Sandwich Sunday: Pastrami “Italiano” on Rye
I’ll be honest with you: typically I avoid “mom and pop” sub shops and deli’s like the plague. It’s not that I don’t support the independent small business or shun the concept of roadfood, but rather that I find the prices of such destinations too be a little too much for my liking, and not worthy of the ho-hum ingredients you usually get. Subway may not have the best sandwiches out there, but I’ll take a $5 footlong any day.
That being the case, every once and a while I get a hankering to check a new place out. I used to work near this small sandwich shop in the back of an old strip mall. Labeled simply as “Italian Delly” it always struck me as out of place. There never seemed to be any cars there, and even to this day, whenever I drive past it, the place seems dead. On a recent trip to Dunkin Donuts I said as much to my sister, who replied “hey, they’re actually pretty good.”
While she’s hardly the culinary giant (need I bring up the ketchup packet incident) I trust her judgement on such things, and made an impulsive stop at this seemingly anonymous “Delly” earlier this week. Long story short, I’m glad I did.
C&B Deli’s motto is “good for your belly” and my belly is thanking me after purchasing a Pastrami Sandwich on Rye for $6.25. This was what I like to call your typical “two-a-day” sandwich: the kind of meaty, thick-portioned meal-in-and-of-itself monster that can get a high school football player through a grueling summer’s practice. With thick-cut seeded rye bread and a generous portion of lean, juicy pastrami it was definitely a winner. Even though the Pastrami was lean and tender it still retained it’s moisture well, and had a nice smokey fat cap that melted in my mouth “like buttah.” It wasn’t overwhelmed by black pepper, but had a nice subtle sweetness from the seasoning blend that balanced the earthy heat. The veggies were all incredibly fresh while the deli-style mustard was spread judiciously. A firm undercarriage of sweet peppers, pickles and oil only contributed to the moistness of the sandwich, adding a nice touch of spicy-sweetness that married all the flavors together nicely. The bread was not the least bit soggy and held up extremely well considering the amount of moisture on the interior. Subway may have trademarked “sandwich artist,” but the woman who made my sandwich pulled off a Picasso on this puppy.
I’m usually not the kind of person who’ll bust out more than six bucks for a non-specialty sandwich, but good quality pastrami is tough to find if you don’t have a classic deli nearby. And while C&B’s offers a wide variety of Italian specialty meats and cheeses, the pastrami is a real winner here. Maybe not enough to get me to bug out of my value-menu eating ways, but definitely a solid option for an occasional splurge or treat.
Check them Out: C&B Deli
Your Turn: Mom and Pop Sandwich Shops? Worth it?