August is National Sandwich Month.
Well, that seems like an easy holiday (holimonth?) to celebrate. I asked some readers to share their favorite local sandwiches, hoping maybe you might get a lunch or dinner idea out of it.
Daniel Moore commented on The Dish blog (journalgazette.net/thedish) and recommended the Mamma Mia sandwich at Broadway Deli (504 Broadway St., New Haven). The sandwich features ham, pepperoni, salami and any other available topping you like.
He threw chicken salad on a croissant out there as a close second.
Mike Wilson of Wabash wrote in that his favorite is the pot roast sandwich at Bob Evans (with 10 area locations). The menu describes this sandwich as “slow-roasted beef, carrots, grilled onions and American cheese, piled high on grilled sourdough.”
Linda Wiik of Fort Wayne called in to tout the ham and cheese at Toscani Pizzeria, which she says is made with Italian meats and parmesan.
Fort Wayne Insider, which calls itself the official blog of Fort Wayne, has a number of posts devoted to the best local eats, including the grinders at River Bend Pizza & Ribs (7410 St. Joe Road) and Laycoff’s Tavern (3530 N. Clinton St.)
If I’m going to throw my support behind a single sandwich, I have to go with the classic Philadelphia cheesesteak at Penn Station (four Fort Wayne locations).
Part of the Penn Station love comes from simple nostalgia; I grew up in a northern Cincinnati suburb, and the local Penn Station was my favorite place to eat. The Philadelphia cheesesteak is as good as it gets, as far as this gal is concerned.
Order with extra mushrooms, light onions and a touch of mayo. And be sure to get some fries with your vinegar. And a chocolate chip cookie. And a lemonade.
Speaking of which … today is Free Lemonade Day at area Penn Stations. You’ll receive a lemonade or fresh-brewed iced tea free with your sandwich order.
•Sushiya-US (2882 E. Dupont Road) has debuted a new menu. It is large, almost overwhelming, and includes 46 special rolls, such as the Harry Potter (crab, cucumber and avocado covered with salmon, baked and topped with sauce and salmon roe) and the 007 (deep fried spicy tuna, cream cheese, crab and cucumber topped with spicy mayo and sweet sauce).
•Another sushi restaurant has joined the scene in Fort Wayne. Bangkok Thai Restaurant and Sushi Bar (6735 W. Jefferson Blvd.) opened this month next to Moe’s Southwest Grill.
The restaurant’s Thai specialty is its pad Thai, says Maung Wan, a server at the restaurant. The dish includes stir-fried rice noodles with eggs, fish sauce and peanuts.
So far, Bangkok’s best-selling sushi rolls have been the Bangkok Special Roll, which features tuna, salmon, eel, avocado and crab topped with tuna, shrimp, spicy sauce and eel sauce; and the President Roll, which has eel, crab and avocado topped with eel, masako (fish eggs), spicy sauce and eel sauce.
The restaurant offers sit-down and carry-out service as well as $7.99 lunch specials daily.
The space that currently houses Bangkok Thai was formerly the meal-preparation center Supper Thyme USA, which was open from 2005 to 2008.
Lebamoff’s Cap n’ Cork at 1031 Broadway is hosting a free beer, liquor and wine tasting from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.
The tasting will include seven wines, including four VineSmoothies; 12 liquors, including seven vodkas ranging from American Harvest Organic to Skinnygirl; and 12 beers, including two Bell’s beers and two Left Hand beers.