Sandwiches in Review: Subway’s Big Hot Pastrami
January 11, 2011
Sandwich heavyweight Subway has recently launched their newest special, a pastrami sub. For those of you who, like me, had no idea what exactly pastrami is, here’s a crash course. Pastrami is a deli meat generally, but not always, made from beef. It’s brined, seasoned, smoked and steamed, and ends up looking a bit like bacon and tasting a bit like corned beef (both good things). It’s often served on rye, sometimes with coleslaw in a variant of a Reuben. However, since Subway didn’t outfit their restaurants with coleslaw, Russian dressing, and rye bread, I decided to fill my Big Hot Pastrami out West Coast-style, with pickles and mustard.
I loved this sandwich. They heaped on the pastrami, which had a nice, distinct flavor and seemed to be pretty high-quality (although since this is my first pastrami experience, I have no idea if it tasted how it’s supposed to). The pickles and mustard added some kick and offset the peppery taste of the meat nicely, and the provolone cheese I selected was subtle enough to let the rest of the sub work. I wouldn’t recommend a stronger cheese like cheddar on this, keep it light.
The Big Hot Pastrami was a delicious sub and a nice change of pace from the usual “chicken breast with a new dressing” specials Subway usually puts out. As a specialty sub, it’s going to cost a bit more, with a 6″ setting me back $5. I’d still wholeheartedly recommend this sub, pick it up while you can.
EDIT: This post has gotten a number of comments, which of course I’m thrilled about. I do want to make sure everyone reading understands that this is an independent review. I am not affiliated with Subway. This is not an online survey, nor do I have any information on an online survey for patrons who have enjoyed the Big Hot Pastrami. I hope that clears up any confusion.