kept immaculately clean and orderly. I've had to use the restroom there a number of times, and while it's a 'onesie' (which can be annoying during peak hours) it's always keept very clean and stink-free. When there is a spill or something is put in the wrong place I always see employees take care of it promptly. During less busy hours employees are always out wiping the tables, sweeping the floor, and stocking items in the kiosks. The decor is inviting and entertaining; there are lots of signs telling you why Quizno's is the best place to get a sandwich.

I've visited the Plainfield and Indianapolis (and a few other) Quizno's locations and they are always clean and orderly. The service is always incredibly friendly, and I feel like I'm their favorite customer, as I'm sure most of their other customers feel as well. The food always tastes great, and the sandwiches and salads have just the right variety of toppings to make each sandwich unique, though you can personalize it yourself if you just ask. Sometimes I wish they would use a little more meat and other toppings, but I guess that's just me wanting more more more. Also, Quizno's is a tad on the expensive side for a "fast food" type of restaurant, but for the quality and the friendliness I'm almost always content paying the extra few bucks.

With such a variety of fresh ingredients and high quality food made right in front of me, I can never go wrong with or get tired of Quizno's. My stomach and Quizno's are just great friends!

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QUIZNO'S serves signature oven-baked Classic Subs -- which are distinctive among other commodity subs on the market because they are made from high quality meats, cheeses and other ingredients. The QUIZNO'S upscale concept fits in a niche in the restaurant industry between fast food and fine dining
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