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Which wich offers simple, filling and affordable subs

A good sandwich doesn’t have to be hard to find.

My first job, when I was 14 years old, was making sandwiches for forest firefighters. I learned at a young age that the key to a good sandwich is consistency and freshness. I’ve had a love and respect for food ever since.

A sandwich I had at Which Wich, a sub-style sandwich shop near the University of New Mexico, reminded me those days.

It was simple, fresh, affordable, and filling: perfect for college students on a budget, busy professionals, hungry firefighters.

My sandwich started with sliced turkey breast and Swiss cheese. I added a few veggies and some condiments and then finished it with garlic and dried oregano on top. The regular cost $8.78 and came with a small bag of chips. To make it a meal, I added a fountain drink and a chocolate chip cookie.

Which Wich is a Texas-based chain of sub shops catering to hurried lunch crowds. Diners grab a brown bag when entering and then build a custom sandwich on paper, or choose from a list of standard sandwiches, including BLTs, Philly cheesesteaks and gyros. Toppings and condiments pretty much cover all the bases, without many surprises.

Which Wich has multiple locations in Albuquerque. (Jason K. Watkins/For The Journal)

A cookie from Courtney’s Cookies was the perfect finish to the meal, though I should have shared that with a friend.

The whole meal costs around $10, making it one of the best options for a budget lunch near UNM. Comparisons to another giant sub sandwich chain are unavoidable, but Which Wich is a higher-class version of Subway with better ingredients and slightly higher prices.

The staff is friendly and attentive, even during the lunch rush.

It’s also a good alternative to the deep-fried fare you’ll find elsewhere along Central and near the university. A quick, fresh, filling sandwich for a few bucks is hard to find. You can even order online and skip the wait, although Which Wich doesn’t deliver.

Albuquerque is home to three locations (the Central location in the Bricklight District, 8110 Louisiana NE, and 5600 Coors NW). Service at the Central location is excellent. Walk or ride a bike, if you can, because parking is scarce during business hours.

The restaurant has a good selection of vegan and vegetarian options, a gluten-free menu and even a few children’s items that will appeal to picky eaters. And, like all good sandwich shops, it’s available to cater your next affair.

Which Wich sandwiches are consistently good, made with the freshest ingredients. They’ll fill you up, and they cost less than $10.

2 1/2 stars