My sole criterion for picking yesterday's lunch place was that it had to have a parking place directly in front of it so I could eat while watching my kid sleep in the car. I pulled into a spot--with a broken meter, no less--in front of Grub N Go, an unprepossessing sandwich place in downtown Berkeley. Their hot Turkey Cranberry sandwich was masterful. It came on a ciabatta roll (other choices available) wrapped in foil, nicely crunchy yet appropriately soft and yielding. Freshly-roasted turkey, very moist, plenty of cranberry, but also mozzarella, fresh basil leaves, and tomatoes--sort of a caprese sandwich meets Thanksgiving dinner, which made for continual mouth surprise and delight. There were spinach leaves too, and since they steamed a little from the hot meat and melted cheese, they didn't give me that weird tooth feeling that raw spinach sometimes does. And pepperoncini on request (I requested, of course). I got to eat it at a table on their tiny sunny patio. Pretty darn satisfying for six bucks, and the cold version for $3.95 sounds like a total deal.
What's more, it proved a little slow getting my sandwich because I got there during the lunch rush, and when I stepped back to the counter to bleat about my blood sugar crashing, the manager gave me a free drink, because he "wants all the customers to be happy!"
Grub N Go
2109 Allston Way (btw. Shattuck and Oxford)