Which one is for you?
Legend has it that in 1762 Britain’s fourth Earl of Sandwich ordered meat to be served between two slices of bread to avoid interrupting a gambling game. It may be rumor or propaganda, but people have been following his fast-food idea ever since.
No doubt, the earl would heartily agree that today’s fast-food spots serve people’s needs. He probably would be surprised at the variety of food combinations that Americans place in breads and buns. Top of the list could well be Which Wich that advertises more than 50 varieties of sandwiches.
We could have tried a different sandwich every week for a year, but time and deadlines limited our dining adventure at the Which Wich on Siegen Lane. So we settled for five delicious sandwiches, just touching on the endless possibilities at this jolly good sandwich shop.
Stop first at a large wall board listing sandwich categories including meat, chicken, turkey, ham-pork, seafood, vegetables, etc. Pick up a to-go bag so you can check off what you want using a red Sharpie. Select a small ($5.50), medium ($8.25) or large size ($11) and type of bread. Check off hot or cold, and the extras you want. There’s a long list of different ingredients, including cheeses, spreads and sauces, mustards, mayos, dressings, veggies, onions, oils, spices and more. Write your name on the bottom of the bag. Take it to the counter, order a cold drink or a shake and pay the cashier.
By the time we picked out drinks (sodas and tea at $1.75) from an automated dispenser, our names were called and our sandwiches in our individually marked bags were ready to go. Considering the place was filled with a bustling lunch crowd, the timing was amazing.
The Italian meatball sandwich on wheat bread was filled with small meatballs with Italian seasonings, a mild marinara sauce and parmesan cheese. A sweet chili sauce, honey mustard, and fat-free Italian dressing added extra zip to the sandwich. . In addition, our salad-loving companion added mozzarella, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, bell peppers, jalapenos and black olives to round out his choices. The chicken cordon bleu on wheat was filled with tender, moist chicken slices and nutty-flavored melted Swiss cheese. It was dressed with a generous helping of delicious creamy avocado, caramelized onions, Dijon mustard, 1000 Island dressing, lettuce and tomatoes.
A favorite choice was the delicate crab and artichoke sandwich on white bread, dressed with mayonnaise, red onions, lettuce and bell peppers. We suggest adding a peppery sauce to give it a bit more zip. Also popular was the muffuletta. Although we missed the texture of authentic Italian bread loaf, this is an excellent sandwich version with a generous amount of mild salami and ham rolled and stuffed with a tangy olive salad mixture. The traveler in our group gave a nod of approval to her specialty sandwich ($7.50), an authentic Philly cheese steak. Originated in the historic Italian neighborhood of Philadelphia, the sandwich was loaded with thinly sliced beef, sweet caramelized onions, bell peppers and melted provolone cheese. The company is currently offering a South of Philly version made with Cheese Whiz.
Overall, our team voted Which Wich a convenient and friendly place. You can also order a salad bowl lunch or breakfast sandwiches (including green eggs and ham with pesto) any time. There are two caveats. The sandwiches are all packed with ingredients. A medium size can easily serve two at one meal. If you’re planning take out, go light on your dressing and sauce. The bread is extremely fresh and tends to get soggy.
If you have a sweet tooth, Which Wich makes a wicked strawberry milkshake so deliciously thick that you almost need a spoon.
We didn’t have any children with us, but Which Wich was filled with families. It’s a boon to parents since each person gets to choose his or her ingredients. Better yet, there’s a special Kidswich list, including peanut butter and jelly, grilled cheese, cheese pizzawich, turkey, ham and roast beef. You can also get it with crust or no crust. Drinks include milk, chocolate milk, juice or soda.