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.
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.