Been five years plus since I ate a hoagie straight off the counter at a sub shop. Just didn’t find any place I could trust. The other week I heard about this place called Jersey Mikes, a small chain originally from New Jersey. This past weekend we went there for a quick supper. I normally eat meals full of produce and clean proteins. But for once I wanted to indulge my cravings for an Italian hoagie full of good meats and cheese. Don’t forget the lettuce and tomato!
So when I asked for a gluten free roll they started cleaning; after finishing the last customer before mine they washed, cleaned and changed their gloves after washing their hands. A big piece of sub wrapping waxed paper and they started to build my sandwich. Full of three or four kinds of ham and the like. Three slices of provolone, lettuce, tomatoes and a good sprinkle of oil and wine vinegar later it was ready. Sliced in half and wrapped tight. I splurged with a bag of chips: the full surrender to oinky food!
It was glorious! Meaty with ham, prosciutto, capicola, salami and pepperoni and that creamy provolone cheese. They topped it with lots of the green stuff: shredded lettuce and there was pretty good for February tomatoes sliced nicely. The Udi hoagie roll was okay; not great but not bad, a touch dry; I pulled off some of the surface as I just don’t enjoy eating a lot of bread. I like it balanced by the meat filling and the light dressing. I couldn’t quite finish the entire sandwich so I wrapped up the remaining bites and had them the next day. Still yummy.
The staff was very friendly and totally accommodating. The counter girl even asked me how I liked it after I had eaten about half of the hoagie. They made me feel comfortable in my request for safe gluten free food and that was huge.
So, I didn’t get glutened, I got fed. I conquered my fear of eating in a fast food sort of chain restaurant that serves gluten rolls in the same location as my gf meal was prepared. Perhaps that seems small to some of you but for me it was a big leap of faith and I did feel rewarded. Success: a safe meal that I didn’t have to make, it satisfied a real craving and I conquered a fear I had been struggling with for a long time. Success.
There are lots of other menu choices at this friendly little eatery: next time, a steak sandwich sounds perfect!