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DeRusha Eats: Which Wich Do You Choose in the Skyway Sandwich Battle?


I've been thinking this what this world needs is another sandwich shop. I mean, in downtown Minneapolis office towers we only have the choices of Subway, Jimmy Johns, Potbelly and Erberts & Gerberts. Actually, by my rough count, there are six Subways in downtown Minneapolis office buildings.

So why not add Which Wich into the mix?

Judging by the long line during a weekday lunch hour inside the skyway level of the U.S. Bank building at 9th & Nicollet, apparently downtown office eaters are hungry for another option.

See what I did there?

Anyway, Which Wich is a little complicated. First, you take one of ten categories of bags—things like Turkey, Ham & Pork, Beef, Chicken, Italian, Classics, etc. Then you take a red Sharpie marker and check off which wich you want. I tried the Italian Grinder (Salami, Pepperoni, and Capicola), while my colleague Rachel went with the Chicken category and opted for the Buffalo Chicken (shown above).

Then you select your bread, whether you want it toasted, and what you're going to put on it (lettuce, tomatoes, type of cheese, hot peppers, etc.).

Then you get in line to hand in your bag, pay, and wait for your sandwich.

Freaky fast, this was not. Although in fairness, there was a huge line and it was the middle of the lunch hour.

But guess what? The sandwich was good. I liked it better than the other sandwich places I listed—mainly because they don't skimp on the meat. At Subway, I feel like I taste the toppings more than the meat, which frankly is probably a good thing. When you pay $5 for a footlong sandwich, you probably don't want to taste the meat.

The hot peppers were hot and crunchy without being overly oily; the Capicola tasted like Capicola.

I got the house chips, which were pretty much ruffled potato chips seasoned with a healthy dose of salt and pepper. Not bad at all.

Rachel told me the buffalo chicken "solidly met my expectations for the price/venue, without exceeding them," which she defined as "a sandwich stuffed with pieces of buffalo sauce-doused fried chicken vs. deli meat, and chunks of blue cheese," which of course, you'd never get for under $9.

A 7" sub is $5.75 downtown, and the skyway spot is only open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There are new locations in Maple Grove, Savage, Blaine, and St. Paul's Highland Park.

Do we need another chain sandwich place? Which wich is your favorite?

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