REVIEW: Quiznos Prime Rib on Garlic Bread Sandwich

Quiznos Prime Rib on Garlic Bread

There are few things more appealing to a man than the prospect of a well-made sandwich.  An extra hour of sleep.  A come hither look from his wife or girlfriend, or casual female friend, or that woman who winked at him in a bar on June 18, 2003, who may or may not have had something in her eye.  A YouTube video of monkeys smoking and throwing poop.  Ladies, take a lesson. If you want your man to do something, be it overthrowing your brother or finally taking down those Christmas lights (plus light-up dreidel and menorah), be waiting in his bed with smoky eyes, a video of monkeys fighting, and a grilled cheese and bacon sandwich.  It worked for Cleopatra and it will work for you.

So needless to say, I was looking forward to Quiznos’ Prime Rib on Garlic Bread sandwich.  I don’t frequent Quiznos often because there’s only one nearby and they’re a bit on the pricier side, but I’ve always enjoyed their food when I’ve eaten there, and how can you go wrong with prime rib and garlic bread? Admittedly I was expecting it to be made with actual garlic bread, which I still maintain would be awesome.  Instead it’s regular bread with garlic aioli sauce liberally (depending on your server) spread across it.  This has the effect of giving the sandwich a garlic smell, and the flavor of the sauce is definitely in the garlic family, but not as bold or in-your-face as pure garlic.  More refined, if that makes any sense, a smoother garlic taste, like if you’re used to drinking IPAs and someone slides you a wheat beer.

Apologies to any non-alcoholics who don’t get that reference.

Note that it also comes with lettuce and tomato. They’re not pictured because Drew does not do healthy things.  Hilariously, as soon as I pulled out my camera to take the photographs, the woman who prepared the sandwich came over like eight times to make sure it tasted good and wasn€™t too burnt.  My fault, I guess, for not wearing a sign saying “I AM NOT A QUIZNOS CORPORATE SPY SENT TO EVALUATE YOUR SANDWICH-MAKING SKILLS, I AM A LOWLY FOOD BLOGGER WHO WILL NOT BE DISCLOSING YOUR SPECIFIC LOCATION.”  I still have a lot to learn, I€™m afraid.

Quiznos Prime Rib on Garlic Bread Innards

The amount of prime rib in the sandwich is what I would describe as perfectly adequate.  (Unlike the sodium, which is impressively obscene.)  At no point did I find myself biting down on nothing but
bread, like a teenager finding out his date’s bra is filled with Kleenex; but neither was I ever pleasantly surprised by the sheer quantity, like realizing she’s been wearing a sports bra all evening. You might be able to finagle a little extra meat if you’re more attractive than I am, or if you throw in a little hip shake or some free tickets to the gun show.  Still, what was there was flavorful, and they didn’t skimp on the cheese.  

The bread was, of course, toasted and made for a nice contrast with the creamy garlic sauce.  The edges got a little blackened, as you can see; I don’t mind a little char myself, but be on the lookout if you’re not okay with that.  I’ll offer that the sauce could maybe have been spread out a bit better — in some bites it overpowered the prime rib flavor, in others I could barely taste it — but again, that’s more attributable to your individual sandwich preparer.  (No, I will not call them “artists” until they use my tax dollars to create something that A) doesn’t look like anything, and B) is colossally ugly.  Veggie subs don’t count.)

Overall, the garlic sauce manages to complement the meat and cheese nicely to create a good sandwich. I’d like to give it a higher score, but that price is just ludicrous for the size of what you’re getting. I know Quiznos brands itself as the “high end” fast food sub joint, but while the sandwich WAS tasty and I’m presuming the meat was taken from only the most pampered, humanely euthanized cows, there is absolutely no way you should be paying $5.49 plus tax for a 6-inch sandwich.  (It’s also available in medium and large sizes, which undoubtedly come with paperwork for the mortgages necessary to buy them.) I reserve the right to change that score if I spontaneously start dropping gold nuggets in my boxers tomorrow, but until then, this is a yummy sandwich that I would suggest you let someone else buy for you.

(Nutrition Facts — 1 small sandwich — 560 calories, 245 calories from fat, 27.5 grams of fat, 12 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of artificial trans fat, 0.5 grams of natural trans fat, 85 milligrams of
cholesterol, 1820 milligrams of sodium, 43 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 5 grams of sugar, and 32 grams of protein.)

Item: Quiznos Prime Rib on Garlic Bread Sandwich
Price: $5.49
Size: Small sandwich
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Tasty garlic aioli sauce suitable replacement for garlic bread.  Made quickly.  Pleasant, non-overpowering smell.  Visually appealing when bread is closed.  Reasonable amount of meat.  Sports bras.  Attentive servers.
Cons: Given the price, apparently made with truffles and lobster. Sodium explosion.  Not actual garlic bread.  Reasonable amount of meat… if it was a $3 sandwich.  Burns easily.  Paranoid servers.

