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Eastern District: Quality sandies from the northern district

Good cheese, good meat, good bread, good condiments. That is winning in its truest sense.

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A bit of history, first. The have good prosciutto here, which is a hammy meat I've come to enjoy a great deal. The first time I encountered prosciutto was at a fancy pizza place in Denver. I ordered it with the pronunciation "pro-SQUEE-toe" and was harshly corrected by the waitress. I never said it like that again. But I do refuse to over-pronounce it like Giada De Laurentiis. I maintain that it's "pro-SHOOT-oh" and that any Italiany flair above and beyond that sounds pretentious. As much as I loath 'mericanism, I maintain that it's our right, nay duty, to 'mericanize non-English words. I'll allow that homage is pronounced "oh-MAAge;" I'd hope you'd allow the courtesy that guacamole is "guak-a-MOLE-ee."

Anyway, if you want an excellent sandwich made from high-grade cheese and meat, you can find one at Eastern District at 1053 Manhattan Ave. in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. They're sandy wizards with their finely cured meats and properly cured cheeses, not to mention their bread ... which also seems especially appropriate.

Eastern District is extra special to me not only because it's close to my current abode (in the northern district of Greenpoint, Brooklyn), but because they sell the magic substance that's sought by all who sample it: Bacon Marmalade. Perhaps, like me, you grew up in a household that treasured both bacon bits and patiently melted, spreadable butter. Bacon Marmalade says "screw that  I am perfect and will hereby be your new best spread." And you will listen, and you will like it.

That said, you should visit Eastern District if you're in the area, and if there, I recommend picking up a jar of said marmalade. You should probably stock up on some beer, rare cheese and oddly flavored spreads and/or chips, as well. I don't know where you live or how you got here (maybe the new East River Ferry?), but trust me on this being a solid stop on your journey.

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