So here’s my final installment in the $5 lunch wars.
For the last battle I thought I would put the tuna sandwiches head to head.
I started with Quiznos Big Kahuna Tuna Torpedo for just $4. I had a coupon for a torpedo meal for $5 so I scored with a bag of chips and soda for just a buck more.
The Big Kahuna Tuna has tuna salad, cheddar cheese, sliced banana peppers, lettuce and chopped tomatoes in a foot-long warm and toasty ciabatta bread.
The tuna salad alone was tasty. I don’t know if there was something other than mayonnaise in there but there was some type of seasoning that really brought out the tuna.
The peppers were a perfect addition as well. I sometimes add pepperoncini’s or jalapenos to make things spicy but didn’t want to ruin the sandwich really so I left them out.
At Subway, I had to get a six-inch tuna sandwich, on wheat bread, because the foot-long was more than my $5 budget.
I thought I would take a cue from Quiznos and keep it simple by just adding a few items on top of the tuna.
What I do like about Subway lately is the toppings menu has expanded. I can now get sliced cucumbers and spinach instead of plain iceburg lettuce. And I can add red wine vinaigrette instead of only having mustard and mayonnaise to choose from.
I must say I was impressed with the taste. I think mostly because of my combination of ingredients but I must also admit, the couple Subway’s I’ve been to since this little project of mine started have been cleaner and fresher than I last remembered, and the reason I stopped going to Subway.
So I think in total, Quizno’s tasty torpedoes and bullets have won the battle for my taste buds and my wallet but Subway was not as far behind as I expected.
But I’m pretty sure the lunch wars are not over yet.
Check out Staff Writer Eric Terraza’s own take on Quizno’s in Thursday’s Highlander edition at www.sgvtribune.com/highlanders.
WHO WON THE BATTLE FOR YOUR TASTE BUDS AND WALLET?