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Feature launch: Supermercado Sandy Spectacular

Never mind the poorly translated headline — this new feature has nothing to do with Spain. This is actually a tour of supermarket delis’ sandy offerings.

The tour’s inspiration came from Mark, a renowned Denver-based cartographer and sandwich enthusiast.

I felt like it would be cheating to order any custom sandies, because then I’d just get my favorite fillings and it would be subjective and complicated and wrong. So I only ordered pre-made sandwiches, or at least pre-planned ones with clever names that I could order from the delicatessen’s menu.

Round one featured the big three Colorado-based supermarkets: King Soopers, Albertsons and Safeway. Round one is now over. I know you hate surprises so here were the results:
  • First Place: Safeway
  • Second Place: Albertsons
  • Third Place: King Soopers
  • Runner-Up: Cub Foods (stores all gone, not sure where they went)
Each store's specific results are coming soon.


Mark said…
I am beyond anxious to read the reviews of each. Your #1 was no surprise, as Safeway makes a solid sandwich, but what did make me think twice was Albertsons placing second. For whatever reason, I disregarded Albertsons as a contender and have therefore never ordered a sandwich from their grocer's deli. I have, I think, learned my lesson.
Alex Headrick said…
Albertsons' upset may have been due to the awfulness of Kings' entry. In round two, if I get around to it, may need to be the same sandwich three times over for fairness.

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