[Snacking by Wilfrid: October 19, 2009]
I do not know that I am obsessed yet with the myriad creations of the sandwich man at Sunny and Annie's Deli on 6th St and Avenue B.
It may just be that I find myself here too often after watching post-season ball games at Manitoba's across the street.
Petulant note to Sam Sifton: Sunny and Annie's actually is across the street from Manitoba's - No.1 Chinese is not (I have a long memory). Avid readers will recall that I have enjoyed the Pho sandwich in the past. Let me see if my memory can do justice to the "Joe-Bama" and the "John Carry" (don't ask).
I believe I have a good handle on the Joe-Bama, which eats like a red sauce Italian entrée - a good one - on a roll. Chicken cutlet is the foundation. Add mozzarella, pepperoni, red onion, lots of sparkling fresh basil, "spaghetti sauce" and you have an explosion in the mouth. Chopped walnuts and pine kernels give the texture a twist. I liked this.
Now the John Carry, good enough, but not quite at the Pho/Joe level (oh, he has hundreds of these, written neatly on little postcards, and I may have tried a few more by the end of the World Series).
I may be missing a couple of factors here, but that's a lemon chicken cutlet (not at all dry), with lettuce and tomato - hmm, and some other green leaf perhaps. The flavors riding shotgun this time are chipotle and avocado. Mighty spicy sandwich, but I did have a structural problem: every time I bit into it, the avocado exited stage left (or right, it's a manner of speaking...). A tricky one to handle after extra innings.