That Subway Smell

That Subway Smell

Cherrylane Cherrylane
So I walked past the Subway on my college's campus and was reminded yet again of THAT SMELL. That distinctive Subway smell that lingers on your clothes for hours after being there for only a few minutes to get a sandwich.

I spoke to one of my friends about it, and he said he used to work there roughly five years ago and that his work clothes STILL smell like subway. That you "can't wash it out." He said it was the lard they use.

Most interestingly to me, because I HATE the smell and find it somewhat nauseating, he said that Subway considers it part of their brand and that apparently, most people LIKE it.

Do you like the smell?
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
LOVE it
Coralbell , Beck , SelectZen , Ansley , slynch , ConnerJay , llellsee , wrecklesswords , toxie m , The Curious Couple , Peggi , laceypanties , Miss Madeline , Pink Jewel , Sundae Sparkles , AliMc , CAKES , meitman , Llahsram , pizzahut , Deeder , shauna.robinson88 , himynameissteph , ShadowedSeductress , moongirl
25  (23%)
HATE it
Gunsmoke , Diabolical Kitty , EastCoast36 , aliceinthehole , OhMy! , Lucidity , dv8 , bayosgirl , married with children , Lisa72 , dirtythoughts:) , Stinkytofu10 , GONE! , Missmarc , Feisty , JennSenn , Kroo , Cat E. , Rey
19  (17%)
Meh
AngelvMaynard , zwee75 , mistressg , Ash1141 , Sinfully , - Kira - , JessCee , Mihoshi4301 , LQ , Kdlips , GenderSexplorations , Ryuson , Lucky21 , Kindred , Bignuf , authorzero , eeep , Chul , cheetahpita , darthkitt3n , TheSlyFox , Sunshineamine , Jon S , sbon , Seth912 , Ms. Paprika , DeliciousSurprise , mrs.mckrakn , Squeaky , clockwork451 , TiffyPixie , Lildrummrgurl7 , Casey Colette , sexykiss , Do emu , SecretKinksters , amberf83 , Ms. N , sweetiejo , Gone (LD29) , gsfanatic , sugar&spikes , PepperPot , Zandrock , sXeVegan90 , LilLostLenore , myeden
47  (43%)
What smell?
Art & Sensation , Paladin Fantasys , Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama , Howells , ily , SilverIsis , Adriana Ravenlust , RonLee , El-Jaro , WierdAl , Angelica , Allstars316 , michael scofield , PeaceToTheMiddleEast , Rin (aka Nire) , zaftigzoo , subtyrant , Falsepast
18  (17%)
Total votes: 109
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AngelvMaynard AngelvMaynard
I've never noticed Subway's smell as a lingerer, but I feel the way you describe about Mexican restaurants! I LOVE Mexican food, but it stays, on your clothes and in your hair until you wash both!
11/15/2011
zwee75 zwee75
There's a local-ish chain of convenience stores that has a "smell" too. Doesn't matter where it is or which store, they all smell alike. Bizarre.
11/15/2011
mistressg mistressg
I totally know what you're talking about.
11/15/2011
Coralbell Coralbell
There's a Subway right beside the bus stop I use every day and the smell of the bread baking always makes me hungry.
11/15/2011
Ash1141 Ash1141
I don't hate it but I don't like it either.
11/15/2011
Sinfully Sinfully
Meh... don't really mind it, but I know what you're talking about. Def a distinct smell.
11/15/2011
- Kira - - Kira -
I don't love it but don't hate it. Now that you've said it's lard, I may puke next time I smell it. Thanks!!
11/15/2011
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
I have not been on a subway since the 70s in Philly - the subway smell there was simply rancid urine - awful!
11/15/2011
Rarity Rarity
What lard?!

I never knew they used lard in their food.
11/15/2011
Diabolical Kitty Diabolical Kitty
I love the food, but the smell is a pain in the butt.
11/15/2011
Mihoshi4301 Mihoshi4301
I've never really noticed the smell before.
11/15/2011
Ansley Ansley
I love the way it smells, but I refuse to eat their products. I've found a much, much better sandwich: Jersey Mike's.
11/15/2011
LQ LQ
LoL. This isn't something I've ever thought about before, but it's totally true. Weird.

