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AP Deli Tuesday Night

Old School | Oct 15, 2002 09:57 PM

Just returned with two corned beef sandwiches after an unpleasant drive both westward and eastward on the being-paved-as-we-speak North Avenue.

I made a point of ordering the sandwiches on Kaiser rolls without mustard. What I received both had mustard, and were on what I can only describe as the lamest, cheapest, about-to-be-stale rolls I've ever had. Still, the corned beef itself was very good, and I didn't notice any chemical or additive taste at all. Quite garlicky, though. No bad bites whatsoever.

While I was in line, I struck up a conversation with the only other folks who were there, an older African-American couple, who looked at bit down at the heels. I asked them if they had ever been to AP before, and they hadn't, telling me a friend had told them about it. I said it was the same with me (not going into the detail that "my friend" was--like myself--some obsessive/compulsive gang of food people on a website.) As I paid for the two sandwiches, I remarked to my customer companions that $13.65 seemed like a lot for just a couple of sandwiches -- and the woman looked at me a bit incredulously and said, "well, then, maybe that's a sign of how good they're going to be."

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