If you’ve made time for less anxiety-inducing news during this election cycle, you may have read about a court in Ireland decreeing Subway’s bread has too much sugar to be “bread.” It is legally a “discretionary indulgence.” Which means their sandwiches are delicious. Maybe not breakfast-sandwich-on-a-donut delicious. Or even bacon-sandwich-with-fried-chicken-as-bread delicious. But in terms of fast, cheap food, Subway doesn’t make you hate yourself. We’re looking at you, Taco Bell–why do you taste so good but feel so bad?
That said, it is possible to go into a Subway and walk out with a sub-par sandwich. If that’s the case, you only have yourself to blame. We’re here to help. Here are the ten best Subway sandwiches, ranked.
1. Turkey Breast
The Turkey Breast Sandwich may be an unorthodox choice for number one, but hear us out. We know it’s not as flashy, hot, or melty as some of Subway’s other offerings, but it’s the perfect balance of what you want from a Subway sandwich. It’s healthy(ish), easy to eat on the go, and reliably good no matter where you order it. Turkey is a classic lunchtime protein. With chips and a drink, the Turkey Club epitomizes “love the one you’re with.”
2. Chicken & Bacon Ranch Melt
Now we’re into the forget-healthy-just-delicious options. It’s still better than a Double Down, at least. The Chicken & Bacon Ranch Melt is the best hot-sandwich option from Subway. You can eat it on the go, and it combines all the best things about food–gooey cheese, crunchy bacon, and roasted chicken.
3. Spicy Italian
If you’re looking for best cold cut sandwich at Subway, assemble a Spicy Italian meal with onion, pickles, and cucumbers. On the other hand, you’re sacrificing health for taste when you order this sandwich. It belongs on the “once in a while” list with the Chicken & Bacon Ranch Melt. We recommend it when you need a mid-week pick-me-up.
4. Sweet Onion Teriyaki
Of the hot chicken sandwiches at Subway, the Sweet Onion Teriyaki tops the other three, but they all hit the same. The Barbecue Chicken and Buffalo Chicken are the same basic formula with different sauces, and yeah, they’re fine. But that Sweet Onion Teriyaki! It’s sweet, it’s tangy, and it’s reasonably healthy. If you’re looking for a hot sandwich, big on a flavor that won’t make you hate yourself, order one of these next time you’re running late during lunch.
5. Meatball Marinara
When you want easy comfort food, a classic sandwich to order at Subway is the Meatball Marinara. First, it’s more affordable than other comfort-fast-food options. It’s tasty, fills you up, and is a close enough approximation of home-cooked goodness that you can call it self-care without feeling too ridiculous. But this is not a lunch on-the-go option. It’s a knife-and-fork, open-faced sandwich.
6. Steak and Cheese
They go out of their way not to call this a Philly Cheesesteak. It basically is one, just not quite as good. But it’s a little healthier! So, in balance, a solid pick for a favorite subway sandwich. They let you pick your cheese when you order it, which is High Stakes if you’re not a Philly aficionado. Some insist whiz is the only correct cheese option (not a choice at Subway), but pick American or provolone, and you’ll be doing the city of Brotherly Love justice.
7. Veggie Delight
The Veggie Delight isn’t one of Subway’s top ten unless you don’t eat meat. Its rank rises even more if you’re vegan (because there’s only one sandwich on your list) (this one). Besides the Impossible Burger, there’s just not much fast food for vegans. Even a few of Subway’s sauces are vegan, like Sweet Onion and Buffalo. So sauce up that sandwich.
Some swear by the nostalgia of Subway’s tuna sandwich. It’s generally considered rude to bring fish for lunch in an office, but in this new work-from-home world, you can indulge every tuna sandwich craving. Subway isn’t shy about packing on the tuna either, so if you can stomach 12-inches of tuna salad (no judgment), it’s one of the more filling options on the menu.
9. Black Forest Ham
It’s a ham sandwich. If you’re searching for the best Subway sandwich, there are plenty of vegetables and sauces that can be added to your meal to compliment the ham. When you have a hankering for a ham sandwich, it’s great. It’s the perfect template for letting your weird and wild food combinations go crazy. Just don’t order it if you’re not looking to spend some quality time at the counter.
10. Cold Cut Combo
Sometimes you just want the basics, and the Cold Cut Combo does just that. It’s turkey-based bologna, ham, and salami, which is kind of like combining all three of the Subway cold sandwiches into one. Again, it’s a blank canvas to sample the assortment of Subway’s sauces and spices, and dense enough that even the six-inch will leave you satisfied.