This sandwich tour of Erie marks my one year anniversary and I am going to switch some things up a little. The first change will be the cost. I am going to try and spend no more than $20 for two people to eat out (not including tip). That is saving only $3 a day for a meal out for two people. The second change involves you. My tours typically have been eight weeks long. Now, the first seven weeks will be the normal restaurant visit. The eighth week, however, will involve you. All you have to do is enter (starting next week) for a chance to come eat with me. I typically eat on Monday nights so make sure you are available before you enter. I will draw a name from the list of entries and contact the winner for the eighth week. I am very excited about this chance to eat with some readers and I hope that you are as well. Now, on to this week’s review.
Papa Joe’s has been one of my favorite places to get subs and sandwiches in Erie since I moved here in 2003.
I had an idea of what I wanted when we got there, but still wanted to look at the menu. Amanda glanced through the menu at the counter as well. I absolutely love the Winger sub, but I felt like I should mix it up from what I normally get. I asked one of the employees what he recommended and which sandwiches were popular. He told me that the Chuck Norris, which happens to be Amanda’s favorite, was probably their best seller. He also recommended any of the deli subs and said that their pastrami was awesome. Amanda went with the Chuck Norris with a side salad and I ordered the No Joke Pastrami with a cup of black bean soup.
The food came out in good time. Both sandwiches looked delicious and I couldn’t wait to eat. The No Joke Pastrami was a little on the funny side. It was a pretty plain as far as pastrami sandwiches go. The pastrami itself had really great flavor, but it was heated a little too long which made it tough. The toppings on it also gave it more of a burger taste than a pastrami sandwich. The mayo and yellow mustard could be replaced with a good thousand island or Russian dressing and it would really lose that burger feel. It was a decent sandwich, but I don’t think I would order it again.
The Chuck Norris sub is always a winner. I am not too sure why it is called the Chuck Norris, but it is delicious. With a very Mediterranean feel, it is loaded with spinach, feta, tomato, mushrooms, mozzarella, black olives and turkey. This sandwich has a huge depth of flavor. Spinach and feta always go together and are especially delicious with all of these other ingredients melted together. Black olives tend to be a little over powering, but they really blended well and came through with a subtle olive taste. This is easily one of the best sandwiches on the menu.
My total bill for the two sandwiches, salad and cup of soup was $16.17 plus tip. Papa Joe’s is a great easy way to have a good meal out at a good price. You will see me back for more soon.
Until next time,
Andrew – Beard vs. Food