Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Earl of Sandwich - Simply the Best!


Earl of Sandwich

1750 E Buena Vista Dr, FL

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Food: 4.5
Price: Fair (for the quality)

As I still have a few reviews line up from my recent (now, not so recent) vacation, I thought I interrupt regular 'programming' for some 'breaking news' :). I had the best sandwich I've tried so far in my life and it just so happen to be a chain restaurant. If that's not 'breaking news', I don't know what is. First I avoid chain restaurants like the plague and second, I am not much of a sandwich person.
The Earl of Sandwich we visited was located in Downtown Disney, so it's no surprise that the line up was longer than the Great Wall. Here is a little piece of history I learned from the restaurant: in 1762, the Sandwich was named after its inventor, John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich. Although it was a fast food type restaurant, but they had nice decor with soft lighting. They also had a buzzer system (that's how busy they are), as soon as you place your order, they hand you a buzzer. The buzzer will light up and vibrate when your food is ready for pick up. This is certainly a first for fast food restaurants.After one look at a flier that was handed to me, I was sold. I immediately got in line for a Holiday Turkey Sandwich consisted of oven roasted turkey, hearty stuffing, cranberry sauce and warm gravy.The picture on ads always looks so much better, would you call that false advertisement? Anyways, this is what my sandwich looked like in day light and restaurant light. This sandwich was served similar to a Panini , except the whole bread is heated, not just the top and bottom. I guess that's why they called it a 'hot' sandwich. It is also by far the best sandwich I've tried. The mixture of turkey, stuffing, cranberry and gravy was heavenly, it's like a thanksgiving feast rolled into a sandwich. The sweetness of the cranberries is balance out nicely by the moist turkey breast and warm gravy. The foundation of a good sandwich really comes down to the bread, and this one is a sure winner. First off, the artisan bread is baked fresh when you order. It was buttery soft and moist in the middle, and crunchy on the outside. However, because my hard palette is really soft (oh, the irony), I got several scratches from eating this, but it's worth it. :)
We only intended to get one sandwich as a snack, but since it was so delicious, we had to get another one. This time we chose one called Caribbean Jerk Chicken, which consisted of grilled chicken, roasted banana and red pepper and spicy jerk sauce. The bread was just as good as the previous sandwich, but I prefer the stuffing of the first sandwich. It's suppose to be spicy, but really it was quite mild. Since their line up is super long, we thought we might as well buy everything in one setting, so we got a side of broccoli cheddar soup. The soup paled in comparison with the sandwich. It was a bit too cheesy and thick, with only very small bits of broccoli present. Also the thickness of the soup did not seem like it was intended that way, it was more like it has been sitting there all morning, and thus started to coagulate.

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Here are all the sandwiches that are available everyday at the restaurant. If I only had a bigger stomach or tried it earlier during my vacation. I was so tempted to buy a few and take it with me before I left. However these are HOT sandwiches, the taste would probably be compromised if it were eaten cold. It's $5.95 each, it may seem a bit pricey, but it's worth that price. In the end, I highly recommend trying Earl of Sandwich if you have a chance. Now I only wish if they could open one in Seattle.


Anita February 12, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Did you know that they have one in Las Vegas too?

Jenny February 12, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Yeah, at Planet Hollywood hotel right?
But that's still a bit too far... if they had one Seattle would be nice, no flying required ;p

Anonymous November 17, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Oh god how I love the holiday sandwich. I just got a flyer for buy one get one free at my local Earl's. I will be picking it up to go later this evening. *Drool*
I live in Sugar Land, Tx

Jenny November 17, 2010 at 1:29 PM

aww... I wish I lived close to Earl's... is their holiday sandwich still the same? or do they change it up?

Anonymous December 5, 2010 at 8:58 PM

I wish I knew the recipe for their bread!!!

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