Embarking on a quest to find the best fast food sandwich chains, we literally ate our way across town sampling everything from hearty classics to inventive creations. This list is how we ranked 10 popular chains. Use this rundown to figure out the best places to pop into lunch when you’re on the road or in a rush.

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10. Subway

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Oh, Subway, where do we even start? Finding itself at the tail end of the sandwich chain race, Subway has become somewhat of a meme in the fast food world. Remember the time they jazzed up their bread with azodicarbonamide, a charming ingredient also found in yoga mats? Or the unforgettable saga of the “tuna” salad that apparently forgot to invite any actual tuna to the party? Despite their efforts to spruce things up with a menu makeover and new sandwiches, it’s been a bit of a pickle convincing folks that “Eat Fresh” means what it says.

9. Blimpie

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Blimpie might boast about being “America’s Sub Shop,” but when it comes to the heavyweight title of the sandwich world, it’s not quite making the championship rounds. Picture this: three friends from New Jersey, inspired by the delicious subs from a local favorite, Mike’s Submarines, decide to jump into the sandwich ring themselves. Initially, their homage to hoagies had them stacking up the meats and cheeses with the best of them. Yet, despite their earnest beginnings, Blimpie’s has been slowly losing its footing, with stores closing and fans turning to other contenders for their sandwich fix.

8. Jimmy John’s

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Jimmy John’s, known for its “freaky fast and fresh” subs, has seen its fair share of growth and fanfare, even breaking into New York City’s market. Yet, its journey hasn’t been without bumps. Notably, their use of sprouts led to several food poisoning outbreaks, casting a shadow over their food safety practices.

7. Wawa

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Wawa might just surprise you. More than a mere gas station and convenience store, this Pennsylvania gem has turned the concept on its head with a menu that rivals traditional fast food. Their hoagies, a regional take on subs, are a testament to quality, boasting fresh, daily-baked bread and high-quality ingredients. It’s this dedication to tasty, convenient eats that’s earned Wawa a cult following.

6. Publix

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Despite being a grocery chain in just seven states, Publix has carved out a stellar reputation, ranking high among America’s grocery stores. But it’s their “pub subs” that have truly captured the hearts of many. These sub sandwiches, ranging from the classic Italian to the inventive chicken cordon bleu, are more than just a meal; they’re an experience.

5. Jersey Mike’s

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Jersey Mike’s, a beloved sub chain, has an origin story as flavorful as its sandwiches. Founded by 17-year-old Peter Cancro, who turned a local New Jersey sub shop, Mike’s Submarines, into a nationwide sensation, Jersey Mike’s is celebrated for its commitment to freshness and customer service. The chain’s “Mike’s Way” topping style, with fresh lettuce, onions, tomatoes, oil, vinegar, and spices, along with meats and cheeses sliced right before your eyes, sets it apart.

4. Firehouse Subs

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Firehouse Subs brings a unique twist to the fast-food sandwich scene, born from the entrepreneurial spirit of firefighting brothers. This chain distinguishes itself with a menu inspired by firehouse meals, offering hearty, flavorful subs that pack a punch. What sets Firehouse apart is not just the quality of their ingredients but their commitment to community service, with a portion of profits supporting local fire departments.

3. Potbelly Sandwich Shop

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Potbelly Sandwich Shop, with its cozy, inviting atmosphere, feels like stepping into a friend’s kitchen rather than a fast-food chain. Known for its toasty warm sandwiches, live music, and antique decor, Potbelly creates a unique dining experience that’s hard to find elsewhere.

2. Pret A Manger

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Pret A Manger, the London-born cafe known for its organic coffee and natural, fresh food, offers a refreshing take on fast dining. With a philosophy rooted in serving freshly made, preservative-free meals, Pret A Manger caters to the health-conscious and the hurried with equal finesse. Their commitment to quality and sustainability, from responsibly sourced ingredients to eco-friendly practices, resonates well with a global audience.

1. Jason’s Deli

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Jason’s Deli sets itself apart in the crowded fast-casual scene with a focus on wholesome, natural ingredients and a menu that caters to a variety of dietary preferences. Known for its generous portions, salad bar, and free ice cream, this chain blends the convenience of fast food with the thoughtfulness of a sit-down restaurant.

10 Foods You Should Never Eat Raw

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Diving into a bag of crunchy raw carrots or whipping up a smoothie with butternut squash and spinach? Go for it! But beware, the culinary world has its rogues. Some foods play hardball with your stomach or sneak in toxins that could turn your mealtime into a risky affair. It’s all about knowing who’s who in the raw food lineup.

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10 Foods That Have Priced Themselves Out Of Our Shopping Carts Lately

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Ever noticed how some grocery items have gone from ‘yeah, let’s grab it’ to ‘wait, how much?!’ lately? We’re looking at a bunch of foods that have gotten so expensive, we’re just shaking our heads and putting them back on the shelf. From breakfast staples to quick dinner fixes, let’s talk about the stuff that’s not making the cut anymore and how whipping up alternatives at home might just be the wallet-friendly (and fun) way to go.

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Avoid these 11 Foods If You’re Sensitive to Lectins

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Navigating the world of food sensitivities can feel like walking through a minefield, especially when lectins are the culprits. You might have heard that these protein-packed particles can wreak havoc on sensitive stomachs, but figuring out where they’re hiding is another story. We’re breaking down some of the foods that are lectin landmines for those with sensitivities. Grab a notepad, because you’re going to want to remember these tips next time you’re grocery shopping or planning a meal.

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Gina Matsoukas is an AP syndicated writer. She is the founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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