When you drop by your local Subway for lunch, you pretty much know what you’re going to get. Sure, you might come across a new sauce or a special sandwich from time to time, but for the most part the Subway menu remains blessedly unchanged, and you know that your order will taste exactly the same as it did last time. But Subway is a huge chain, with more than 44,000 restaurants in 110 countries, and there are some menu items that you can only find outside of the United States.
As with most fast food chains, the majority of Subway’s locations are franchises, meaning that they’re owned and operated by someone who purchased the rights to do so. At the same time, the Subways in each country are for the most part their own independent divisions of the larger parent company. These two factors equate to foreign Subways having a fair amount of freedom to tweak their menus and add on items that they think will be suited to the local audience. And some of these items are downright wacky.
Just about every fast food chain with an international presence offers some menu items that you won’t find in America. KFC Indonesia, for example, sells a cheese-topped doughnut; and in Australia, Domino’s offers $50 Wayu beef-topped burgers. Then there's Pizza Hut, which offers a “Birizza” in Sri Lanka, a Cheeseburger Pizza in the UK, the infamous Black Ninja Burger in Japan, and a Double Decker Pizza in Singapore; and the chain's hot-dog-stuffed-crust pizza, which was a hit in Asia, the U.K., and Australia, finally made its way to American shores earlier this summer.
If that over-the-top pizza is any indication, there’s no reason for popular foreign fast food items to stay the sole domain of the country in which they were introduced. So if there are any Subway items in this list that you’d really like to see in the States, there’s no harm in dropping the chain a line and letting them know! But until then, we’ll just have to be jealous of some of the menu items you’ll find at Subways around the world.