December 22, 2010
As long time readers know, I’m partial to Quiznos in general. I like the way they manage to offer a larger number of options while still guiding you towards favorable combinations. Also, we had a coupon, so I decided to review the Prime Rib and Peppercorn sub.
The Prime Rib and Peppercorn is one of their signature subs, so it has steak as opposed to cold cuts. It also included mozzarella, sautéed onions, and a (criminally) Mild Peppercorn sauce. With a name like that, I don’t expect my mouth seared off, but a peppercorn sauce should add some level of spice. This was barely noticeable. I was torn while ordering between this and their Prime Rib Mushroom and Swiss sandwich, until I realized they were pretty similar (prime rib, cheese, something sautéed). This wasn’t a bad sandwich, but it wasn’t a particularly memorable one either.
The Prime Rib and Peppercorn cost around $6, without any sides or drinks. I’ve mentioned in the past that I love Quiznos for their numerous, well-defined price points. If you want a $3 sandwich, you can get one. If you want a $5 sandwich, you can get one. The flip side of this, however, is that if you don’t want one of their value menu options (which are a bit more limited and rarely rotated), you can end up paying quite a bit for a sub, a bag of chips and a drink. New subs are put on sale for a little while, but then the price rockets up to standard menu rates.
Have I lost faith in Quiznos? Not really. I’d still recommend it for the value menu, and the occasional sale specials. But I wouldn’t particularly recommend the Prime Rib and Peppercorn. You can do better than that for the price elsewhere on the menu, not to mention at other restaurants.
December 16, 2010
Chili’s is a restaurant/bar franchise similar to Applebee’s, TGIFriday’s and the like. They’re best known for their Baby Back Ribs, but they also have a number of burgers, sandwiches, and tacos on their menu. I decided to try the Ground Peppercorn Burger, one of their “Big Mouth Burgers”.
The main feature of the Ground Peppercorn Burger is the patty, which is “crusted with ground black pepper and spices.” This gives the burger an interesting flavor. I’m not usually a big pepper/spicy guy, but the burger was flavorful in addition to having a kick. Too many sandwiches just incorporate hot sauce into the recipe without regard to overall flavor, a pitfall Chili’s has neatly avoided. The burger also included everyone’s favorite topping this year, crispy onion straws. I like them, but they don’t always add a whole lot to the overall feel of the burger, and I feel like they’ll be forgotten by this time next year for the next big fad. My only big complaint with this burger was the bleu cheese dressing, specifically the scant amount on the burger. It was intended as a counterpoint to the spiciness of the patty, but there wasn’t enough of it to achieve the right balance. In addition to the featured toppings, tomatoes, lettuce, and pickles were included, no complaints there.
The Ground Peppercorn Burger came with fries and cost around $7.00. It was a good meal at a decent price, so I’d recommend it. Next time I think I’ll try one of their more opulent burgers, like one of their Smokehouse options, but for fans of spicy but not too spicy burgers, Chili’s is the place to go.