15 thoughts to “REVIEW: Quiznos Prime Rib on Garlic Bread Sandwich”

  1. I don’t know that I’ll ever fully recover from the gold-nuggets-dropping-boxers comment. It was *that* fantastic.

  2. I’ve always wondered how awkward it is for you guys to take pictures of your food in the store.

  3. I think their small subs are only 4″
    Mediums are 6″
    Large 8″ or 12″ Im not sure.

    They are really expensive though and they have shut down the two where I live.

  4. Next on my “Sandwiches to Eat Before I Die” list: truffles and lobster.

    Great review! I was curious as to whether Quizno’s actually added garlic bread to their menu… but turns out, it’s just sauce. How disappointing!

  5. The sandwich thing works for women too. Women love sandwiches. I’m talking Liz Lemon level love for sandwiches.

  6. Shannon- true, though it probably would’ve looked more full with the lettuce and tomato.

    TBFM- my milkshake failed to bring extra prime rib to the yard.

    Anonymous- Starbucks wasn’t too bad, but yeah, I kinda wish the Quiznos had been a little busier. 😉

    Dustin- this one was definitely longer than 4″, but I do remember thinking it seemed a bit shorter than 6″. Call it 5 – 5 1/2″.

    kpatt- I will keep that in mind for my next anniversary. Goodbye Tiffany’s, hello Subway!

    Kathleen, Stephanie, jh- thanks!

  7. WHAT? You pay $5.49 plus tax for a 6-inch sandwich and call it expensive? Here in Sweden we don’t have Quiznos, but we DO have Subway and if you get their sub of the day – 6 inches, no chips or drink – it’s $5.50. Get the footlong with chips and drink for about $13! It’s crazy expensive here, maybe because it’s American and cool 😉

    Love this review by the way. Love the impulsive buy in general. Keep up the good work =D

  8. Over the years I, the Disgruntled Old Coot, gave Quiznos ample opportunity to make my liver quiver with unadulterated delight and demand more, more, MORE!!! Quiznos sandwiches.

    They failed.

    The flavor was not there.

    The value-for-price was lacking luster; lackluster. What IS “luster,” anyway. Whatever it is, Quiznos lacks it.

    Eventually, I ceased entering Quiznos.

    If Chef Ramsey espied the burnt bread shown above I can envision his descending fist sending bits of sandwich ricocheting across the room and his outraged bellow causing convulsions of fear to arise in all those in close proximity.

    I predict that Quiznos will eventually fade from the scene. Until the last one closes. Gone but not forgotten but with few mourners lamenting the passing of just another over-priced, badly-marketed food joint.

  9. Being a Quiznos Manager myself, it looks like they do not have enough meat on the sandwich! Also, the toaster’s job is to make sure that the ends are browned and the corners blackened. If you don’t want it that way, ask for a lighter toast! Remember this is real prime rib steak and real all natural cheddar cheese, not that questionable grey steak and processed cheese. This sandwich is no longer on the menu but it was a great sandwich! especially with the lettuce and tomato!! The no garlic bread really confused a lot of people and the sauce was to die for anyways! Good luck in the future! Hope you try us again! Oh, and we do have a *real* LOBSTER, crab, white fish and shrimp sandwich or salad!! It is the best! A little spendy but you get what you pay for and it cost us more than the prime rib steak, although at a lower cost than if you went to a restaurant! But, it is the same quality!!

  10. Last Sunday Oct 13,2013 our family decided to hv a quick lunch/ dinner before watching a movie at GB3. It’s was our first time to eat at Quizmos in the Philippines considering I have been an airline employee and would do the same abroad and thought it was the same… To our dismay I was more than half way done I saw a live black worm at my honey mustard chicken I called the attention of the server hurriedly got the food though
    I insisted I wanted it back as proof and take a video and pics. Their Supervisor took a video of it and from there I took this picture below. When I asked the server to get it she said they threw it at the bin already and when I was going to have an adrenaline rush the supervisor allowed to take pics from
    Video she took of this live pet they hv at their sandwich. These things should be addressed rightly. What happened in the rule of Expiry of stocks? What happened inside the kitchen when it was prepared?What explanation will this RESTO give since they are carrying a franchise based in USA? I was asking for the receipt and Supervisor got it and just said will refund the cost . That’s not the remedy to it.
    Bec the movie will start and we left Quizmos Early Halloween treat in our stomachs. Everytime we remember what happened it like a nightmare for us like a diet pill that suppresses our appetite on any food, not wanting to eat. These incidents should be investigated by the Quizmos Flagship / Headquarters since they represent the outlet. These should be know by Ayala Tenants Office on stores service to clients. Lastly these should be known by Makati Municipal office who gives stores/ restaurants that they passed Sanitation and issued certification to operate.

    Another incident is they told my husband they will refund everything or change the food. What the heck?! Just like that? This is a nightmare for us thus it will be their nightmare now…

    Pls feel free to circulate this Horror incident we had at Quizmos Greenbelt!

    As of this posting we hv not heard fm them despite giving contact details.

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