The Good, The Bad, and The Delicious: Part 1

With more and more food places popping up all over the St. Cloud area, it’s hard to find good food at a decent price. You’re in high school, you don't have the time or the money to go to every food place and find the best deal for the best food possible. But that's why we're here, to do it for you. Every week we explore different food options ready for us and find the the Good, the Bad, and the Delicious in your next meal.

February 13, 2018

This week we went to local sandwich shops and compared their choice for a roast beef sandwich.

We started our delicious adventure at Subway. We ordered roast beef, with cheddar, lettuce, tomato, green pepper, onion, and a little bit of mayo on Italian bread. Next, we visited BoDiddley’s in St. Cloud and ordered the roast beef sandwich which has roast beef, provolone and Swiss-American cheese, lettuce, mayo, tomatoes, onions, banana peppers, pickles, and spiced oil. Then we finally ended the day at Erberts and Gerberts with a Halley’s comet which has roast beef, lettuce, tomato, and mayo. With the sandwiches ready, we started eating and here is what we found:

 

Subway

Subway’s roast beef sandwich

Cost: $8.60

We found that after eating all three sandwiches that this one was the worst. It left so many areas wanting more and not quite reaching our expectations in most areas of taste. Subway however makes up for the fact that the size of the sandwich was the best; we didn’t feel like it was a massive or a small sandwich. It was big enough to satisfy and feel full without being too big.  We weren’t still hungry after eating it. When going into Subway, the sandwiches are made by you; you get to pick what is on it. But the reason we didn’t care for Subway was because the meat tasted the worst, the lettuce didn’t add anything to the sandwich, it just covered up the rest of the taste and took away from any good thing it may have had going for it.  Overall it tasted “fresh” but just lacked a lot of the color that the other two had. So while our sandwich wasn’t the best, you can still create and experiment how you want. Basically everywhere you look there is Subway, there is just too many to count, so you can’t avoid it. Whereas there is two BoDiddley’s and two Erberts and Gerberts in the area. So if you’re looking for your run-of-the-mill sandwich, it should not be too hard to find.

We gave Subway 2/5 stars overall.

 

BoDiddley’s

BoDiddley’s roast beef sandwich

Cost: $8.19

We immediately have to acknowledge that BoDiddley’s is a local small business (yay for supporting small business), and it feels this way as soon as you walk in. The atmosphere is kind and comforting, kind of like walking into Grandma’s house. The menu is clearly laid out for their options but their ingredients are fairly limited to what their main sandwiches have with nothing much to add that we know of. However, their sandwich ingredients are really good and have a lot of flavor. Nothing took away from the taste, but just added to it and made it a more interesting sandwich. While it did taste good and more was there, it was very visible that the sandwich was much bigger than the other two. While it was good and big enough to feed a few hungry teenagers, if you’re not hungry or don’t eat much, this sub is one to avoid only because of the amount of food that would be wasted. While originally we were concerned about the banana peppers on it, it was actually a pleasant surprise and have no complaints about them and the lettuce added to the taste rather than covered it up which was a good surprise. Another surprise would be the oil that came on it. But, it was a good proportion, and it didn’t soak or overpower the sandwich. This sandwich came with a lot of unexpected, but delicious, surprises. If you’re looking to try something you may not normally eat, this would be the most delicious of choices. Overall, BoDiddley’s had a lot of good things going for it- it’s just that there was too much of BoDiddley’s to eat.

We gave BoDiddley’s 4/5 stars overall.

 

Erberts and Gerberts

Erberts and Gerberts roast beef sandwich

Cost: $5.99

Our final stop was Erberts and Gerberts which had was by far the smallest sandwich we found but also the cheapest! It was a fairly simple and small sandwich, and it wasn’t messy like the other two had been. The roast beef and bread were definitely the favorite of the three. Although Subway strongly advertises how fresh their ingredients are, Erberts and Gerberts somehow left us thinking that this sandwich had the freshest ingredients of them all.  Not only were the ingredients the freshest, but they also had a good balance. All the flavors kind of just melded together into one happy flavor. The best part of this sandwich, however, is how they give you the extra insides of the bread on top to eat. The bread is downright the best of them all in every category. The only downside of this experience was how small of a sandwich you receive. Although it left us wanting more, it was definitely a favorite amongst them all and highly recommended. Lucky enough, it also happens to be the most affordable of the three. 

We gave Erberts and Gerberts 5/5 stars overall.

 

With our sandwich journey complete, we work to expand your view on other foods in your area through our eyes. Check back soon for when we investigate the best fast food french fry!

Rachel Eisenschenk

 

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