When it came time to justify my move from Brooklyn to Kansas City, Mr. Goodcents made the list. It was, admittedly, a long list.
But still, its tuna sandwich was vastly superior (less mayo, fresher rolls) to the competing choices at Subway and Quiznos -- the standard options on the East Coast. And that's when I realized that not all subs are created equal.
Hoagies can inspire apathy. Heroes can be a last resort for meals. And submarine sandwiches can simply be a matter of the lunch option that is physically closest to one's office. But hidden among the combo meals and asiago-laden rolls are a few tasty sammidges.
Meatball subs are found on every sandwich board in town. But the meatball sub at Pandolfi's Deli? That's special. A lean ground-beef meatball that sits under a bed of mozzarella, romano and tomato sauce on a hard roll from Le Monde Bakery.
And it was until I had the pork tenderloin sandwich at Kitty's Cafe that I suddenly discovered one of the real reasons to live in Kansas City. Made the same way since 1951, it has three pancake-thin, fried tenderloins and is my favorite senior citizen in town.
Be it chain or local shop, there are great sandwiches to be found. So who's got the best sub and what do you get on it?