Subway's All-American Club: What You Need To Know Before You Order

In August 2021, QSR profiled John Chidsey, the CEO of Subway and the visionary behind their recent Eat Fresh Refresh campaign that saw the introduction of the All-American Club, the Steak Cali Fresh, and the Turkey Cali Fresh to the chain's menu. He explained the idea was not simply to push out gimmicky new items, but to inject a booster into the brand's DNA. "This place needed hope," Chidsey said. "Optimism. I think now they've got it." On July 13, Subways across the country opened to show the world their new, permanently revamped menus.

According to the press release for the Eat Fresh Refresh campaign, the All-American Club was a "chef-recommended [sandwich] that combines [the flavors of our new ingredients] to build the perfect bite." The All-American Club aims to do just that and through a unique flavor profile, hits the perfect niche on Subway's menu. 

What is the All-American Club?

At a glance, the All-American Club is a pretty straightforward affair. On their website, Subway describes how the sandwich begins with oven-roasted turkey, Black Forest ham, and hickory smoked bacon, before being covered in American cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, and red onions. All of this is contained within two pieces of Artisan Italian Bread.

According to Subway's press release, the turkey is a new and improved ingredient and has been sliced deli-thin. While you may not expect much from a new cold cut, Eat This, Not That! learned from an anonymous employee that the chain's "turkey may be sliced more thinly now, but it's the exact same turkey we were using before." Either way, if you love the taste of the brand's meats, this meal won't disappoint. With familiar flavors like these, you can guarantee to find something to enjoy if you already count yourself as a fan of the chain's sandwiches.

What does the All-American Club taste like?

PapiEats, a YouTube fast food reviewer, had a hard time when it came to enjoying the All-American Club, starting with the fact that the workers at his Subway forgot to cut his footlong in half. Overall, the club came across as mediocre or, as PapiEats put it, "It's a sub." Business Insider gave a similar verdict, calling it "decent." 

Meanwhile, The Washington Post considered the bread as "squishy and pale as the old Subway bread" and went on to ask why the brand was drumming up so much attention for, "a super-basic club sandwich you could have ordered at a diner 40 years ago." The meal does have its defenders. Johnny Clyde gives the All-American Club a 9.3 out of 10. If you already love the chain, there's a good chance you can find something to appreciate in this take on an American classic, but don't expect to get wowed by the sandwich if you already have reservations about this revamped club.

How much does the All-American Club cost?

Expect to see some price fluctuations when it comes to ordering an All-American Club in your area. In their review of Subway, Business Insider says they spent $8.39 on a footlong version of the All-American Club. In his YouTube review of the new item, Johnny Clyde shares that he spent $6.99 on a six-inch version of the sandwich, which he considered somewhat pricey for a Subway product but was also justified by the amount of meat the restaurant included. The Washington Post claimed not to have spent more than $6 on any of the new inch sandwiches they tried. Their claim is backed by the prices listed by Fast Food Price, which peg the six-inch at $5.79 and the footlong at $8.99.

No matter what, you can be certain that for a six-inch All-American Club, you will pay somewhere between $5.50 and $7. Expect to dish out a bit more for a footlong and enjoy all the flavor that comes with the territory.

The All-American Club's nutritional information

According to the nutritional information supplied by Subway's website, the All-American Club amounts to 25 grams of protein in a six-inch. That total doubles to 50 grams of protein in a footlong, making for a very filling meal. The six-inch item also contains 350 calories, 13 grams of fat, 55 milligrams of cholesterol, and 1210 milligrams of sodium. The American Heart Association recommends you limit your sodium intake to 1,500 milligrams, meaning the smaller version of the meal packs in almost a full day's worth of salt. The footlong doubles these amounts.

On the other hand, the meal contains 15% of your vitamin A and C content for the day, in addition to 70% of a day's worth of iron. As long as you don't need to watch your salt intake, feel free to indulge in this sandwich that has the power to redefine Subway's image.