Subway just started a huge menu revamp on July 13, 2021. It boasts 11 new or returning ingredients, 6 new sandwiches, and 4 improved subs. We are here to tell you what has changed and review the new Cali Fresh sandwiches.
Subway’s New Menu Items
This has proven to be the largest menu revamp in Subway history with more still to come. This change is so massive that it is being referred to as the big Eat Fresh, Refresh.
So, what are they changing?
They are adding 11 ingredients that they claim will make for a much fresher and tastier sandwich experience. These include:
- Artisan Italian Bread (new)
- Hearty Multigrain Bread (new)
- MVP Parmesan Vinegarette (new)
- Smashed Avocado with only 2 ingredients (new)
- BelGioioso Fresh Mozzarella (new)
- Hickory-Smoked Bacon (new recipe)
- Oven-Roasted Turkey (new recipe)
- Steak (new recipe)
- Black Forest Ham (new recipe)
- Rotisserie-Style Chicken (returning)
- *Coming Soon* New and Improved Roast Beef
The new meats are seasoned more and sliced differently.
Along with the new and improved ingredients comes six new subs and 4 improved subs featuring them.
- Turkey Cali Fresh (reviewed below)
- Steak Cali Fresh (reviewed below)
- Rotisserie Style Chicken
- All-American Club (reviewed below)
- *Coming Soon* Subway Club
- *Coming Soon* Roast Beef
- *Improved* Steak & Cheese
- *Improved* Oven-Roasted Turkey
- *Improved* Black Forest Ham
- *Improved* Chicken & Bacon Ranch
We were curious, so we got three of the new sandwiches to see if the new menu is worth it. Keep reading to see details and ratings for the Turkey Cali Fresh, Steak Cali Fresh, and All-American Club.
For more information on the many menu changes, check out this page on the Subway website.
Turkey Cali Fresh Sub Review
*NOTE: We checked with 3 Subway locations before finding one that had the ingredients to make these subs. The one we ended up ordering from was short-staffed and confused by the new menu, so we weren’t able to get all the subs made to match menu descriptions. For the most part, they weren’t too far off.
The Subway Turkey Cali Fresh Sub ingredients, according to their website:
“Hearty Multigrain, Regular Mayonnaise, Spinach, Tomatoes, Red Onions, Bacon, BelGioioso® Fresh Mozzarella, Oven Roasted Turkey, Smashed Avocado”
Ours was missing the spinach and onions, but we added them on our own. Also, the bacon was not included.
Lynne ate the Subway Turkey Cali Fresh and said that it “tastes as fresh as it looks” and the avocado went well with the sandwich. Her favorite parts were the new Hearty Multigrain bread and the overall freshness of the ingredients.
- “The avocado tastes so fresh!”
- “The bread has a good texture.”
- “This fresh cheese is surprisingly creamy.”
- “That was better and more filling than I expected.”
Rating: 8.5/10 (Excellent)
Steak Cali Fresh Sub Review
We also had to add our own spinach and onions to this sub, but everything else was correct to order.
The Steak Cali Fresh ingredients:
Hearty Multigrain, Regular Mayonnaise, Spinach, Tomatoes, Red Onions, Bacon, Steak, BelGioioso® Fresh Mozzarella, Smashed Avocado
D ate this sandwich. Because I am also the one posting this, I will switch to first-person pronouns for my portion of this review.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Steak Cali Fresh sub and feel like the quality of ingredients took this sandwich eating experience to a whole different level.
The avocado and fresh mozzarella taste really good together and add a degree of freshness that has hasn’t been found at Subway. Pair those with the perfect taste and texture of Subway’s new Hearty Multigrain bread and you’ll find what makes the Subway Cali Fresh subs unique and delicious.
The steak is supposed to be an updated ingredient with a new recipe. While I did notice that it was a cut thicker than usual, it tasted the same as the steak prior to the menu revamp.
I am surprised at the quality of most of the new ingredients. I will definitely consider eating at Subway more often once more stores and employees have had time to obtain the new ingredients and get used to the menu. It was rather slow and chaotic in Subway today.
Rating: 9/10 (Excellent)
All-American Club Review
The new All-American Club includes:
Artisan Italian, American Cheese, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Red Onions, Bacon, Black Forest Ham, Oven Roasted Turkey
The one we got included everything but the kitchen sink. Granted, the food reviewer that chose this sandwich did make a few minor changes to the base sandwich. They added honey mustard, switched the bread to Italian herb & cheese, and asked for no tomato.
The Sandwich Artist was very overwhelmed by the ever-growing line by the time they got to this sub and accidentally went a little crazy with the vegetables. Once we picked off the jalapenos, bell pepper, olives, spinach, pickles, and cucumber that somehow ended up in the mix, this is what the All-American Club looked like:
B chose to review this one and decided it was a nice take on a club sandwich.
The new hickory-smoked bacon included in their sub “is much better than the prior bacon.” The other meats didn’t seem to have changed much, but that didn’t stop this from being a “pretty tasty sandwich” and getting high marks from B.
Rating: 8/10 (Very Good)
Summary: A Fresh Success With A Lackluster Rollout
We were pleasantly surprised by the sandwiches we tried today from Subway. They really took their menu up a notch, and we can’t wait to try other revamped menu items.
While the food received high marks, our experience trying to obtain the subs is a different story. As noted previously, not all Subway locations near us have the new and improved ingredients, which caused the one that did to be extremely busy. Combine that with a staff shortage and things get hectic.
We feel like a nationwide menu change of this magnitude should be rolled out more carefully to ensure that stores have the necessary ingredients and are ready to move forward.
At our local Subway locations, the Cali Fresh Subs are $6.29 for a 6-inch and $10.89 for a Footlong. The All-American Club costs $5.69 per 6-inch and $8.89 for the Footlong. They are worth the money if you can find a Subway that is able to make them for you.
Have you tried the Subway Cali Fresh subs or the All-American Club? We would love to hear about your experience.