Today in Taste Tests: Chain Sandwiches, Schweddy Balls, Foie Gras Doughnuts


It seems that taste tests, like geese, travel in flocks. Or at least that’s one way to account for the three that we’ve stumbled upon in the past six hours alone.

Over at Grub Street, No. 7 Sub’s Tyler Kord sampled a chorus of meat sandwiches from the newly opened outposts of the Potbelly and Earl of Sandwich chains. He wasn’t particularly enamored of either one: Both had roast beef sandwiches that tasted like “hot dogs,” and the chef even went so far as to say he would “pay extra not to eat” Potbelly’s greasy Italian sandwich. Earl of Sandwich came away as the lesser of the evils, thanks to a roast beef and cheddar sandwich that “tastes like roast beef, which is nice.” You don’t say.

Meanwhile, Gothamist busied itself comparing Do or Dine‘s much-hyped foie gras doughnuts to Faux Gras Doughnuts, a product of Dun-Well Doughnuts, which makes, yes, “artisanal vegan doughnuts handcrafted in NYC.” Given the Gothamist reporter’s taste for foie — “it’s savory fat mixed with sweet fat, what’s not to love?” — Do or Dine won, though the faux was rated “really, really delicious” if “a little too lentil-laden.”

And finally, The Huffington Post took it upon itself to render judgment on Ben & Jerry’s brand-new Schweddy Balls. The verdict? “There just aren’t enough balls to go around”; “not enough balls for an ice cream whose main selling point is ballage”; “it would be better if there were more balls.” Like Colonel Angus, sounds like it’s an acquired taste …