Iâ€™m happy to have Tio Wally (long-time Me So Hungry reader) aboard to send in his eating adventures from across America. Here he is in Asheville, North Carolina.
Greetings from Asheville, North Carolina
N 35Â° 34.936â€™ Â W 082Â° 36.237â€™ Â Elev. 2208 ft.
Itâ€™s funny what you can find when you leave the land yacht and wander around. Such was the case recently when I was parked in one of my â€œsecret spotsâ€ in Asheville â€” okay, West Asheville.
I awoke early on a Sunday morning and, knowing that my favorite Sunday Brunch spot had stopped serving Sunday brunch for the season, went looking for something to eat. Although Iâ€™d parked in this spot many times Iâ€™d never wandered into the little strip mall that adjoined the little side street I called home.
Much to my surprise the place is a goldmine of foods. There is a little Mexican market with a deli/cafe in it; a tiny Chinese take-out place; an American burrito place; and a sandwich place called Jersey Mikeâ€™s Subs.
Jersey Mikeâ€™s caught my eye because they had a Grilled Pastrami Rueben on the menu. But it seemed kind of pricey; $6.55 for a regular. I donâ€™t know why that seemed like a lot at the time, but it did.
Nevertheless, I bit the bullet and ordered the Rueben (pastrami, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing on a French roll) and … good gawd yâ€™all, the thing felt like it weighed about two pounds. I lugged my booty back to the yacht and, geez Louise, it was absolutely awesome.
So good was it, in fact, that I promised myself Iâ€™d get another one next time I was there, regardless of whether I was hungry at the time or not. I knew they are as good cold as they are hot because, at nearly 8â€ long, I couldnâ€™t finish it all in one sitting.
So keeping my promise, I went back to Jersey Mikeâ€™s in Asheville to get another Grilled Pastrami Rueben and was soon faced with a real dilemma: I wanted another Rueben but the special that day â€” they have a different one every day â€” was a Jersey Mikeâ€™s Famous Philly with chips and a 22 oz. drink for $6.99, only 4Â¢ more than the cost of the regular sandwich.
Who could possibly pass up a deal like that? Not me. But I also wanted the Reuben. So I did the only thing a quick-witted, logical sailor would do: I got both.
The Philly (grilled steak, American cheese, onions and peppers) was great, too. The steak was really tender and generously piled on. It was all I could do to finish it.
While I was waiting for the sandwiches I noticed how fresh the vegetables in the cold station were, and that the tomatoes were actually red and ripe. I mentioned this and was told that they get their veggies from the Asheville Farmerâ€™s Market, which is truly the real deal, a world class Farmerâ€™s Market. Itâ€™s amazing what a huge difference ripe, farm fresh veggies make flavor-wise, especially when compared to a certain ubiquitious sub-par sub chain; I think that particular chain busses its produce in on a phantom, once-monthly Wolverine.
And so we roll.
Jersey Mikeâ€™s Subs, 1341 Parkwood Road, Asheville, North Carolina, with locations scatted nationwide
Tio Wally pilots the 75-foot, 40-ton(max) land yacht SS Me So Hungry. He reports on road food from around the country whenever parking and InterTube connections permit.