This next review is an interesting one.  Subway offers a sandwich called the Seafood Sensation, consisting of a blend of crab meat and Alaskan Pollack.  Researching the sandwich, however, was no mean feat.  The Seafood Sensation is not listed anywhere on Subway’s official website.  As far as I know, all other sandwiches are on there, including “sub of the week” types.  I was finally able to scrape together some information (including the ingredients) from a couple of international and franchise Subway sites.  On a number of these, the Seafood Sensation is referred to as a “regional or limited offer product.”  Since I don’t frequent Subway all too often, I have no idea if this is a limited time offer, if the location I visited is unique in offering it, or what.

I WANT TO BELIEVE

I hope the Seafood Sensation isn’t a limited time offer, because it’s one of the best subs I’ve ever had from Subway.  I think a lot of why it worked was in what I included.  The promotional picture shows all kinds of veggies.  I would caution against this.  When I was ordering the sandwich, I wanted the seafood blend to speak for itself.  I included lettuce and mayo, but I didn’t add tomatoes, peppers or anything else, and I stand by that decision.  I would also advise against ordering cheese on it, since cheese generally has an even stronger flavor than most veggies.  The sandwich was delicious.  The seafood blend was flavorful, and included a lot of genuine crab meat.  The other ingredients added to the overall taste but didn’t overpower the meat.  The sub was a foot-long, and cost under $5.00.  I don’t know if this is the usual price, or even if this sub is generally available, but if it is in your area, I would highly recommend picking one up.

EDIT:  I’ve gotten conflicting reports/anecdotes on whether or not the seafood blend in the sub contains real crab or not.  My advice is that if you’re allergic to shellfish, don’t risk this sandwich.  Sandwichtalk assumes no responsiblity for allergic reactions caused by the Subway Seafood Sensation.

Wendy’s is an international fast food franchise, serving usual fast food fare, as well as other unique menu items like chili and their Frosty desserts.  Wendy’s prides itself on using fresh, high-quality ingredients in all of its meals; as such, Wendy’s generally runs a bit more expensive than other fast food chains.  Wendy’s also offers a sandwich called the Baconator, which is exactly as awesome as it sounds.  Today, however, we’ll be discussing Wendy’s new premium sandwich, the Bacon and Blue.

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The Bacon and Blue comes on the tail end of last year’s bacon fad, in which lots of new sandwiches were centered around or featured bacon.  In addition, they also  name drop Applewood Bacon, a specific brand often featured in these sandwiches.  The Bacon and Blue balances a couple interesting flavors.  In addition to the bacon, it features Bleu cheese crumbles.  They add bite without being overpowering the way a bleu cheese dressing or spread might be.  The trade-off is that they have a tendency to fall off the burger, making it a bit unwieldy.  The Bacon and Blue also includes sautéed onions, which are always a welcome addition for me.  There is a spread which I think is more than just mayo, but I’ve had a hard time confirming, as well as the usual lettuce and tomato.  Overall, all of the ingredients come together really well for an interesting, full flavor.

The Bacon and Blue is a Premium burger, and as such is $4.29 for a meal.  I think this is a bit expensive, but at the same time the burger is an interesting combination not available elsewhere, and only at Wendy’s for a limited time.  I would definitely recommend giving this sandwich a try at least once.

Pop’s Italian Beef and Sausage is a Chicago-based chain specializing in Italian beef sandwiches, as well as a number of other offerings.  An Italian beef sandwich is similar to a Philly Cheesesteak, but the two differ in a number of key ways.  Italian beef sandwiches consist of roast beef piled onto a sub roll.  The sandwich is served dripping with the juices from the meat.  Obviously there are a number of variation on the recipe, but the sandwich also generally includes peppers, either sweet or hot.  The Italian beef sandwich hasn’t been monetized the way the Philly Cheesesteak has, so restaurants serving it outside of the greater Chicago area are rare.  However, Pop’s recently opened a new location in Kalamazoo, Michigan, so I figured it was time for me to give the Italian beef a shot.

A pretty epic meal, overall.

I ordered a regular Italian beef sandwich, as well as a side of mozzarella sticks and a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup milkshake.  I had sweet peppers and mozzarella cheese on my sandwich, although hot peppers were also an option.  The sandwich was enormous.  It had an entire sweet pepper on it, as well as a huge portion of beef.  It had a rather simple taste, owing a lot to the few ingredients.  The beef was expertly prepared and heaped on.  The mozzarella and peppers were good, although next time I might order the hot peppers for a little more contrast.  The sandwich was somewhat wet with the juices, but not to an obnoxious extent.  All in all, it was an impressive sandwich which lived up to the reputation of the Italian Beef sandwich.

In addition to Italian beef, Pop’s serves myriad other sandwiches, including hamburgers, hot dogs, gyros, and more.  They also have a ton of sides, such as fries, chicken rings, mozzarella sticks, and the like.  The sandwich I had was $4.15, a little bit pricier than I’d expected, but still worth the trip.  I would definitely recommend Pop’s Italian Beef and Sausage for their delicious and unique (around here) sandwiches.