Takeaway Truth: Subway’s Steak & Bacon With Cheese

Takeaway Truth is a new occasional Lifehacker feature where we compare marketing images against what you actually get served. Today: Subway’s Steak & Bacon With Cheese sub.

Fast food restaurants have been known to gild the lily when it comes to accurate depictions of their menu items. Far too often, the mouth-watering feast on the poster turns out to be a limp and oily morsel. In a bid to keep the fry-jockey overlords honest, we’ve decided to document the reality of fast food — it was either that, or go postal like Michael Douglas in Falling Down.

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We already gave Subway a bashing this week for its decidedly mediocre Chicken Lemon & Herb sub. We initially felt a bit bad about featuring the same franchise twice in one week, but then we saw the self-aggrandising description of the Steak & Bacon With Cheese:

“With tender, slow cooked steak, premium shortcut bacon and natural Swiss cheese, it’ll warm the darkest winter work day. This hearty sub is a big feed and it’s absolutely beautiful, try one today!”

We’ve seen many Subway subs before, and the words “absolutely beautiful” have never come to mind. To make the comparison as fair as possible, I asked my local Subway “sandwich artist” to use the same salad ingredients and sauce as shown on the poster.

Here is the Steak & Bacon With Cheese Sub as it appears on Subway’s website:

And here’s what we got served:

Blimey. This one is even worse than the Chicken Lemon & Herb sub which is really saying something. The two images are barely alike despite my specific instructions to make it look like the poster. While some of the product’s deficiencies can be blamed on the sandwich artist there are clearly deceptions in the poster — the cucumber is a completely different size and thickness, for example. The saving grace is the steak, which was a similar colour and appropriately chunky. Nonetheless, this is still one ugly looking sub.

    Truth Rating: 4/10

Which fast food franchise or menu item would you like us to tackle next? Let us know in the comments section below.

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