Thursday, September 01, 2011

Bowie Restaurant Project: (13) Quiznos

Quizno's is now closed.

For an explanation of the Bowie Restaurant Project, look here.

For a collection of all the Bowie Restaurant Project entries, look here.

Quiznos, 15477 Excelsior Dr

Most Recent Foursquare Check-in: 8/31/2011
Total Foursquare Check-ins: 2
Pre-Foursquare Visits: Yes
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

At least it's not another Subway.

I had started to prepare a post tying Quiznos' severe financial difficulties to their decision to get rid of the Honey Bourbon Chicken, my favorite sandwich. A little bit of Internet research, however, indicated the continued presence of the Honey Bourbon Chicken sandwich on their menu, which did not square with my recent experiences. So another in-person visit seemed to be called for.

Although the Bowie location does not offer on-line ordering, the Quiznos site helpfully provided a phone number for me to call in the order. This seemed great -- if they denied the existence of the sub, I could write my review based on my previous visits and the absence of the HBC. But as it turned out, the HBC is still there -- or perhaps it has returned; that will remain a mystery.

Ultimately, what Quiznos is about is the opportunity to have a notch-above-fast-food experience. Because it's the only Quiznos, and it provides a respite from the sea of Subways in Bowie, I'll keep it at 2 stars.

The location itself is kind of awkward. It's in the Bowie Town Center mall complex, but not really in the mall part. It's sort of near the Safeway, but not right next to it. It's as if someone decided to shoehorn a strip mall inside the mall. It's not a big deal, but as a newly-minted Bowieite (Bowiean?), I am disappointed in the poor layout -- if also you go almost anywhere else in the mall, you're going to get into your car.

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