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Which Wich is a nationwide build-to-order sandwich chain with a customer experience one can only describe as "participatory."  Patrons enter the restaurant and first look at the overhead menu to determine which one of ten base sandwiches they want.  More on this in a minute.  Next, they pull the bag with the corresponding number out of the rack and mark on the bag the bread, toppings, and other attributes they want.

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The ten bag categories (base sandwich types) are:

  1. Turkey
  2. Ham & Pork
  3. Beef
  4. Chicken
  5. Seafood
  6. Vegetarian
  7. Italian
  8. R&D (Special creations available for a limited time)
  9. Classics (e.g. BLT, Gyro)
  10. Breakfast

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which wich

When you have finished, you write your name on the bottom of the bag and then go to the register to order.  The whole process is crazy for a first-timer, although I do see some advantages to the frequent diners who lose patience trying to explain special orders.

The sandwich I ordered was the Turkey, Ham and Bacon Club.  That's bag number 1, check the "Club" bubble.  It was accompanied by a standard bag of Doritos and a Coke product.

which wich turkey club

I found the sandwich to be tasty and satisfying.  Served in a long roll, the ingredients were all tucked snugly inside the soft bread and was exactly what you'd expect.  Sliced deli meats, mayo, etc. all in the proper proportions.

The restaurant I visited in Lake Mary,  FL was uncrowded, even though it was lunch hour.  The manager was proactive in helping newbies like me navigate the ordering process and the staff, overall, was friendly.

It's interesting to see how sandwich shops like this are springing up to counter the Subway juggernaut.  It helps that a sandwich franchise is probably one of the least expensive choices for a would-be restauranteur.  The low start-up costs in equipment and the strip-mall rent make this formula, perfected by the big "S", a winning one.  The first location opened in Dallas in 2003, and they began franchising in 2005.  In fact, "Franchise" is the first link you encounter on the Which Wich website.  With that in mind, watch for Which Wich's to appear near you and give them a try.

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Congratulations to Mary L. of Ft. Worth, TX; Don R. of Monument, CO; and Jason S. of Evansville, KY for winning the $5 Del Taco gift cards.  Jason will have to drive over 300 miles to find one, but being in a Del Taco city was not a requirement.

Thanks to all who entered.  We'll likely do more of these in the future.

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The Habit is a small burger chain with about 100 locations, mostly in California but also spilling over into Arizona and Utah.  Founded in Santa Barbara, CA in 1969, The Habit offers a decent selection of burgers, sandwiches and salads.  The burgers range from the core "original" Charburger to fancy deluxe versions with mushrooms or Teriyaki sauce.


the habit phoenix az

My friend Tom and I tried it out recently.  We both opted for the original cheeseburger, his with the default Swiss cheese and mine with American.

the habit burger grill

the habit burger grill

The burger tasted fresh and hearty and arrived loaded with condiments including optional grilled onions.  As you can see from the pics, they don't skimp when building these sandwiches.  And these are just the singles.

Give it a try next time you find yourself near one.  It's a nice alternative to the mainstream burger choices.

Check out The Habit page on Fast Food Source for the menu and other handy info.

del taco gift cards

Our friends at Del Taco have provided Fast Food Source with some $5 gift cards for up to three lucky readers.  Use them at your local Del Taco to try the new line of Turkey products or any of your Del Taco favorites.

Follow this link (contest ended) to submit your contact information before midnight February 7, 2014.  Up to three winners will be selected at random from all valid submissions.  If selected, we'll contact you by email and mail you a gift card.  What are you waiting for?!

 

As you may recall, Del Taco sent me a mysterious red box at the beginning of the year that contained a bunch of feathers and a rubber turkey.  Touting their new line of Turkey Tacos, I had to wait a bit as they didn't roll out until the first weekend of January.

del taco turkey taco

I ordered both the crunchy and soft variety and they are both shown below.  You can get any menu item that uses ground beef in turkey instead, although they were just advertising tacos and Crunchtadas at the store.

del taco turkey taco

The turkey tacos taste similar to the seasoned ground beef.  These, too, are seasoned and ground.  If you close your eyes and don't pay too much attention, you may not even notice you are not eating beef.

del taco turkey taco

The tacos cost a hefty $1.25.  That's steep for a basic taco.  They try to plus it up by adding chunks of tomato but it is still just a standard 3-topping taco.  As you can see above, the ground turkey is dark and richly seasoned.  Add in some sauce and you are good to go.

My thoughts?  There is a slight aftertaste that is probably more the result of expecting the flavor of beef than an issue with the turkey itself.  Otherwise, apart from the tomatoes, there is no real difference between these tacos and their beef kin.  They were tasty and satisfying.  They advertise these as having 33% less fat than the seasoned beef.  For some strange reason, they are not available in Oklahoma.  Big cattle lobby maybe?

If you're looking to trim a little fat and still enjoy the flavor of Del Taco, give the Turkey  Tacos or Turkey - Anything a try.

Reader Clay sent in the picture below of his recent Wendy's order:  The Bacon Portabella Melt on a Brioche bun that he received, compared with the one Wendy's food stylists prepared.  No TLC went into this sandwich:

wendys comparison

Thanks Clay.  That is not pretty.  I hope it tasted ok.

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