I can't believe I'm writing a post on turkey, of all things, something I almost always refuse to have on a sandwich, even, and never eat at Thanksgiving (I've gotten spoiled by my parents' boned and stuffed roast chickens, which--yum. It's almost November, right?). But here goes...
Last Friday I met a friend for lunch, and she promised me the best turkey sandwich ever. (Gotta love summer Friday afternoons off--I guess so everyone can go to the Hamptons? but it leaves lots of time for food-trekking.)
Not being a big turkey fan, I was skeptical, but I obediently followed her down the street. She stopped abruptly at the corner of Prince and Thompson, in front of a... convenience store? "Are we stopping for drinks?" I asked. "No, this is the place," and she led me down through the aisles of baby food and canned soup, where we found, hidden in the back, an ordinary-looking deli counter. "Ask for the house-made turkey," I was told (I had been considering something else, but at this point, I had to get the turkey). My friend went to choose her roll from a case next to the counter. You hand the guy your roll, ask for your sandwich, and off he goes. They're slow, but there's not a lunch rush or anything--not surprising, considering the way the deli is tucked in the back.
I was absolutely starving by this point--and I would've started tearing into my sandwich on the street--but my friend wanted to walk back to the park to eat. So we walked, and walked, and finally I made a beeline for the nearest bench. The turkey was still warm from the oven, and luckily I've managed to overcome my childhood mayonnaise phobia (btw, good thread about that, I forget what board), so the cool mayo, lettuce, and tomato (all tolerable, but worth it for the turkey) made a nice contrast.
Yes, it was just white meat, but it was incredibly juicy. "Maybe it was kosher," my mom offered when I told her about it. I don't think so, but maybe they've discovered brining. At any rate, they make this turkey every Friday (and only Friday--I checked).
Sorry for rambling about a boring turkey sandwich, but I was really impressed...