This week, I reached out for a new Turkey, Bacon & Guacamole Wrap, one of three new Signature Wraps at the biggest, mostest, everythingest fast food chain, Subway, with 26,000 restaurants in the U.S. — and 20,000 more spreading mayo and mustard around the world.
Subway has introduced wraps many times before, but they’ve always played second fiddle to their dizzying array of traditional 6-inch and footlong subs on fresh-baked bread. All that bread filled you up. Subway subs have never been faves among — as Pizza Hut calls them — meat lovers: “Three triangles of ham is all I get?”
These new Signature Wraps are something new, improved, different, and better. And Subway’s first significant addition to the menu “rotisserie-style chicken” arrived in 2016.
Signature Wraps have twice as much meat as a regular Subway 6-inch sub. Of course, more meat and less bread will cost you a little more bread — about a buck more.
Here’s the Turkey, Bacon & Guacamole Wrap breakdown: sliced turkey breast, crispy bacon, provolone cheese, lettuce and tomatoes, topped with guac and creamy ranch dressing, served in a debuting tomato-basil wrap.
Total calories: 810. Fat grams: 42. Sodium: 2,970 mg. Carbs: 62g. Protein: 43 g. Dietary fiber: 6 g. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price: in the neighborhood of $6.99 (depending on the neighborhood).
Wow, nearly 3,000 mg of sodium? With apologies to Mr. Cosmo Kramer, these wraps are making me thirsty.
If you don’t think punctuation is important on a menu, thank goodness for the comma in Turkey, Bacon & Guacamole. It’s packed with turkey and bacon. Drop the comma, and you’ve got turkey bacon. Ugh, no thanks.
I once heard a turkey swear that it had nothing to do with turkey bacon.
The other two Signature Wraps are:
Chipotle Southwest Steak & Cheese, with sliced steak, shredded Monterey cheddar, lettuce, tomatoes and green peppers, topped with jalapenos, guac and spicy Chipotle Southwest sauce, tucked inside a tomato basil wrap.
Savory Rotisserie-Style Chicken Caesar, with hand-pulled rotisserie-style chicken, shredded Monterey cheddar, lettuce, and tomatoes, topped with Parmesan cheese and Caesar dressing, folded into a spinach wrap.
I’m a little shaky about this one: What does rotisserie-“style” mean? I can visit my local Costco or Sam’s and see 10,000 chickens spinning in a rotisserie. It’s not exactly a secret or difficult cooking process. Subway’s strength has never been steak, either. I’m not certain when or where that steak was cooked, and not crazy about it sitting in those little paper trays for...I don’t want to think about it. Is that the right color even?
Stick with the Turkey, Bacon & Guacamole Wrap. Turkey holds tight, and can take the travel. It’s the best of the bunch, by far.
As always you can pick and choose your veggie toppings and sauces at Subway. If you’re adventurous, or just hungry, tell ’em to “run it through the garden.”
Ken Hoffman reviews a new fast food restaurant item every Wednesday. Have a suggestion or a drive-thru favorite? Let Ken know in the comments, or on Twitter.