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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Time Out Cafe, Wayne, NJ

Where: Time Out Café, Wayne, NJ
What: The New Jersey
Build: Shaved Boar's Head Provolone cheese, ham, salami, capicola, prosciutto, lettuce, tomato, onion, oil & vinegar, mayo, oregano, fresh Italian bread.
Comment: It's been a while since I've strayed from burger reviews, but seeing as the title of my blog states "Mostly" burger reviews, on occasion, I do have an obligation to publish other foods when I feel they are above and beyond the norm. And that's exactly what this sandwich is. My son gets the credit for finding this gem. Who'da thought a world-class deli sandwich is being made at a gas station in New Jersey?

Historically, sandwich names have varied based on their geographic origins. To name a few: “Hero,” New York; “Grinder,” New England; “Hoagie,” Philadelphia; “Torpedo,” NE Tri-state area; “Poor Boy,” St. Louis; “Po' Boy,” Louisiana; “Blimpie,” Hoboken, NJ; “Zeppelin,” Eastern Pennsylvania; “Italian Sandwich,” Maine (how creative); and of course, the “Submarine Sandwich,” New Jersey/New England (for me, this compilation of meat and cheese will always be called a "Sub"). You can Google any of these names and read the full history of exactly how these sandwiches obtained such diverse epitaphs.

‘Nuff said, now onto the meat. I ordered the "New Jersey" which was billed as the "huge" sub stuffed with everything from menu item #2 through #5. (How could I not order this?). I then watched as the Boar's Head cold cuts were hand-cut to my order and layered with the precision of a diamond cutter. The finished product was wrapped, hefted over the counter, and placed in my hand. That's when I realized my little 8-inch sub was nearly a full pound! I salivated for the full 5 minutes it took me to get home, placed it on the counter and reached for my camera. The rest is history, as you'll see in the photos.

I'd like to acknowledge the fact that it's downright heartwarming to know someone finally realized it doesn't take much to outdo every other quick, mini, or on-the-go mart associated with gas stations; you really can serve good, fresh food for customers on the go. My advice to 7-eleven and the like: "watch your back”; Time Out Café is making it happen. In fact, I put this sandwich above the White House Sub Shops in Atlantic City. Yes, yes I do.

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