Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The perfect sandwich

I've been on the road quite a bit since mid June. I've been to about 28 states and I've put over 15,000 miles on my new Honda Fit (her name is "Conniption"...or "Nippy" for short - LOL!) And in my travels, I have found that I am in search of the perfect sandwich.

I love turkey. Not just for Thanksgiving or Christmas, but for every day of the week. I could eat a turkey sandwich for every meal quite honestly. But not everyone is as talented at making them as they should be. Sometimes it's the pressed/formed/chopped turkey meat that leaves you with heartburn and wishing you'd driven past the restaurant.

A truly memorable turkey sandwich is one that has you searching out for the store in future towns, setting your GPS to get you there in time for the lunch rush. I have found several in my travels and here they are.

Jimmy John's Club Lulu - otherwise known as the #16 is fresh sliced turkey breast, bacon, lettuce, & mayo. I get it without tomato. The key to Jimmy John's sammiches is the bread. It's amazing. It's not too doughy or over powering. It's the perfect accompanyment to the rich deli meats.

Firehouse Subs - I first found this place near my parents' house in south Alabama and boy, did they win me over. The Club on a Sub consists of smoked turkey breast and Virginia honey ham topped with Monterey Jack Cheese and crispy Bacon, served hot and “Fully Involved” - which means all the fixings. You know me, though, I get it with lettuce and mayo. This is a serious sub that can be halved between two people to save a little cash.

A little find was Geonetti's Specialty Subs in Roanoke, VA. They bake their turkey, ham, and bacon club and layer on some light mayo. Totally nummy and delicious. Sorry...no pic of the sammich...just a pic of the building.

Subway - when in a pinch, I'll go with their Subway Melt. it's made with lean and tender sliced turkey, ham and crispy bacon topped with melted cheese and served hot with your choice of fresh vegetables and condiments on freshly baked bread. Mmm. Not exactly on par with Jimmy John's and the other places, but the most convenient.

As a New Englander, I do truly cherish the after-Thanksgiving day turkey sandwich made with leftovers of turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce and mayo on wheat toast. A lot of restaurants in New England serve it as a "Pilgrim" sandwich. Had one recently on the road at D'Angelo's and they made themselves proud with it...a side of turkey gravy came with it for dipping.

So, there you have it. My obsession with the turkey sandwich. Do you have a sandwich obsession? What's your fav? Who makes it the best? Let us hear what you think!

Marley = )

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- from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


BookChic said...

Firehouse Subs is AMAZING. I love them. They opened one up here in Lynchburg, VA a few months ago and my roomie, her bf and I are all huge fans of the place and we go way too often, lol. The employees know us there and they're so nice to us (and all customers!). It's a fantastic place. And you know what's funny? My roomie gets the Club on a Sub as well but she gets it with only mayo. I always get the Smoked Turkey Breast with lettuce, mayo and mustard- best sub ever.

I love Subway too, but haven't been there in a long time. My dad and I used to go a lot when I was living at home but now that I usually only come home for a weekend, there isn't enough time to go there.

And when were you in Roanoke? Why was I not informed? I can't believe I missed it- would've been great to go meet you and get my copies of your books signed. Ah well, next time; hopefully you'll be back in VA soon.

Donna Gambale said...

This post made me hungry! I've been DYING for Thanksgiving leftover sandwiches. Only a couple more weeks!

TinaFerraro said...

Wow, what an interesting post! And like Donna, I'm hungry now!

When I was 9, my family and I drove cross-country, and for every lunch, I ordered a tuna sandwich and my brother a hot dog. I don't think we had the idea down yet of comparison and choosing the best lunches of the trip...it's just what we liked!

Marjolein Reads said...

I love subway! whe have that chain here too in holland, luckily and I love sandwiches with veggies(tomato, salad, cucumber) and lean meat like chicken and turkey. The best combo is veggies and turkey and a bi of mayo/mustard

Heather Davis said...

Ooh, those all look good, Marley. I had an amazing turkey sandwich at Benji's near Mequon, WI last week. So yummy!

Anonymous said...

Gushing over Subways? Next thing you need to discover is Quizno's, Ho hum. To bad you wasted your time when you were in Roanoke. You could've gotten excellent subs at Mac & Bob's in Salem or New York Pizza in Vinton, both locally owned and not a stinkin' franchise, and both delicious. You need to pay a visit to grilled onion dot com and learn something about food missy.

Anonymous said...

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