Mr. Daaaavid KMetzzzzzzzz sent me this. Whattaguy! Does he know sandwich? Heck yeah, he does!!
While a student at RISD, one of my fave places to eat was Geoff’s Sandwiches on Benefit Street. It was in the #200’s on that street – less than a block from my apartment… I confess I couldn’t escape their sandwichtational pull!
It was the first place I encountered that had a vast assortment of offerings and great names to many of the sandwiches (this was circa 1973-78) – the Marlene Dietrich, the Jackie Kennedy, “Tosh’s Twister” – if my addled memory serves; hot ham and smoked turkey with melted swiss on rye with saurkraut and Tosh’s hot mayo/ horseradish sauce.
Geoff’s prepares most of their sandwiches in a pressure / steamer thing that melts the cheese and makes the ingredients get happy. Brought tears to my eyes from the heat, which I squelched with a cold Dr. Pepper. It wasn’t the Japanese wasabi mustard served today, but pretty close. There was something called a Bob Tomlinson that I also liked, but 30 years + have erased the memory of that one. Who was Bob Tomlinson?
One of my favorite combos at home for “sammys”, as my wife calls them, is preserved tuna packed in oil, a slice of hot (or sweet) capacolla, sharp provolone and the light green inner leaves of Romaine lettuce, all served on a widish sourdough baguette. Ooh La la! Preserved tuna is not cheap, but what the hey? Half a jar goes a long way. I don’t make a steady diet of these bad boys.
Don’t you roll your eyes at me, tuna snobs! Make your own canned tuna. Oh yum!