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Brian Buys Us Big, Sweaty Sandwiches

May 12, 2012 10:11 am · Posted by Nancy Einhart

You may have noticed that I like sandwiches. The day my video came out declaring me a sandwich connoisseur, resident CEO and hoagie aficionado Brian Sugar offered to buy me lunch, on one condition. It had to be his favorite sandwich, what Brian calls a "big, sweaty sandwich" from Gambino's.

I love Gambino's New York-style subs, though I normally wouldn't order an Italian meat torpedo like this, stacked with ham, salami, and mortadella. But when the boss offers to buy everyone lunch, you get his favorite sandwich. And I must admit, it was delicious.

Here's what I love about a Gambino's sub: the shredded iceberg lettuce, the sturdy yet soft roll soaked with oil, and the generous dousing of red wine vinegar, which, as Brian points out, is underrated. The combination of the cool lettuce and vinegar with spicy, unctuous Italian meats just doesn't work as well with turkey.

Thanks, Brian. You have good taste.

Mr. Pickle's, I Presume?

July 31, 2011 8:24 am · Posted by Nancy Einhart

Ever since I saw the sign many years ago, I've wanted to eat at Mr. Pickle's for the name alone. Then I started hearing good things about the sandwiches, and that toque-wearing Mr. Pickle looked even friendlier. I finally tried Mr. Pickle's a few weeks back, and I was not disappointed — though, despite what some people say, it's nowhere near as good as Ike's. Click through the photos, then chime in with your thoughts.

Carl's Jr. Brings Out the Footlong Cheeseburgers

July 14, 2010 7:09 am · Posted by Nancy Einhart

Is it a burger or a sandwich? Or merely a monstrosity? In Santa Ana, CA, Carl's Jr. is testing a new footlong cheeseburger, which Food Beast suggests is an attempt to generate some Double Down-like buzz. It's basically a sub sandwich on what sounds and looks like subpar bread, with multiple burger patties as the meat filling.

I'd argue that this is more of a sandwich than a burger. Like a patty melt, it uses hamburgers inside another sandwich shape, as opposed to a hambuger, which is its own defined thing. What do you think? And would you try it?

Photo Source: Food Beast

Bonne Sante: Big Game Sandwiches in Burlingame

June 27, 2009 6:00 pm · Posted by Nancy Einhart

On the way back from seeing Animal Collective in Big Sur, we planned a stop in Burlingame to eat at the much-lauded Bonne Sante, recommended by local sandwich lover Mandy. The pitstop did not disappoint: huge, Italian-influenced subs stuffed with a rainbow of surprising ingredients. I wish I'd written down the names of the sandwiches we enjoyed, but I remember the gist. Mine had a thick, moist, herbed chicken breast with green pepper and some sort of berry jam/relish, which was a little too sweet but perfect by the time I had the second half for dinner. Andrew's was a spicy deal featuring chicken fingers and all sorts of other yummy flavors. The bread (French and Dutch Crunch) was fluffy like clouds and the veggies crisp and succulent. But really, these photos speak for themselves.