Now that I consider it, I like the sandwiches fine, but I don't think I could stand to stay in the smell long. Definitely could not work there.
11/15/2011
Starkiller87 Starkiller87
Quote:
Originally posted by Ansley
I love the way it smells, but I refuse to eat their products. I've found a much, much better sandwich: Jersey Mike's.
Oh man, Jersey Mikes is sooo good. They are expensive though. I stopped going to subway once I found Jersey mikes and phillys best.
11/15/2011
GenderSexplorations GenderSexplorations
It's just a smell. Neither good nor bad.... It is kind of weird though.
11/15/2011
Cherrylane Cherrylane
Quote:
Originally posted by Starkiller87
Oh man, Jersey Mikes is sooo good. They are expensive though. I stopped going to subway once I found Jersey mikes and phillys best.
I've gotten hooked on Jimmy Johns.

Way more "basic" sandwiches, and half the time I get their "slims" which are basically just a bit of meat and a slice of cheese and bread. Thing is, the quality of their ingredients is SO good, and man, they bake their bread fresh every day and IT SMELLS SO GOOD. by far the best bread of any of the chains I've been to. AND THEY DELIVER! Awesome.

Also, about the lard, my friend said something about using it for the meatballs. And that Quiznos uses lard too, just a different kind. I haven't been able to find anything specifically confirming that. However, I am confident whatever the smell is definitely isn't the bread.
11/15/2011
ConnerJay ConnerJay
I love it, but after the word lard was used I'm re-thinking my love...
11/15/2011
Art & Sensation Art & Sensation
I honestly have not smelled a particular smell walking by Subways..

Is there something wrong with me?
11/15/2011
Lucky21 Lucky21
Meh. It really doesn't bother me.
11/15/2011
Lucidity Lucidity
There used to be a Subway in my town, in an outdoor mall, but it was down some stairs and technically underground. I can still smell that smell wafting up those stairs (gag).
11/15/2011
Kindred Kindred
I totally thought this thread was going to be about the disgusting smell of urine in NY subway stations...
11/15/2011
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by Cherrylane
So I walked past the Subway on my college's campus and was reminded yet again of THAT SMELL. That distinctive Subway smell that lingers on your clothes for hours after being there for only a few minutes to get a sandwich.

I spoke to one ...
We are laughing our butts off. When we read this...all the way through, we were thinking like NEW YORK SUBWAY or PARIS SUBWAY or LONDON SUBWAY (New York's which smells like musty socks, Paris's which smells like urine, and London's, which smells of cleaners). Not till we got to the LARD part did we stop and actually go "LARD"???? What does LARD have to do with the Subway????? THEN we got it. Oh my...goofy us.

OH...even the first lines didn't give it away, since OUR college and the one our daughter attended, had a SUBWAY station (yes, the underground kind) on it, AND yes, folks went down there to the SHOPS at lunch and for snacks...so that was not a "give away" either.
11/15/2011
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by - Kira -
I don't love it but don't hate it. Now that you've said it's lard, I may puke next time I smell it. Thanks!!
Me too. LARD???? If that is true, I am NEVER eating at a SUBWAY ever again!!!
11/15/2011
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by Coralbell
There's a Subway right beside the bus stop I use every day and the smell of the bread baking always makes me hungry.
That is what it always smelled like to me....bread baking.
11/15/2011
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by zwee75
There's a local-ish chain of convenience stores that has a "smell" too. Doesn't matter where it is or which store, they all smell alike. Bizarre.
There are certain Chain stores that all use the provided cleaning materials, and thus they all have the same "smell" signature.
11/15/2011
Cherrylane Cherrylane
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
That is what it always smelled like to me....bread baking.
I've heard this as well, but my experience with baking bread, both personally as well as with numerous other restaurants/bakeries, both commercial and individually owned and operated, that led me to dismiss it. Nothing baked bread related has ever smelled like that to me. And I've also never experienced the smell of fresh bread linger on clothes.

Naturally, that doesn't mean it's *not* the bread, but. It's hard for me to imagine exactly what the heck is going on that would make their bread smell like that. The dough isn't even made there.
11/15/2011
12345678 12345678
I guess I don't go there enough to pick up on this.
11/15/2011
llellsee llellsee
I've never tasted anything from subway but I do love the smell
11/15/2011
authorzero authorzero
I actually have noticed the Subway smell. I always kind of forget about it, but there is something there. It's sort of ...I don't know ...off-putting. It isn't exactly a baking bread smell. It smells like chain restaurant blah to me. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy the occasional Subway sandwich, but the smell I think sort of encapsulates my general dislike for mass produced, mass marketed chain store food.

The other thing about Subway sandwiches is, if you don't eat them in about 15 minutes they become an unpleasant soggy mess.

Wow, this was a much harsher Subway rant than I intended.
11/15/2011
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