I’ve been a vegetarian for around a decade and a half now, and during that time I’ve probably eaten at a Subway fewer times than I can count on one hand. Every time, it’s the same: I’ll get tempted by the wafting smell of fresh-baked bread (do they pump that scent through the vents on purpose?!), then remember that the Veggie Delight sub is 80% limp iceberg lettuce.
But, my vegetarian/vegan/adventurous-palated brethren, weep now longer: Subway has decided to try and corner the vegan corner of the fast food market, and they’re testing their new fake-meat offerings in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. So if you’re ethically opposed to eating animals but your mouth still waters at the idea of a Sweet Riblet on Roasted Garlic Bread, you’re in luck.
The three new vegan options — the Sweet Riblet, the Malibu Greek, and the Italian Black Bean sub — are so far available only at a few test locations (listed below). DCist ventured out for a sample, and has both positive (“I had no problem wolfing down” the Sweet Riblet) and negative (“the ribs emerge from a vacuum-sealed pouch that’s quickly microwaved before being unceremoniously plopped on your choice of bread”) things to say. We’re reserving our judgment until we get a taste of our own.
The nine participating locations are:
555 13th St NW, Washington, DC 20005 — 202-347-4616
455 Massachusetts Ave, NW (1st Floor) Washington, DC 20001 — 202-638-0348
550 First St., NW, Washington, DC 20001 — 202-661-6639
8145 Main St, Ellicott City, MD 21043 — 410-418-4330
5520 Research Park Dr, #107, Catonsville, MD 21228 — 410-455-5222
300 Sentinel Dr, #100, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701 — 301-490-6553
320 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314 — 703-879-4321
2361 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22314 — 703-879-4321
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