Everyone who knows me,
knows I am into lunch big time
And as one of the newest members of the eROI Creative team, only one thing excited me more than joining the team—new lunch possibilities.
Many a day I have walked in the office at 8am, and greeted my fellow co-workers with “what’s for lunch guys?”. I know what you are going to say… “who doesn’t like lunch?”. Well, some days, I will even eat first and second lunch. On rare occasion, third lunch hits, which never ends well.
The eROI offices reside in Old Town which is basically lunchtopia, so close to so many great lunch spots. And that’s if you are just counting the food carts, but the question is, where to start your lunch adventures when you are the new kid on the block?
Anyone who loves lunch, should and probably does appreciate a delicious sandwich…. so naturally, I set out on a sandwich eating mission, and I am bringing you the report. For my first week I tried out some of Old Town’s best sandwich selling establishments, compiled my notes, and am going to tell you which ones, are my favorites and why.
This sandwich story has a few caveats.
- First, it’s not meaty, and while I am not a vegetarian by any means, I am just not that into meat. If you are a raging carnivore, I still think you should read my blog post.
- Secondly, I only stuck to walking distance from the eROI office.
- Lastly, these are purely my sandwich opinions, and some of my opinions are not based strictly on sandwich alone. With that out of the way, here goes… enjoy… I sure did!
Day One – Brunch Box
Day Two – Theo’s
The sandwich I got is a classic, turkey, avocado, bacon. It comes on decent bread, but admittedly, this isn’t a sandwich you are thinking about for hours and days after. It’s just simply, a really tasty sandwich. You get your choice of sides, the usual suspects, chips, fries, potato salad… Get the fries, they are so good and the rosemary ketsup is the amazing.
Day Three – Bunk
The tuna melt was really good, just the right amount of kick, and huge pickles. The only downside to bunk is that it’s pretty pricy for sandwiches, and you only get ‘meh’ potato chips on the side.
Day Four – Aybla Food Cart
Day Five – Kenny & Zuke’s
Kenny & Zuke’s is also the first sandwich I got with a pickle on the side, and I honestly don’t know why more places don’t just give you a pickle. I sat at the counter, so I got to watch all the other orders come up, and it seriously was just one dank sandwich after the next. Yum, yum.
I can honestly say what makes a great sandwich, for me, is when you want to go back to the same spot and try your sandwich but with a twist, or when you are really stoked to try a new different delicious sandwich because the one you had last week was so good. Old Town is full of just those spots and more.
Overall eating sandwiches is a pretty simple thing, but a sandwich mission… well that’s more than just sandwiches, it’s lunch adventures and a chance to get to know your new co-workers and your new-work ‘hood.
After announcing my sandwich eating blog post idea, my new work friends were really supportive and offered up some great tips on where to get delicious sandwiches. Being new, I am still trying to get to know everyone on my team, so I felt that this sandwich mission was giving me a little glimpse into who they are as people. What they liked, what they didn’t like… whether or not they considered a gyro a sandwich, and if not, was it because of strict reasons—like it’s only one piece of bread instead of two, and if they didn’t consider a gyro a sandwich, did a torta count? All of these really big questions totally gave me insight into my new teammates, an unintended bonus of my sandwich mission.
Did I find my favorite, sure. Did I get full? Yes. And along the way I created new friendships while touring another part of Portland—success.