- I tried a roast turkey sandwich from four popular grocery chains.
- I tried them from Trader Joe’s, Wegmans, Harris Teeter, and Whole Foods.
- Sandwiches varied in prices from $US4.99 to $US8.80
- Wegmans overall had the best taste and value, in my opinion.
Whether you prefer turkey on wheat, roast beef on white, or the classic peanut butter and jelly, sandwiches are a mainstay in the American diet.According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 47% of adults in the United States eat one or more sandwiches a day.
While there are plenty of sandwich spots across the nation who cater to your hoagie needs, your favourite sub can also be found in your neighbourhood supermarket. We tested four popular grocery store deli sandwiches to see which one is worthy of your hard-earned money.
The four grocery stores we selected satisfy budgets high and low. They are:
Here’s how each shop did.
To maintain consistency, we ordered the same sandwich from each deli.
We selected roast turkey, on untoasted white bread, topped with mustard, tomatoes, lettuce, and cucumbers.
Whole Foods was the most expensive, but the “freshly baked” bread was dry.
At $US8.80 for an 8-inch roll, we expected the bread to be soft and chewable. Even though the turkey was ridiculously tasty and sliced on the spot, the star of any sub failed to meet expectations.
Thankfully, the portions are substantial and everything is thinly sliced so you taste each topping with every chew. The cucumbers were refreshingly crisp, so each bite felt even better than the previous one.
Harris Teeter’s was the cheapest, and you certainly get what you paid for.
Sandwich enthusiasts are familiar with Boar’s Head, and their roast turkey is one of the best cold cuts at the market. Thankfully, you can order your hero with sliced Boar’s Head meats at the coastal chain store. The bread was slightly tastier than Whole Foods, but the accompanying toppings left nothing to the imagination.
For half the price of a Whole Foods sub, $US4.25, it’s satisfactory and a considerable serving.
At $US4.99, Trader Joe’s pre-packaged sandwich is surprisingly delightful.
For those on the run, or without a market delicatessen in their neighbourhood, the California-based food shop has a delicious alternative for your palette. Despite being pre-packaged, the bread was better than the aforementioned stores.
Unfortunately, the bread-to-toppings ratio was uneven, with only a couple slices of turkey in between the generous slices of bread. There wasn’t much mustard inside, but it wasn’t a deal breaker.
For only $US6.66, The Wegmans medium sub was the most filling, and also the most delicious.
Since its 1916 inception, Wegmans has earned a cult following for not only their larger than life supermarket but also their commitment to providing fresh and accessible products to their consumers.
Their bread is baked in-house, and it was by far the most delicious out of the four shops. The turkey is tender, and the portions are healthy. They neatly wrapped the sandwich before handing it off, so all the contents remain perfectly in place when you go to unwrap it later.
The verdict: Wegmans is the clear winner.
For $US6, you cannot go wrong with a Wegmans sub sandwich. For a hoagie with simple ingredients, Wegmans nails it from bread to spread to toppings. You can only shop at Wegmans stores on the east coast, but if you find yourself in one, absolutely visit their sub shop.
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