Subway is a fast food resturant which exclusively sells submarine sandwiches (known to most people as subs) and salads. Currently one of the fastest growing franchises in the world, more than half of the stores are located in the United States – but is significantly expanding in overseas and international markets too.
Subway’s core product is the “sub”, although has in recent years begun selling wraps, salads, panini and other baked goods (such as cookies, doughnuts and muffins). Subway is often considered to be one of the healthiest fast food options available, although this depends significantly on the type of food you chose to purchase.
By opting to go for a salad, for example, alongside some grilled chicken and numerous vegetables it is actually possible to create a “fast food” experience which is high in protein, low in fat, and the perfect amount of carbohydrates. However, this does not mean that Subway is “healthy food” and the most popular subway sandwich (the BMT) consists instead of pepperoni, salami, and ham. This being said, due to the menu customization aspect of Subway, this does give customers significantly more control over the nutritional value of their meals and is therefore often chosen as one of the healthiest “fast food” options available – significantly better than wolfing down most burger and fries combos.
The Subway Menu is predominantly focused on previously mentioned Subway sandwiches, but also includes a variety of options including a diverse breakfast menu. Including breakfast sandwiches (such as bacon and egg, sausage and egg, and a Subway “breakfast sub” featuring an array of breakfast foods), English muffins, and coffee.
All of the items in the Subway Menu are made in front of the customer by a Subway employee (officially employed as a “sandwich artisan”) and there is a significant focus on the quality of the service provided by the employees in order to create a very “personalized” experience for the customer. Every single sandwich is fully customizable by a large array of salad options (including lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, pickles, carrots, sweetcorn, etc) and finished off by a wide selection of sauces (south west, BBQ, sweet onion and of course classics like ketchup and mayonnaise).
Every sandwich is also available with cheese (regular or spicy) and all subs can be optionally toasted in the patented Subway speed toasting oven.
There are some regional variations in the Subway menu – but predominantly form still around the classic options of “sub sandwiches”. In Cleveland, Ohio, the first kosher Subway was opened in 2006 followed by a slew of other kosher openings briefly made Subway one of the largest US kosher restaurant chains. However, due to associated high costs a number of these outlets were shuttered with only five remaining in operation. In international markets, Subway has opened a large number of outlets in India – opting for a far more vegetarian focused menu and avoiding the serving of both beef and pork products due to the avoidance required in the Hindu and Muslim faiths.
Recently, especially in the United Kingdom, Subway has placed a great deal of effort on improving the health quality of it’s sandwich offerings – specifically focusing on salt reduction, with a 35% reduction in salt in their breads and menu items being a key focus of recent menu changes.