I never lumped Quiznos in with those other places because in college before Quiznos totally self-destructed it was the only place that was doing toasted subs. As a fellow Jersey local, your hot sub options at the local subway were meatball and cheesesteak. Quiznos was basically the college equivalent of a glutton meal, something so absurdly decadent and bad for you that you just gorged on it and paid the consequences. A subway or wawa sandwich was a meal, a quiznos sub was an experience. Their turkey, bacon, guacamole sandwich wasn’t food as much as an edible lament configuration. Enough melted cheese to pose a choking hazard, ranch dressing applied from a huge bottle with three nipples on it, soggy turkey meat simmering in brine for hours, a thick layer of gauc that covered every inch of bread, and bacon because fuck it. Every sub was like a french dip, so soaked in juice that it was barely capable of being eaten by hand, if you didn’t eat it in the restaurant you’d get home with sandwich soup.
Yes, these days if I want a sandwich I’ll go to Jersey Mike’s first, wawa second, or a rotating selection of local delis if I feel fancy, but none of them scratch the quiznos itch. Then again, at 36, it’s probably for the best anyway. Quiznos is to subs as Taco Bell is to tex mex food. If I want a Taco Bell taco, no actual honest to god taco is going to satisfy that craving regardless of how good it is because it’s just not the same thing.
Good call on Jimmy Johns though, there was a six month period where they were everywhere and they all got Thanos snapped at the exact same time. They were alright, the only nice part of them was the delivery and I didn’t live close enough.