Subway is a great restaurant to stop at for a fresh sandwich made right in front of you, but not so much when you have kids just standing there staring at the goods without an utter clue as to what they want. Make the ordering much easier and get through the Subway line a lot faster by following a few little tips.
Before entering the Subway restaurant, have written down what each kid wants, from the type of bread to the toppings, meat, and cheese. Go over the list with each kid to make sure you have the order down right, clear down to the mayonnaise and the Parmesan cheese, if they want it. Keep these lists handy in your car for future reference.
When ordering, get the kids’ sandwiches out of the way first, ordering from the list. Grown ups in general already know what they want, and the ordering process in the Subway restaurant is far easier for them than the kids, who just stare blankly at the see-through partition window. Let the kids know that their order is done, and have them choose a table so they aren’t bugging you in line.
Order just one or two of the sandwiches in meals, and get a generic choice of soda or other beverage, like Sprite or root beer, for everyone to drink from. This saves money and keeps the kids from begging for individual drinks and chips or cookies.
Don’t allow the kids to change their minds once they get to the counter. You have the list of what they wanted already, you’ve gone over it with them, making sure it’s what they really wanted. Kick the kids out of the line and make them choose a table while you order to prevent the pictures and what they see in the line to keep them from begging for something new.
If you’re getting the meal to go, still have the kids choose a table to wait at anyhow. It’s amazing how having the kids waiting out of the line makes things much easier, avoiding kids tugging on your pants and interrupting you every 5 seconds and getting you all confused. You can place all the individual orders as quickly as possible, get your bags and chips and sodas, and get out with the least amount of distraction possible.
If all else fails, and nobody knows what they want, get a few foot longs in a generic turkey or ham, with minimal toppings, and have each kid just eat the same thing. When we go out to Subway, we always just make the kids decide in the car if they want ham or turkey, and get them a basic meal. If they know what they want, fine, but we’re not sitting in a parking lot for 10 minutes waiting for them to figure it out. Sometimes you just have to make the decision for them to make the ordering process that much easier. Everybody’s satisfied that way, and we’re not annoying everybody in line for 15 minutes.