This just came in the mail and I can safely state that I will never throw it out. I am a sandwich freak. Give me a good sandwich any day, any time. I think that’s part of the reason why lunch is my favorite meal of the day. A good deli, and I mean a REALLY good deli, beats a five-star restaurant hands down. I have had people behind deli counters say to me that some of the creations I order sound so good that they would have to try them. I take that as an ultimate compliment.
I grew up in a town that had four places to get sandwiches, two deli’s on the north side and two sub shops on the south side (one of each remains to this day even though the downtown area has (sadly) become a giant outdoor mall). One of the great things about working downtown was a sandwich from Tim’s (officially, Elm Deli). Roast beef, muenster, lettuce, tomato, mayo salt, pepper on a good jewish rye with a dense crumb and a crunchy crust. That was my idea of heaven. Plus the fact Tim was an awesome person – always smiling, running crazy. I watched his two kids grow up from running around the deli as little tykes to eventually working behind the counter with Mom and Dad. A true family place. On on cold winter days, Officer Bean, one of the local traffic cops, could be found behind the counter trying to get warm with a cup of coffee. I know it sounds so Norman Rockwell…and in many ways I guess it was..at least a 1960s/70s version.
I digress (yeah, that’s a surprise). I love making and eating sandwiches. One of my primary comfort foods is crunchy peanut butter and strawberry jam on soft rye. But a toasted panini with tuna, swiss, lettuce, tomato, roasted pepper, bacon with spicy mustard also does the trick. Every so often even the cafeteria at work has some shining sandwich moments. Today I had buffalo chicken, blue cheese, shredded lettuce and tomato salsa on grilled flatbread that was fairly awesome.
And who could ever resist the wholesome carbohydrated goodness of a fluffernutter????