Matt Bonner’s Sandwich Hunter: Nov. 10, 2009 pg.2

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"Boston Deli" turned out to be a great find. The entrance to the shop was very interesting. There was a small sign in front of some fire escape stairs on the side of an indiscriminate building. You walk down these narrow steps and into the basement. If you didn't know any better, you would swear it was out of business. But once inside, it was quite the opposite. The lunch crowd was arriving in droves.

The atmosphere was nice. The walls were heavily decorated with music memorabilia and numerous booths, tables, and hi-tops littered the room. I ordered a turkey ranch sandwich with pasta salad and Coach Brown graciously insisted that he treat me to lunch. That's rare. I'm from New Hampshire and Coach Brown is from Maine. His state is forced to live in the shadow of my great home state. For Coach Brown to put his state inferiority complex aside and treat me to a sandwich is a sure sign of northern New England social progress. And what a sandwich it was! The best I've had this season. The components went like this:

- Fresh sour dough bread
- fresh, hot, oven roasted turkey breast. Like Thanksgiving...
- lettuce and tomato
- melted provolone
- ranch sauce

Here is the clincher: it was served with marinated, sautee'd mushrooms. I was half expecting to pick them out because I normally don't like mushrooms. But on this sandwich they were amazing! Their flavor mixed perfectly with the other ingredients and brought the overall taste to another level. I know it doesn't make sense, but the combination was delicious.

So it looks like we have a new leader in the quest for the hoagie grail: The Turkey Ranch Sandwich at "Boston Deli" in Salt Lake City. But the season is young and there are many more cities and sandwich shops to visit. Until next time!

-Matt Bonner
Sandwich Hunter

P.S. I only mention my New Balance shoes because New Balance is a Boston based company and they have sponsored me on the court for the past 2+ years. For those of you who don't know, New Balance makes very comfortable basketball sneakers. Unfortunately, I have received word that they will be phasing out basketball. 

It is sad news for me. I have always been a fan of the underdog, being one myself. I love being one of only a few players in the NBA who wear New Balance. It was always a David vs. Goliath matchup against the bigger sneaker companies and it looks like this time Goliath won. 

The dilemma now will be finding a new shoe sponsor. This is not an easy task for me. I am not a flashy player and garner very little attention on the court. How do I attract a new suitor? I need to raise my profile... Get some attention. I was considering growing a mullet, getting tattoos and piercing my ears. But that's not me. I also thought about dunking more in games, but that's not realistic. Who am I kidding? My insane cribbage skills and academic knowledge are of no help in this situation. If only Subway made a basketball sneaker...

Sandwich Quote of the Day: "It's almost impossible for me to eat a sandwich without potato chips."
-- Brett Brown, Assistant Coach, San Antonio Spurs, Head Coach, Australian National Team, Native Mainer

Song of the Day: Burning Pile by Mother Mother

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