For years, I've been connecting through Houston airport and longingly passing by a Schlotzsky's counter, but I never seem to end up there at meal time. This year, our stop en route to Pensacola fell around lunch hour, so we finally got to enjoy one of the muffuletta-inspired sandwiches.
We ordered the Turkey, Original-style; the Original is the sandwich that launched Schlotzsky's in Austin, TX. Featuring turkey, salami, three cheeses, onions, lettuce, tomato, mustard, and black olives inspired by muffulettas' olive salad, this Schlotzsky's sammie came on the usual giant round bread, which was just as tasty as I remembered. Overall, the sandwich wasn't as great as my previously experiences with Schlotzsky's, but for airport food, it was outstanding.
Rarely do I visit my parents in Pensacola without stopping off at Target. So when my mom told me a new sandwich place called Roly Poly had opened across the street, I felt obligated to go. Founded in Atlanta in 1996, Roly Poly specializes in wrap sandwiches, cold rolled or hot pressed, and has stores in 24 states. Remarkably, this was the first I'd heard of it.
The place was buzzing around noon, and what it lacked in atmosphere (pretty standard healthy fast-food shop) it made up for in choices. The regular menu includes more than 15 cold sammies (including a Cobb salad roll and a basil cashew chicken, to name a few) and even more hot ones. The hot rollups looked and sounded better, so that's what we got.
My mom ordered the Santa Fe chicken (chicken breast, melted jalapeno jack cheese, plum tomatoes, onion, and ranch dressing with a side of salsa), which was a little bland; we both agreed the salsa left something to be desired. I got one of the turkey wrap specials (pictured) with brie and swiss, honey mustard, spinach, mushrooms, and tomatoes, which was far more flavorful.
I'd deem Roly Poly a good option for healthy fast-food sammies, though the menu seems hit or miss. That said, I'd be willing to experiment to find more hits. Anyone have any favorites?
I've been known to sneak sandwiches into movies and — understandably — get a hard time for it. But at the Sundance Kabuki, you can order a sandwich and a cocktail to enjoy in the theater, making it my favorite movie venue and helping me justify my behavior.
Better yet, Kabuki's sammies, like the turkey club (below) and Kalua pork, are yummy and relatively easy to eat in the dark. I think sandwiches at the movies make sense — at least, a hell of a lot more sense than, say, hot soup, which I kid you not, I recently saw two people eating at the movies. So tell me: would you order a sandwich at the movies?
In my sandwich world, the holidays mean two things: homemade cornmeal molasses bread (baked by my father- or brother-in-law) and Honey Baked Ham, which always seems to make an appearance.
I look forward to both special ingredients all year, not to mention the occasional mini-sandwiches at holiday parties. As we bid farewell to 2010, here are three of the special sammies I had the pleasure of eating this holiday season.
Homemade cornmeal molasses bread elevates a standard turkey, cheese, and spinach sandwich with pickles (pictured above) to gourmet levels.
Honey Baked Ham, served on Christmas Eve, is reborn as post-Christmas leftovers on my father-in-law's homemade dinner rolls.
I got giddy when I saw these miniature lobster rolls at a holiday party, though they didn't taste quite as cute as they looked. Still, I appreciate the sentiment.
What sandwiches did you eat this holiday season?
My leftover turkey and sweet potato pone sandwich was good but not great. The sweet and savory combo craved a bit more salt. After debating between stuffing and mashed potatoes, I opted for the easier-to-spread taters and was not disappointed.
Yes, I felt a little gross after eating it, but what's Thanksgiving without a decadent, carb-laden sandwich to send it off?
I love a sweet and savory Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich, but I went home without any cranberry sauce this year. Thankfully, missing cranberry sauce is the mother of invention, and I'm amazed I didn't think of this sandwich sooner.
The secret ingredient: sweet potato pone, my old family recipe made with shredded sweet potatoes, pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices. I spread the sliced casserole onto toasted honey wheat bread then combined it with leftover turkey, romaine lettuce, dijon mustard, and Swiss cheese.
The sweet potato pone was perfect, and the sandwich held together surprisingly well. It was just missing something else salty; dare I try it again with mashed potatoes or stuffing?
I'm planning to make an epic Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich for dinner tonight, but until then, let's look to Anna for inspiration. She shared this very serious sandwich of leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, homemade cranberry sauce, and a recent revelation: veganaise.
What leftovers sandwiches have you made this Thanksgiving? Tell me in the comments or, better yet, take a photo and email it with a description of your sandwich to email@example.com.
I'm back, ladies and gentlemen, and so is Ike's! After a brief blogging hiatus to tie the knot with my sandwich-loving mate, I availed myself of the newly reopened Ike's Place, serving lunch Monday through Friday at Lime, the nightclubby Castro brunch spot. Though I heard that some customers had to wait a while to get phone orders filled, I had no trouble: we called at 12:30 to pick up sammies at 1 p.m. and enjoyed them in the Jetsons-like space of Lime. Emphasis on "enjoyed" — hello old friend!
On a recent road trip, Between the Bread reader Tiffany took in a sandwich from Big Town Hero in Ashland, OR, which is apparently a regional chain and a delicious one at that. Says Tiff, "Turkey, cucumber, lettuce, cream cheese. Very English. Super yum." Turkey, cukes, and cream cheese is one of my favorite combos.
Got your own sandwiches to share? Email a photo and a description of your sandwich to firstname.lastname@example.org.
After a sunny Saturday in Dolores Park, the gang and I headed to 500 Club in the Mission, which has long been one of my favorite dive bars but scores even more points now thanks to its alliance with Clare's Delicatessen & Late Night Kitchen. The next-door deli is super cute, and the sandwiches are above average, but the best part is you can place your order at the deli counter and they'll deliver the sandwiches to the bar. Our six-sandwich order was ready in a flash and deliciously fulfilling. Click through to hit the scene.