Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Not that anybody asked....

Any listicle, BuzzFeed piece, or similar "oh-so-deep" piece about Florida seems to invariably throw out one FL distinguishing factor that keeps coming up. It's usually something like "OMFG PUBLIX SUBS!!!1! Amirite? If Heaven doesn't have Publix subs, I don't think I wanna go."

Confession time. I think Publix subs are fine, but they don't seem to be anything special. They certainly seem to use fresh quality ingredients like Boar's Head meats (if you'll pay extra) and good bread. So it's probably better than Subway.

But it's a sandwich. Can you really not find any other places around you that use quality ingredients and make a sufficiently above-average quality sub?

Hell, for that matter, Publix sells everything they put on subs... but I don't hear anyone say "I bought some good meat and good bread and WOW I had a mouthspolsion from what I made!!!!!"

Which makes me think that some of the Publix tingly sensation is a Starbuckian collective communal decision to like something.


Mark A. Norman said...

There are probably better subs out there. BUT, there isn't a chain as ubiquitous and omnipresent that I can COUNT ON getting a top-tier sandwich at whenever I want. That's the thing.

Also, I've never actually HAD a sub better than the Chicken Tenders sub at Publix. So yeah, the exaggeration and whatever of the listicles is silly, but they are fantastic subs, far better than their competition, and it's not "that one place on 8th street" that's a hundred years away from wherever I am that moment.

Bradley said...

Have you ever been to the Sub place that is on Bird Road and (I think) 62nd? I just assume it's called Subs Etc. because that's what I think all those places are called.

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