Subway’s Big Hot Pastrami Sandwich Review

Big Hot Pastrami from Subway

Subway's Big Hot Pastrami Sandwich (6 inch)

Why would I even consider reviewing a sandwich from Subway? There is only one reason. This sandwich contains Subway’s version of Pastrami, the seasoned cousin of Corned Beef.

After a very disappointing experience with the Arby’s Reuben Sandwich, I felt that fast food cured beef deserved another chance. Before I write anymore, let me make a few disclaimers. I only eat at Subway when the only other options are fast food and there is not a better sandwich alternative. Having been raised in Delaware, my standards for subs and hoagies is very high.

Was Big Hot Pastrami Sandwich from Subway repeatable? The answer is “Maybe”. I ordered the six inch option toasted with swiss cheese, then topped with mustard, pickles and tomatoes. The Pastrami may have been a little stringy, but then Pastrami and Corned Beef are supposed to have a little chew to them. Remember, this is not a high end New York style deli. Whether or not the Pastrami was beef is up for debate, but it did have flavor. There was too much yellow mustard but this was Subway and no spicy deli mustard was available. If I was to order this sandwich again it would be double the meat, have them lightly apply the yellow mustard and maybe have only a few pickles and onions added to the sandwich.


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    • Tilda on April 24, 2012 at 9:11 pm
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    Fabulous write, I will be viewing back more often to find posts.

    • Michael on November 19, 2012 at 1:57 pm
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    I had one last night…not bad…Not Great either.
    What blew me away was when I went to pay ; “$19.00” (for Two Foot-longs)…
    “HUH?!” Damn….for 20 bucks I could have bought some local artisan bakery bread, some Painted Hills (Awesome) Pastrami (even @ 13 buck a lb.) …and made a couple of sandwiches that would blow these Subway ‘things’ out of the water!

    • Bob on July 22, 2013 at 5:20 pm
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    I had the “footlong” with Swiss and pickles( no mustard, I would not insult pastrami with yellow mustard. I put guildens on at home). I noticed it looked fatty prior to heating, took it home and had a greasy sandwich. I threw half of it away, I can’t that much fat & grease

    • Linda on October 26, 2014 at 3:53 pm
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    The last time I ate a hot pastrami sandwich was at Katz’s Deli in NY…. Having said that while it can’t compare to Katz’s, the Pastrami and onion only hot sub I got at Subway’s was not bad and it’s at a Subways that is 10 minutes from my house in central NJ. So I will order another sometime.

    • Keith on November 2, 2014 at 11:04 am
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    same as the above comment…..quite a low grade pastrami and mine was like eating rubber sandwich way too much stringy and hard fat but I may be just a little bit picky but I wouldn’t eat another..threw almost half away

    • Vin on December 8, 2014 at 2:04 pm
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    I tried their Pastrami Sandwich today and boy was I disappointed. First thing I noticed I was picking chunks of fat from the pastrami literally in almost every bite. Thats a no no for me. I don’t want to be chomping down on rubbery fat. There’s better quality pastrami at your local deli. Also, like above I paid $19.05 for two foot longs. Me thinks I’ll just be going to get a chicken teriyaki every few months or so, way too expensive. I think their head is so big they think this is premium food!

    • Mike on December 13, 2014 at 7:53 am
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    First off Subway’s Pastrami comes from a real brisket as does all quality corned beef or pastrami. Unlike the supermarket delis, brisket is a fatty piece of meat. Just like with steak it is fat that produces the flavor, same as with bacon which also is very fatty. The brisket generally used comes from a cow.

    $9 a sub is not bad, they triple the meat like they do with their supersized steak and cheese. My Mom made better corned and pastrami from scratch, so do many of NY restaurants that specialize in Pastrami sandwiches. But for fast food and those who don’t live in NY, Subways Pastrami Sandwich is pretty good.

    You can’t blame Subway because you have an issue with fatty food, that is why they offer other more health oriented subs. When I get one I get it mozzarella cheese, lettuce, green peppers, yellow peppers, onions, black olives and Subway’s Sweet Onion Sauce. Yes it is fatty and greasy, but every so often to have one is a real treat for those not living in NY

    • Dick on December 21, 2014 at 6:34 pm
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    You’ve got to be kidding. All gristle. Not even edible. Threw it away.

    • Real on February 12, 2015 at 4:23 pm
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    I got scammed into buying this sandwich. The price wasn’t shown on the poster and the most expensive subs on the menu board were 5.50 for the big meaty sandwiches. Boy was I scammed when I go to the register and it was 6.75 before taxes for the sandwich only. Maybe the prices are inflated on military bases for “premium sandwiches” ? It certainly didn’t taste premium. You could get a deli sandwich made beautifully with twice the amount of meat for that. At least post your prices scammers

    • Gross on September 16, 2015 at 12:36 pm
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    This sandwich was gross. The pastrami was over spiced – stringy as commenters said, and loaded with fat. By the time I got back home, the bread was soggy. I will not be buying this again, no matter how good they photoshop the food to look on the advertisments.

    • Pheobe Nantz on November 19, 2017 at 4:57 pm
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    I LOVED the hot pastrami sandwich.I got hooked on it when I lived in central Jersey. I live in Florida now, around Ocala and I am patiently waiting for it to be on special…

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