Arizona Daily Star | Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 12:00 am
Ron Medvescek/Arizona Daily Star
Whether they’re stuffed, baked, fried or filled, sandwiches are a fare of the heart.
“People like sandwiches better than anything,” said Beth Jorgenson, owner of Jorgie’s Cafe and co-creator of the OMG sandwich, a grilled roast-beef invention that was added to the menu in February.
“You can add stuff to a burger, but it’s still just a burger. With sandwiches you can do so much more.”
Many Tucsonans are devoted to delicious local heavyweights such as Baggins, Eegee’s, Beyond Bread and Luke’s Italian Beef.
National chains like Jimmy John’s, Subway, Schlotzsky’s, Quiznos and Jason’s Deli (which opened near Park Place mall last weekend) have discovered that Tucsonans have an insatiable appetite for sandwiches.
And Firehouse Subs, a nationwide deli chain that specializes in steamed subs, is slated to open in August at Marana Marketplace.
For this survey of some of the exceptional sandwiches you can find around Tucson, we wanted to point out places you might not have discovered or even heard about.
After logging a couple of hundred miles driving around the metro area, our quest took us off the beaten path into sandwich shops, Italian and Asian restaurants, an organic bakery and even to a gas station.
“I think the ma-and-pa’s are overlooked so much,” Jorgenson said. “We give you the best sandwich in town.”
Did you know?
Some say John Montagu, fourth Earl of Sandwich, invented the sandwich in the 1700s.
Montague actually didn’t invent the sandwich. He first witnessed sandwiches and grilled pita being eaten while traveling in the Eastern Mediterranean and brought it back to England.
Sandwiches weren’t called sandwiches in America until the late 1830s, according to the “Encyclopedia of Food and Culture.”
Wings and Rice
5502 E. Pima St.
•Sandwich: Horseshoe ($8.75)
•Description: This is a perfect sandwich for a fall-off-the-diet wagon.
The Horseshoe is two open-faced fried pork cutlets on a slice of white toast. But here’s where it gets better: The meat is covered with 10 ounces of fries that are then soaked with eight ounces of Cheddar cheese sauce.
If that’s too dire of a diet decision, the Pony Shoe ($5.95) is one pork cutlet, seven ounces of fries and five ounces of cheese.
It’s not the kind of sandwich you’d expect at a place that describes itself as “an eclectic blend of cuisine from Buffalo to the Pacific Rim.”
Manager Warren McCollom said that the Horseshoe originated at a hotel in 1928 in Springfield, Ill. “Every restaurant in Springfield you go to – they have their own version,” said McCollom, noting that Lona and Ken Kang opened Wings and Rice in 2006.
•Serves: L, D daily.