The Worst Soup At McAlister's Deli, According To 40% Of People

If you love sandwiches and soup, you may be familiar with McAlister's Deli. The regional chain started almost 30 years ago in Oxford, Mississippi, and has since grown to include nearly 400 locations, scattered across 28 states, according to the official website. It's known for its tasty lunch fare, with a vast selection of sandwiches, salads, soups, and its famous spuds, which are massive baked potatoes stuffed with your choice of toppings. You can also opt for a juicy grilled chicken sandwich, a refreshing Savannah chopped salad, or a steaming cup of broccoli cheddar soup among this deli chain's many options.

When it comes to soup in particular, there are quite a few choices on the menu at McAlister's Deli on any given day. But which ones are worth ordering — and which ones aren't? To find out, Mashed polled 590 U.S.-based readers on what they think is the worst soup at the restaurant, asking them to choose between five options. Here's what the survey results found is the one option you might want to pass on ordering the next time you step up to the counter.

Not many people are loving the Veggie Chili at McAlister's Deli

Based on the recent Mashed poll, it seems that Veggie Chili is the worst soup you can order at McAlister's Deli, according to just over 40.68% of the survey respondents. Described as "a hearty, meatless, all-bean chili that has all the seasoning you love," it has 180 calories per cup with 9 grams of protein, 9 grams of fiber, and only 2 grams of fat. However, it's also packed with 960 mg of sodium, according to the McAlister's Deli website.

As for how the other soups on the McAlister's menu fared? Chicken Tortilla soup was voted the second worst, earning nearly 18.64% of the votes, followed by Country Potato with 17.80%. Only 13.56% of the people surveyed named Broccoli Cheddar their least favorite and the regular Chili was disliked by just 9.32%. Apparently, it's not the chili itself that's the issue at McAlister's Deli — it's the lack of meat in the veggie option that has diners disappointed.