Well, it came, the glorious review of Earl's a really hot place for "ready made sandwiches". In the Tribune's wonderful format that really allows the reviewer to reach, we get this selection for "Second Helpings" (i.e., the good stuff): "a simple ham and cheese stands out [because the ham is] minimally processed." I guess we should not cringe, I mean chowhound users just have higher standards than to look for meats that are a bit more than minimally processed.
If the Tribune needs some better examples of where to send their Cheap Eats crew, they may want to check out the following sandwich list, which, by the way, fails to include Earls.
On an un-related, but media related note, anyone notice the New York Times has finally caught up to the VI obsession with concord grape?