Dish's menu unites fresh sandwiches, full-flavored salads, and pristinely parmesaned pastas in the global fight against sandwich-shop simplicity. The hummus- and feta-laden Mediterranean veggie sandwich ($8.00) encloses a sea of beets, pine nuts, and cucumbers in a perimeter of lavosh wrap or multi-grain bread, and the tiger-shrimp and bacon sandwich ($10.00) is served with caper-dill cream cheese. Pastas such as the linguine picatta or pasta puttanesca can be ordered as standalone meals ($9.50 each) or served alongside a chicken ($12.50) or shrimp ($13.50) entree that uses either free-range poultry or free-reign shrimp that were born into a uniformly diminutive aristocratic family and controversially presided over an entire crustacean kingdom.
Rex's Deli heaps meats from New York and Chicago onto deli sandwiches and doles out generously portioned comfort-food classics. The 1-pound T-Rex sandwiches anchor the menu, their density of corned beef, pastrami, or a combo of both creating a gravitational pull capable of holding napkins and small cars in orbit. Flaky Icelandic cod is hand-dipped and fried to a golden crispness, and corned beef cooked fresh daily shares the limelight with cabbage on a dinner plate or goes solo between a bread back-up band. For breakfast, the new york strip steak and eggs supplies a propulsive dose of protein to fuel a day of hunting down telemarketers to thank them for their generous offers. Diners can hop on the establishment's free WiFi as they indulge.
When he cofounded his first sandwich shop in 1965, 17-year-old Fred DeLuca planned to use his profits to pay his way through medical school. But the combination of quality ingredients and friendly service at the shop?then called Pete's Subway?proved so popular that nine years later, he and his partner found themselves in charge of 16 locations across Connecticut, and Fred left behind his doctoring plans for a career in business.
Today, Subway restaurants number over 34,000 around the world?almost as many shops as there are sightings of Elvis buying cold cuts. At each location, staffers pile sliced ham, marinara-slathered meatballs, and other fillings into halved loaves of bread before customizing handhelds with tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and other healthy toppings plucked from chilled containers behind the counter. Salads free crisp veggies from bread's overprotective embrace, and crunchy baked chips or apple slices accompany entrees to tables. Subway's website also facilitates health-conscious eating by listing each item's nutrition information and fastest mile time online.