Eating to Live on the Outside: Dagwood's Sandwich Shoppes

Okay folks. I’ve said it a bunch of times, but, with Eating to Live on the Outside you’ve got to take the good and the bad. Sometimes we get the good, like Sacred Chow and Arnold's Way, but other times we get the bad, like Friendly’s, Fazoli’s, and this week’s destination, Dagwood’s Sandwich Shoppes. Brace yourself buckaroos, it’s about to get messy.

Clearly, a sandwich shop right away implies lots of problems; bread, nasty fixings, and sandwich meat. And guess what? It’s just as bad as you think. The majority of the food is “good ole fashioned” standard American junk-food; corn beef, hot reubens, bbq pork, roast beef, etc, etc. Lucky for all of you, I am feeling pretty spunky today and ready for a challenge—charge!

Let’s start with the sandwiches. I only see two I’d entertain the notion of, but, they both need work. Oh, and let me say this right now. Obviously there is a bread concession, believe me, it’s the lesser of many evils, I can deal with it. Here’s the first one. The Turkey Avocado Club; made with turkey, bacon, Swiss cheese, guacamole, mayo, baby greens, and toasted white bread. Lot’s of garbage here. Okay, bye-bye cheese, adios bacon, ciao turkey, and goodbye mayo. Wow! We’re sure left with a lot—aren’t we? I know, pretty pathetic! Well if the guacamole is made with out sour cream and you’re into toasted white bread with just the baby greens, then I guess it works. Although it hardly sounds appetizing—don’t you agree?

Alright, I think the Lite Turkey is better. It’s prepared with turkey breast, fat-free honey Dijon, lettuce, red onion, tomato, and toasted multi-grain whole wheat bread. I’m ditching the turkey again; the only flesh I eat is fish. Also the Dijon has got to go, just not my thing. Again, hardly a monumental meal, but if you’re a distressed Eat to Liver trapped in a sandwich shop its better than conceding to a Hot Pressed Cuban sandwich loaded with unhealthy pork loin, ham, salami, Swiss cheese, and mayonnaise.

Surprisingly, Dagwood’s offers up a bunch of salads or—as I call it—an Eat to Livers bastion of hope. From what I see, you’ve only got two real options: Mary K’s Green Salad or a Side Garden Salad. Mary K’s Green Salad is a comprised of romaine lettuce, green leaf lettuce, Greek feta cheese, Greek dressing, Kalamata olives, diced tomatoes, and Greek potato salad—Egad! Okay, I’m tossing—no pun intended—the cheese, olives, and the potato salad. After that, you’re left with something, sort of. Now, I have no idea what the Side Garden Salad comes with. It doesn’t say, but I’m assuming it is pretty basic; probably lettuce, red onion, tomatoes, carrots, and croutons. If so, I’d scrap the croutons and go with it. And of course, I’d go easy on the dressing.

There you have it Eat to Livers, all done! And after doing that review, I can honestly hope that I never find myself in a Dagwood’s. The majority of the menu is utter ooey-gooey standard American goodness and I stay far clear of restaurants like this, but, in the event that the Mafia kidnapped me and threw me into a Dagwoods, at least I can say I’d have a fighting chance. Alright, you know what time it is. It’s your turn! Scope out Dagwood’s Sandwich Shoppes’ menu and let me know how you handle Eating to Live on the Outside. Make a comment or shoot me an email at Until next time, eat well!
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Marco Polo - February 13, 2008 4:04 PM

Wow. You should live in a bubble.

I would imagine you have a problem with foie gras, any of the numerous French cheeses, Italian cheeses, pasta made with semolina, gnocchi, mortadella, prosciutto cotto, prosciutto crudo, ... and so on.

While one should vary their diet, they should not stop enjoying themselves.
The unexamined life (taste bud wise) is not worth living.

Quite simply, you sound like a bore.

Pugliese ... isn't that an Italian last name? Be ashamed. Italians live to eat, not the other way around.

Perhaps being kidnapped by the mafia might liven-up your life a little.

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