When I was growing up, there was a little mom-and-pop supermarket in my town called Rainbow Market (over Thanksgiving I learned it had been recently replaced by a Wal-Mart, so it goes). As the main grocery in a small suburban town, it was the hub of most food shopping, and before any dedicated sandwiches shops opened, the spot to pick-up a cold-cut sandwich was at Rainbow's deli counter in back.
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Looking back, I'm sure there was almost nothing remarkable about them: A standard hoagie roll, a stack of dark brown roast beef or pink ham, shredded iceberg, styrofoam-textured tomatoes, a few floppy pickle chips and a smear of mustard and mayo. Nevertheless, I adored those things. On field trip days, while other kids would beg their parents for Lunchables, I would pry for a sandwich -- and the one's at Rainbow were cheap enough that my mother would usually relent.
These days, even while living amongst the country's most wondrous sea of banh mi, tortas, and gua bao -- all of which can be had at scandalous bargain -- that deep, intrinsic craving for a dirt cheap, no-frills hoagie returns every so often.
Whether you're cash-strapped, or just like to eat as if you were, there's no need to settle for the soggy cardboard at the local fast food joint -- instead try these tasty substitute subs, which might remind you of the simpler times when the cold-cut was was king.More »