But the Subway issue caught my eye when it showed up in my unit in a report from a colleague,
"Reward offered for information leading to the discovery of the whereabouts of a six inch Subway Italian Bravo Mike Tango with lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, salt, pepper and spicy mustard on a nine grain honey wheat bun. Subject was last seen at approximately 1300 hours Tuesday in the west most refrigerator in the lunch room wearing a Subway wrapper surrounded by a cellophane Subway sandwich bag."
Being the ever on alert, stalwart professional, I replied
"So we're looking for the unsub?"
I will happily eat a cold Subway sandwich if the alternate is most burger type fast food. Actually, I'd eat a live carp if the alternative was Hardee's but that's just my preference. My former Squirrel Partner used to hyperventilate over the original Hardee's Big Shef. Taste is very much an individual thing.
But for "sub" style sandwiches, there is no competition for me.
Bellecino's Grinders. They are located in IN, MO, Ohio, Illinois and Michigan and possibly other states. (www.bellacinos.com)
There's all sorts of stories about the origin of the name of the Grinder, and the difference between one and a "Sub" sandwich. One story regards a A New London shop (Capaldos Market?) who made sandwiches and sold them from a cart at the entrance to the Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton during WWII. The sandwiches were a favorite with the welders and grinders (the guys who grind the weld down smooth), and were usually called "Grinder's Sandwiches", later shortened to Grinders.
Not that I have anything against "subs", but once you've had a hot Grinder it's hard to go back.
The one I stop at frequently is the Bellecino's in Plainfield IN as it's not far from the Indy airport, being only a few miles West of the terminal. I try and eat before I go on a flight, to avoid the "carbon dated for freshness" airport sandwiches.
The Plainfield location is spotlessly clean and the young man that takes the ordersthere most days that I stop in pre or post travel is very welcoming and makes sure everyone has good food and good service.
All of their locations have really good pizza (they put huge pieces of bacon on the bacon /pepperoni pizza), salads, lasagna and other oven baked pastas and $2 and change garlic cheese bread you'll want to order every time.
This is Partner's sandwich one day when he went with me. This is a HALF, not a whole (the six inch Subway is hiding in a closet now).
I don't like cold tomatos so here's my plain turkey grinder with just lettuce. It's probably not as "blog photo pretty" as some of the sandwiches with all sorts of Italian Meats and real bacon on them, but this is my favorite, "pre-flight" sandwich. But I just took these for pictures of a fun day, not intending to post them until the whole Subway debate reminded me I should tell readers about this hidden little gem.
Again, this is HALF of a sandwich. The menu said this was 9 inches. I didn't bring a ruler, but I'd say. . . based on a forensically trained eye :-) yes, that is, at least.