The Subway addiction continues. Today I had the WORST craving for another Subway sandwich, so I went to the franchise down the street from the office. (There are seriously like 20 Subway stores in Lahore; they’re like McDonalds in New York City.) Based on my two visits in the last 24 hours, here are the following recommendations I will make should you ever find yourself inclined to visit a Subway in Pakistan:The quality of the veggie toppings is quite high: the tomatoes a deep red, the green peppers positively shining with color, and the red onions sliced fresh and looking vibrant. This may be because the franchises are not importing their produce, but are getting it locally. This seems like a good place to ignore that warning about not eating raw fruits and vegetables in Pakistan.

The high quality of the veggies helps make up for the somewhat dubious quality of the meat. I wouldn’t say it’s bad, just that it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen at an American Subway. I ill-advisedly ordered a meatball sub last night. When he cut open the meatballs to put inside the bun and I saw that they were white inside (chicken meatballs??), I quickly ordered a 6-inch veggie sub on the side. Good move.

On the other hand, the tandoori chicken is delicious. And there are about 15 different sauces you can put on your sandwich. Although, maybe it is already this way in America now too? I am old enough to remember when you could only get mayonnaise and yellow mustard on your Subway sandwich. And oil and vinegar, of course. That is the special dynamite secret of the franchise, and always has been.

The “small” soda size is a legitimate small, not conforming to the gross garantuan sizing of the U.S. The white-chocolate chip macadamia nut cookie is also small. This I am less enthusiastic about.

How cute is the Ramadan Subway sandwich special:
For your chips on the side, your choices are Lay’s in French Cheese, Salt & Vinegar, and Sour Cream & Onion. French Cheese is better than it sounds.The employees wear those little plastic gloves like in the U.S. I have never seen these gloves anywhere else, at any restaurant in Pakistan. Full hand touching is the norm.

No ice in the soda machine. But the soda comes out cold, so really, who needs it?