Boulder's Jimmy & Drew's 28th Street Deli on the Food Network

Categories: Sandwiches

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Come to me.

Ask a Jew about his or her main dream in life. Some look for spiritual enlightenment, others just crave happiness. Most mothers want their children to finish their law or doctoral degrees.

But a few of us Chosen have set our sights on the Jimmy's Favorite sandwich at Jimmy & Drew's 28th Street Deli. Imagine a fantastic Reuben: melted Swiss, mouthfuls of sauerkraut, the tang of Thousand Island dressing, piles of warm pastrami -- and then get rid of the bread and throw the whole thing on a few fresh-griddled potato latkes. Oy vey.


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Spicy Pickle makes Pilgrims happy with the Harvest Panini

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Props to the Spicy Pickle for having the guts to roll out its new Harvest Panini, essentially a Thanksgiving -- or Pilgrim -- sandwich remade and given a less holiday-specific (or politically thorny) name.

I have a long and delicious history with Thanksgiving sandwiches but have bemoaned the difficulty of finding them in Denver -- outside of a few places, such as Pat's and Spinelli's.

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Cheba Hut's got a smokin' 4/20 deal and booze on the horizon

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Got the munchies?

If so, there's really only one place to be today: Cheba Hut.

"We are throwing a party system-wide," says Matthew Trethewey, spokesman for the Fort Collins-based sub sandwich chain, which has a dozen stores in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Oregon and celebrates its anniversary every year on April 20. "4/20 is our Christmas. It's our biggest day of the year."

To mark the holiday, all the Cheba Huts are offering a $4.20 deal that includes a four-inch sandwich, chips and a drink, all served in a commemorative, dated Frisbee. And since the Denver store, at 1531 Champa Street, is only blocks from today's massive 4/20 rally at Civic Center Park, Trethewey says they're expecting quite a bit of traffic.

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Lance Barto, exec chef of Strings, makes Moroccan flat bread

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Lance Barto, executive chef of Strings, 1700 Humboldt Street, is always playing with his menu, as are most chefs this time of year when the freshness of springtime calls for new ingredients and new dishes.

He's just added kesra, a traditional Moroccan flat bread, to his spring menu, the recipe of which is posted after the jump.

"We are serving a version that is lightly leavened by yeast," says Barto. "In the restaurant, we're grilling the bread and pairing it with our mussel dish, but you could use it for something similar at home, or more simply, it'd be a great vehicle for a dollop of hummus for a snack." Barto adds that you can even use it to make sandwiches, or eat it "straight out of the oven with some fresh butter."

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Wake up to the new Rise & Shine Biscuit Kitchen and Cafe

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"Rise & Shine was started by Seth Rubin after he decided working for others was a bad idea. He combined his love of great coffee and good, old-fashioned, Southern-style biscuits to create the concept of a biscuit kitchen and cafe."

According to its Facebook page, that's the back-story behind Rise & Shine Biscuit Kitchen and Cafe, which opened earlier this month at 330 Holly Street, in the same space that occupies Basil Doc's Pizza. The small chalkboard menu hustles plain biscuits (all of which are baked in house), breakfast biscuits and biscuit sandwiches, alongside jolts of java. Hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The List: Our Weekly Bread top ten sandwiches

After fifteen months of reviewing sandwiches, it's time to take a step back, time to consider what has passed between many, many slices of bread, time to take a break from sandwiches and offer a countdown of the ten best I've had.

It's easy to pick twenty good sandwiches, but narrowing those down to ten is hard. Still, eating all those sandwiches has given me some stomach fortitude, so here, in reverse order, are my favorite sandwiches of the past fifteen months.

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10) Spanish Ham and Cheese
Fisher Clark Deli
723 South University Boulevard, 303-722-2091
Nine bucks is a lot to spend on a sandwich, but the ingredients used here are so good and so fresh that I always find a stop is worth it. On this sandwich, I'm not sure what I like better -- the incredible, tangy-sweet onion and pear jam, or the ham and chorizo, or the soft, fresh focaccia made Bluepoint Bakery-style. Fair warning: Try to take small bites, as the meat is piled high. Yes, just try to take small bite - if you can.


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Our Weekly Bread: Sputnik

Categories: Sandwiches

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The sandwiches: Benny Mac and Persian Chicken Sandwich
What's on them: The Benny Mac is a breaded chicken cutlet, with mac-n-cheese, bacon and BBQ sauce; the Persian chicken is spiced chicken meatballs, mild roasted green chiles, lettuce and tomato, harissa and tahini.
Where to get them: Sputnik (3 South Broadway, 720-570-4503)
How much: $9 and $8

Macaroni and cheese is a meal in its own. So are chicken fingers. Shwarma is a meal in its own. So is spaghetti and meatballs, turkey and stuffing, and tortilla Española.

So why would someone take something that is already lunch or dinner and turn it into a sandwich?


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Lenny's on Lincoln offers curbside service

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The staffers at Lenny's Sub Shop at 726 Lincoln Street watch a lot of traffic roll by their windows every day, especially at rush hour, when that traffic rolls very slowly.

So what did these enterprising sandwich makers do? They set up a little curbside stand where a Lenny's employee will hand off sub orders to anyone who calls ahead. The only problem: after two weeks, they have yet to see a customer there.

But no matter: The Lenny's crew is too upbeat to care. Besides, the manager believes she'll start seeing some business eventually, especially in the mornings, since Lenny's offers a wide range of breakfast sandwiches.

Lenny's a large Tennessee-based chain with only four spots in the metro area, but the Lincoln Street outpost is only one with a curbside stand - basically a rolling valet stand with a sign. And while some restaurant chains, like Ruby Tuesday and Outback Steakhouse, have offered curbside service for a while, most of those have a parking lot.

Lenny's, on the other hand, has a single parking meter out in front where the stand is set up, and if the curbside service eventually takes off, it could be a real traffic stopper.

Our Weekly Bread: Larimer Hot House

Categories: Sandwiches

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The sandwich: 'Atsa Turkey Meatball
What's on it: Sage and cranberry turkey meatballs, melted provolone and marinara sauce on a roll.
Where to get it: Larimer Hot House (2810 Larimer Street, 303-292-3008)
How much: $7 for the sandwich; $10 for a meal deal

A couple of years ago, I started my quest for the perfect meatball recipe. The idea was to make a meatball that was as good as what I'd eaten at any number of Italian joints in any number of cities across the United States.

My quest was short-lived, however. After the second recipe left me with dried-out meatballs over-filled with fennel, I gave up. The meatball seems so easy, so simple, but it is not, and I envy and admire anyone who can make a good meatball.


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Our Weekly Bread: Fat Jack's SuperSubs

Categories: Sandwiches

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The sandwich: The Fax
What's on it: Turkey, bacon, choice of cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, mayo and mustard
Where to get it: Fat Jack's SuperSubs (1245 East Colfax Avenue, 303-830-7827
How much: $6.99

I'm a big fan of quality. But dammit, I like quantity, too.

So the name Fat Jack's sounded more and more attractive today as I ravenously watched the lunch hour slip by, fifteen minutes at a time. And when I finally escaped the office and made it to Colfax, I wasn't disappointed.


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