The Hunt: Team Purple’s picks for sandwiches

November 3, 2011

GLOBAL – Every week, The Purple Passport team goes out in search of a designated item in whatever city our team members happen to be in at that time. We wanted to share with you, our readers, some of our finds from around the world! This week’s theme, in honor of National Sandwich Day (and the 293rd birthday of the Earl of Sandwich!) was sandwiches, and here are some of our tasty discoveries:

Grilled cheese sandwich; $6.59
A1 Diner, Gardiner, ME

The Skinny: I love the way they slice the tomatoes super thin and layer them with the Swiss cheese so that everything is perfectly melted and grilled, and the rye bread has a nice chewy texture to it. Plus, the vintage diner setting is great–I usually twirl on a chrome-plated counter stool while I wait.


Roasted Turkey and Guacamole sandwich; $6.75
Pret-a-Manger, New York, NY

The Skinny: the “just in case” sandwich shop of Midtown Manhattan. With a dependability only akin to Starbucks in this city, you can bet that even when you’ve  run out of every other option, there’s still a healthy, wholesome Pret sandwich to be found.


Sweet Potato, Nicoise Olives, Mozzarella, Shallots & Basil Panini; $6.46
‘wichcraft; New York, NY

The Skinny: The perfect fall treat. ‘wichcraft always does great seasonal sandwiches and this baby is my new favorite – creamy sweet potatoes, gooey mozzarella, and bright basil all grilled together for one toasty sammy. It’ll be my go-to warm-me-lunch for the rest of the season.


A Wreck sandwich; $4.50
Potbelly Sandwich Shop; Washington, DC

The Skinny: Hot, thin slices of salami, roast beef, turkey and ham served with melted Swiss cheese and ‘the works’, which includes hot peppers that provide quite the kick. My sandwich was served, hot and fresh, and in a matter of minutes…followed by me finishing it off just minutes later. Potbelly’s goes down as a safe lunch bet for me.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop on Urbanspoon


Rapini, Sweet Italian Sausage, Roasted Garlic, and Asiago Fresca Panini; $6.50
Toast, Durham, NC

The Skinny: A delicious combination of a mild sausage with the rapini’s slightly bitter taste and the nutty flavor of the roasted garlic. And the mild asiago just tops it all off…Toast has some really innovative sandwich combinations, and this is definitely one of the tastiest!


Tuna melt; $10
Bee Desserts & Café; NY, NY

The Skinny: Rich in protein, incredibly fresh, and a great value, this sandwich kept me running for the rest of the afternoon and through a vigorous yoga class. The best part is most definitely the bread; the crusty French baguette brought me right back to lunch hour in Strasbourg, France. And the fact that I was able to eat this at a cute little café table in a West Village backyard garden was icing on the (savory) cake.


Chicken Shawarma; 6 AED (about $1.62)
Lebanese Flower; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The Skinny: Any sandwich that includes french fries is okay by me. This one includes shaved chicken, aioli, french fries, pickles, lettuce and cucumber. It is entirely wrapped in fresh pita, so I cut off the top to give you a peek! Shawarmas are favorite late night eat in much of the Middle East, and lots of people grab them to go.


Warm Focaccia with Arugula, Olive Oil, Truffle Pate, and Prosciutto Cotto; $9
Piccolo Cafe; New York, NY

The Skinny: Piccolo Café makes the best sandwiches ever—this warm focaccia sandwich is my current favorite. The touch of truffle is what makes it transcend a regular prosciutto sandwich and what keeps me coming back… Divine!
Piccolo Cafe on Urbanspoon


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3 Comments | Posted by Emily

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  1. I like this review! I wish I were still living in NYC; this would be an awesome review to find some cool sandwiches. I LOVE “wichcraft”; awesome sandwiches. I first discovered it when Todd Oldham ordered sandwiches there for our crew (most of us were vegetarian & we were doing a shoot with him).

    Pret a manger “is” one of those healthy options when you run out of places. ha ha..

  2. Jenn says:

    Hi Grrl Traveler! I agree! I posted the shawarma above, but found myself wishing that I was still living in NYC after reading the rest of these. My office was just a block down from a Pret A Manger, so that was often a go-to bet for me, but there are so many amazing sandwich options in NYC! Will need to hit them next time I’m there, for sure.

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