I'm generally a fan of Johnnie's. For one thing, it's in my neighborhood. For another, it's open late. And thirdly, they have cold beer, which I like with a sandwich.
Lately, I've been much preferring their chili dog, which I was tipped to here.
Last night my football playing son was starving after practice and he loves hot dogs so I said "How about Johnnie's." He said great, but he wanted pastrami.
I had a chili dog and he had the hot pastrami.
And, because he's ten and can't finish a whole one, I reached over and had a forkful of the pastrami.
Man, was it bad.
I was so disappointed.
It was almost cold and so fatty it felt like a rubber band in my mouth and had no flavor at all.
I didn't reach over for a bite with an ounce of skeptism. No "let's see how good this really is." I assumed it would be good, my Johnnie-memory was positive.
And it was lousy.
He didn't finish his sandwich and I had no desire to take even one more bite. We just left it there.
I didn't say anything, either, because he's a kid and if he wants to like it, I didn't want to wreck if for him. And my chili dog hit the spot (if you run out and try one and don't like it, don't blame me -- I'm not saying it's the greatest chili dog on earth, it's just the greatest chili dog in my neighborhood that's open after football practice and I like if fine), so it wasn't a waste.
But I don't think I'd every order a pastrami at Johnnie's again. (I might have the shrimp sandwich though if he wanted to go back and I wasn't in the mood for a chili dog. And the pickles were good, too.) I'd say Johnnie's signature dish has really gone down hill.