It's time once again to gently nestle a new blog entry between two slices of bread. So let's squirt on some mustard and get started.
As I mentioned earlier, the best thing a sandwich place can offer is a drive-through window and that's what you'll find at Great Outdoors on Greenvile & Park. Your sandwich mileage may vary but all too often my sandwich time is rushed so something simple like not having to get out of my car is a big incentive.
There's a variety of subs on the menu and I went with the Invention. It comes with buffet ham, provolone, cream cheese & fresh mushroom. After a bite, my first impression was how good the bread was. Very soft and tasty.
Too many sandwich makers see bread as an afterthought, but true sandwich geniuses realize it may be the most important ingredient (yeah, that's right!). The mushrooms and cream cheesed worked great together to create their own unique type of sauce and the ham did what ham does best: it was ham.
Moving forward, we move backward. Most towns, at one point or another, have a nostalgic soda fountain type restaurant. They typically go out of business after about 15 minutes but the Highland Park Soda Fountain on Knox & Travis has been hanging in there for a while and is a very popular lunch spot. (UPDATE: Yeah, it went out of business)
In celebration of this, I went old school with my lunch order and got the Grilled Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich. It comes with, you guessed it, peanut butter and jelly and is then grilled to perfect. You may scoff at the idea of grilling this lunchtime staple but I've found that, as awesome as peanut butter is, it becomes a billion times better when you heat it up (try it yourself). I was worried about how the heat would affect the jelly but after all these years it's still the perfect compliment to it's peanutty partner.
It's also always good to get grilled bread that maintains a soft texture without the roof-of-you-mouth-scratching phenomenon that typically comes along with the toasted bread on sandwiches. This one is a great take on a timeless classic.
Jen's Place Bakery is an unassuming place on Alpha near the Tollway but once inside you can see how popular it is. It was another packed lunch spot with specific lines for eating in or for taking out. Menu items range from breakfast to lunch to fresh baked cakes and pies.
I chose the Greek Chicken Sandwich. It comes with chicken breast, feta cheese, creamy cucumber sauce, lettuce, tomato, and onion. Similarly to the first sandwich in this post, there was the mingling of ingredients to create a new type of sauce. When the feta and cucumber sauce got together they gave birth to a much superior sandwich ingredient. The chicken was very tender and the bread had a great texture. The overall flavor was understated but satisfying.
If you're not hungry after three entries in our Sandwich Tour of Dallas then you either a) already recently finished a big meal or b) you don't like things that taste good. Either way, go out and try some of these!