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Go Where the Wandering Foodie Takes You

Hagan Blount is a hungry man on a New York mission: “For thirty-one days straight, I will eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at NYC’s best restaurants with more than 60 of the city’s most influential food writers, blogging our every bite.”

On Monday, I joined him for two of his 93 meals: at Outpost Lounge in Brooklyn and Sal, Kris & Charlie’s Deli in Queens. A third of the way through his quest, Hagan has gained just four pounds – and his appetite is going strong.

If everything he’s eating is as tasty as Outpost’s lox bagel – and as deliciously cheap as The Bomb sandwich at Sal, Kris & Charlie’s – I can understand Hagan’s enthusiasm for his quest.

The Bomb. Photo by Hagan Blount
Photo by Hagan Blount

Stuffed with salami, ham, roast beef, provolone, American cheese, sweet and hot peppers, The Bomb is a $7 celebration of excess that reminded me of the legendary sandwiches my grandpa used to make at Eash Deli & Meats in Long Beach, CA.

The Bomb overflowed with the same paper-thin pile of onions, the same generous slather of mayo, and the kind of premium meats that grandpa always used.

The only thing that kept it from being a perfect sandwich was the bread: a little dry, a little airy, missing a sweetness that could play off the peppers and take The Bomb to another level.

In any case, I’d go back to Sal, Kris & Charlie’s for that sandwich – and I’ll be following Hagan’s culinary marathon at wanderingfoodie.com.

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  1. I used to live at 5th & Obispo in Long Beach, CA back in the 90s. My roommates and I got sandwiches from Eash’s 3-4 times a week. They WERE legendary!

    • Dave, that is so great to hear! And your timing is incredible: I happen to be visiting my Eash relatives right now — I shared your comment with them, and it made them really happy. Glad we’re not the only ones with fond memories of those killer sandwiches. Thank you so much.

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