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God bless God Bless Deli

We’ve relocated to the Sandwich Capital of the World™. Unfortunately, It’s What’s Between’s entire staff quit or died en route, so now it’s just me running things again, Alex the editor.

So no more using the editorialI’ve relocated to NYC (yes, Brooklyn and Queens are part of New York City; as for Staten Island and the Bronx, I’ll let the Wu-Tang Clan and KRS-One explain) and am eating lots of unreviewed sandies. You surely don’t have lots of questions, but I’ll go ahead and answer the ones I expect you’d be asking if you were to ask questions.
Q: Are the sandies really better out East?
A: Yes. Boar’s Head meat is readily available, and a sandy fan needn’t to walk far to find a bodega slinging quality sandies at a reasonable price, regardless of the hour.

Q: But what about the pizza?
A: What about it? This is a sandwich blog, twit. But yes, the pizza is incredible, and a welcome diversion within a nearly all-sandwich diet.

Q: …
OK, I’m sick of answering your inane questions, so I’ll get to the point: Greenpoint’s God Bless Deli (GBD) is awesome. I eat there because they’re my neighbors, but the internets back me up on the joint’s quality. For $6 even, you can walk into GBD and get a bomb sandwich and a bomber of Żywiec without delay or hassle. That’s all I want out of life. Regardless of when I get home, I know GBD is waiting for me with some good, cheap polish beer and a good, cheap hero sandy. I grab my Żywiec, ask for an egg salad hero with tomatoes and mustard, and the dude at the counter makes it happen. The other dude at the grill inevitably produces the sandwich in about 90 seconds and I always go home happy. I hereby grant God Bless Deli Grocery the theoretically coveted 5-sandy prize for all of its sandwiches. If I ever get my image editing software working, I will make them a little golden sandwich icon to denote this. It’s kind of like the lifetime achievement award for sandwiches.

Note that in New York, a sub is a hero. Unlike Connecticut, where subs are grinders, and unlike Subway’s chain of New York-themed sandwich shops, where subs are subs. At the next meeting of the National Sandwich Council (Scottsdale, Ariz., Aug. 29: be there!), I intend to propose a country-wide long-sandwich naming standard. It seems clear to me that “sub” makes the most sense, as the sandies in question resemble submarines. But I’ll leave that debate for another post, as it’s a deeper issue than it seems.


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