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Published: 07/06/2011 | 0 Comments Posted
"It’s on a bagel. It can’t be that bad.”
That’s what my boyfriend offered before we tried the new tuna salad sandwich from Dunkin' Donuts.
I consider it strange that DD even offers tuna. It seems like in the last few years they’ve tried to branch out product-wise to take over more of the lunch market, but why? They were doing great with the doughnuts and coffee. I mean, I understand breakfast sandwiches, but anything between bread beyond that seems unnatural. So of course I was curious. That being said, I would never, ever have eaten it if Drew Lazor wasn't too chicken to try it himself. [Ed.: I deserve this.]
We picked one up from the 16th-and-Washington DD this past Friday night. I opted to have the tuna on a plain bagel to avoid any taste interference, as I wanted to "experience" the tuna — after all, that's what the sandwich is all about, right? According to cashier, though, I'd made the wrong choice — he advocated for an "Everything." So your tuna salad needs everything to make it taste good? My apprehension skyrocketed.
This is what the sandwich looks like in ads (No food photography tricks were used in the making of this, I'm sure):
And this is what it looks like in real life (OK ... maybe they employed a few tricks):
A barely toasted bagel slopped with a pinkish-gray glob of tuna salad. Not the prettiest.
I cut the bagel in half and we chowed down. I must confess, appearances be damned — it's not bad. As a hater of mayo, I was a little grossed out by the excessively mayo’d salad that squeezed out of the sides of the bagel with each bite, but taste-wise, it's comparable to most most grocery-store-caliber tuna salads. Unremarkable. There were some green, wilted bits in the tuna ... I think they were supposed to be celery? With some crunchy lettuce, it would've been better, but who am I kidding? Dunkin' Donuts doesn't permit vegetables through their doors, right?
While it wasn’t totally repulsive, a semi-toasted bagel and some tuna amalgam does not a winning sandwich make. There was none of the filling vibrance of a true deli-style tuna salad sandwich, none of the refinement of a mayoless-but-minty summer tuna salad. It was just ... tuna salad. Gonna have to go with SUSPICIOUS on this one. Don’t waste your $3.28 — take the other fork in the tuna salad road and get a Shorti from Wawa. In addition to it being fully customizable, your sandwich's bread will be toasted, the tuna will be fresher, and you can get your veggie on.
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