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Catch this napkin-requiring sandwich at your local Seattle Subway. But hardly anywhere else.

Recently word got around that Subway is teaming up with Frito-Lay to offer a new sandwich with Fritos packed inside. It's still in the trial phases, though, being tested in two far-flung U.S. locations: central Florida and Seattle.

On a nationwide level, Subway is keeping quiet about this curious new concoction—presumably a response to all those people who already add chips to their sandwiches—but here in Seattle, the company is running radio ads and displaying posters in store windows proclaiming the existence of the elusive Spicy Chicken Enchilada Melt.

So after working through the initial shock that such a sandwich exists, the spirit of service journalism compelled me to track down this rare breed of sandwich and experience it for myself. I set out to my nearest location, hungry but wary.

Ground chicken, coated with spicy orange enchilada sauce and topped with a garnish of Fritos, gets packed into your choice of Subway sandwich bread. 

I opted for the 6-inch sandwich on flatbread with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, and no condiments, save for the saucy enchilada goodness. My, um, sandwich artist warned of an impending mess and prepared my bag with some extra napkins. He also added the remainder of my snack-size Fritos bag, containing the crunchy corn chips that didn’t make it in my sandwich.

Expecting a bizarre blend of flavors and textures, I unwrapped my sandwich preparing to take only a few bites for the experience. One bite led to another; I actually enjoyed the way these ingredients mixed.

The Fritos, sprinkled evenly atop the enchilada chicken, added just enough crunch to complement the other ingredients without overpowering them. Amazingly, the sandwich also stayed intact throughout my entire dining experience. I ended up needing just one napkin.

Whether or not Subway decides to offer this unusual concoction nationwide—and whether the company can reconcile this with its health-conscious marketing—remains to be seen. However, if finding this sandwich not remotely as bad as I expected constitutes approval, then count me in.

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