It’s a number-themed sandwich week! Sherrel and I have been eying the Eli #10 for quite a while now because it’s *huge.* We were thinking of getting just one this week because of the size but since we missed a week, we decided that we had to go with two and that we’d just eat less of it. Since we were unprepared with a decision for the accompanying sandwich, we asked for advice. When Blair, the owner, was asked what would go well with the Eli #10 the response was “An antacid.” Ultimately though, he suggested the Red 5 and we’re glad that he did.
Let’s start with the monstrous Eli #10.
As you can see, this thing is a monster. Sherrel actually took a moment to ponder the best angle for cutting the beast.
This sandwich is every bit as big as it looks and sounds. The Italian roast beef was outstandingly seasoned. It was bold with just the slightest bit of a crispy texture but still tender, extremely flavorful, but not overly salty or in your face. I could have eaten just the beef and been satisfied. However, that was just a fraction of this monster sandwich. This sandwich suffers a little bit from the “it’s hard to get an all-inclusive bite” disease, but if you can manage to get one, it’s worth it. The coleslaw is necessary to balance out the strong beef and the hot sauce. Speaking of which, the tabasco-style sauce runs a thin stitch through the flavor profile and ties everything neatly together. Unfortunately, I was only able to get one, maybe two all-inclusive bites before I managed to eat all of a single ingredient. This left every other bite lacking the grandeur of the few golden bites from the middle, but it was fun to have each one be a surprise.
The fries this time around were a welcome addition as opposed to my experience with the Delaware Water Gap Nonie. If you recall, I believed them to be a bit soggy and useless, especially if you take any time at all to eat the sandwich. This time around they were more crispy, seasoned with just enough salt and pepper to make their presence known, and they added a great deal of value to the sandwich. I believe that it’s because they were more crispy, but it’s possible that it was simply that the sandwich is less juicy the the Water Gap. Either way, I liked them this time around.
Let’s move on to the Red 5, a sandwich that really surprised me:
This sandwich brilliantly displays how the peppery parmesan can play a multiple roles. Normally, when combined with pepperoni, it gives the sandwich and all out dark and peppery taste (which I love) but when combined with the cucumber, it makes the delicious creamy cucumber flavor spread throughout the sandwich. I was floored by the versatility of the parmesan sauce.
The beautifully grilled cheese bread forms a somewhat hard, but very thin layer at the top and bottom of the sandwich that offers a unique resistance to biting but one you pass it, the sandwich just melts in your mouth. It’s a truly unique biting and chewing experience, as odd as that sounds. This sandwich, while a bit difficult to get your mouth around, especially if you have a dainty mouth or TMJ, is easy to eat once you get it in your face. Meaning, it goes down very smooth. But ultimately, I can’t say enough about how brilliant the cucumber and parmesan combo is.
See you next week!