Drive-thru review: No false advertising in Subway's fiery footlongs

By Ken Hoffman King Features Syndicate - Published: November 18, 2013 | 12:00 am 0

Subway recently unveiled its Fiery Footlong Collection, so I opted to try a Sriracha Steak Melt.

If you're not familiar with Sriracha, you haven't eaten in a restaurant in the past five years. It's the trendiest, hottest hot sauce going. Sriracha, a melting pot of super-scorching chilies, started in little Thai eateries and spread across the menu board to practically every cuisine where guests answer the burning question, "Hot enough for you?"

Here's the Sriracha Steak Melt blueprint: sliced steak, jalapenos and pepper jack cheese, all drizzled with Sriracha sauce on your choice of Subway's fresh-baked bread. I'd stick with Italian white since the Sriracha is enough freestyling for one sandwich.

Subway also is introducing a Sriracha Chicken Melt sub, which saves you 60 calories and 4 fat grams off the steak model. Two other spicy subs complete the Fiery Footlong Collection: Buffalo Chicken and Turkey Jalapeno.

Subway also suggests a little dab of Sriracha on its Bacon, Egg White and Cheese breakfast sandwich. That'll wake you up.

The fun part of Sriracha is eavesdropping on people trying to pronounce it. "Sir-rah-cha" is close enough.

Subway is hanging the "limited time only" tag on the Sriracha Steak Melt and Sriracha Chicken Melt, but count on red-hot Sriracha permanently playing a big role in Subway products in the future. In fact, there's a good chance that Sriracha will be THE hot sauce - the one and only - in Subway's condiment, well, collection. Subway dribbled and dabbled with 19 different blends of Sriracha sauces before settling on a creamy, smooth texture.

I expected Subway's take on Sriracha to be a medium-hot fastball over the middle of the plate, but the sandwich chain threw me a curve. You'll know it when the Sriracha hits your mouth. It's not mainstream, nuclear-family, middle-America hot ... it's hot hot.

The Sriracha gives the steak or chicken a needed jolt. The pepper jack cheese melts evenly in Subway's turbo-charged oven. The jalapenos are excessive celebration in the end zone. But why not? Jump into the fire.

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