Restaurants & Bars 9

Sandwich rapture

ketchupgirl | May 18, 2007 05:44 AM

Finally made it up to Arthur Ave after a trip to the zoo--and had the best sandwich I've ever eaten. Other than hamburgers, I didn't think I even liked sandwiches that much. Have been trying to figure out how to move to the neighborhood to visit more often. Trips to the zoo are going to be a lot more frequent over the next few toddler years. Had never been to the area and went straight to the indoor market--it's much smaller than I'd pictured but what a charming place. Was very hungry and in a hurry and went straight for Mike's deli sandwiches. Several firemen were waiting for their lunch so ended up with the towering inferno (smoked mozzarella and smoked prosciutto) and the fireman's s special (fresh mozzarella, ham, salami, roasted peppers, tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes and lettuce--and something else I'm forgetting). It was insane. Took it to go and ate it in the car before getting on the Bronx River Pkway--and expected to eat half of one sandwich and save the rest for dinner and the weekend. There's no way to describe how perfect the fireman's special was--balsamic vinegar usually overwhelms but might have been the key ingredient, the vegetables melted together without any parts sticking out more than they should, the crusty fresh bread held it all together even though the whole thing dripped all over the street (yes, car door open with moans of ecstasy coming from inside the car). How can a sandwich embody all that it did? I don't know but need to find out--are there other sandwich places closer to home (Brooklyn) with something this special? Thanks in advance!

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