If you’re a typical American, you probably eat fast food at least once a week. A culture of overworked individuals and an array of fast food chains make it difficult to make wise dietary choices, so it’s no surprise that most of us succumb to whatever subpar vittles are being served up on our neighborhood street corner.
Being an unreasonably indecisive person at dinnertime, I know the dilemma of selecting something on a whim that isn’t too expensive or nutrient-deprived. This is likely why Subway so often fits the bill: it’s fast, inexpensive, and on every other street corner in Columbia.
I’m unsure just how well the breakfast items have caught on with the popular chain, but the English muffins and flatbread sandwiches are a welcome change to the heavy fried options we usually purchase at breakfast.
Another understated item that makes my list of top five fast-food dinner staples are the salads. Although I am not carb-conscious by any stretch, it’s easy to be overcome with the green leafies when you see all the freshly cut veggies just waiting to be consumed with only a light dressing, a generous helping of shredded cheese, and on occasion, croutons or crackers for crunch.
If you wish, of course, you have the option of adding meat for a small fee. I add the usual salad staples, plus banana peppers for a zesty kick and a scattering of jalapenos to make the cheese flavor pop.
I do not profess Subway to be greater than Columbia’s mom-and-pop establishments (especially some notable ones in Five Points), but I really think it deserves credence as a smart dinnertime option on those blah days when you’re overdue for a grocery run, you don’t feel like spending even fifteen minutes in the kitchen, and that frozen dinner just isn’t going to cut it.
Of all the Subway locations in the city, I have to commend the little Subway on Rosewood, located to the back right section of the Exxon Station. I have frequented this chain throughout the capital city, but this one is nothing short of exemplary. Outstanding service, always-fresh ingredients, and the small size are very appealing.
This particular location is so tiny, the staff’s pleasant personalities and attention to detail are enhanced. The Subway employees on Rosewood are an absolute pleasure to interact with, and they go so far as to cut my veggies into bite-size pieces, carefully dispersing my vegetables throughout the greens so I get a good distribution of flavor throughout.
The cost for a vegetarian salad is right around $5. For even a monstrous appetite, the portion is truly sufficient. When I opt for the salad to go and still need a starchy fix, I add a slice of French bread from home to round out the meal with a bit of extra heft.
The Subway on Rosewood is a great favorite of mine simply because it makes it that much easier for me to eat quickly and well, and I always get treated right.