Some people probably go to Bay Cities Italian Deli for years and never stray from The Godmother, a sandwich starring an array of Italian meats and cheeses on a soft, crusty, house-baked Italian bread. It would be hard to fault them, since that’s such a classic. Still, as a food writer, I can’t help but explore new options (you know, content), so every once in awhile, I’ll go with Meatball or the Poorboy. On my latest visit, I strayed from Italy altogether and ordered The Spaniard ($9.85) that mainly features Spanish meats and cheeses on – gasp – a baguette.
The Spaniard isn’t made to order; you’ll find them wrapped in white butcher paper on the deli counter, along with other grab-and-go sandwiches, meaning they may sit for awhile. Still, my experience with The Spaniard still worked out well. The small-ish sandwich was stacked with jamon serrano, coppa seca, honey ham, Pamplona chorizo, Gruyere cheese, oregano, parsley, roasted tomatoes, olive oil, black pepper, and rosemary on a chewy baguette. Next time, I’ll probably beg to go back to The Godmother like some kind of guilt-ridden sandwich adulterer, but I enjoyed my brief fling with The Spaniard.
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