Corned beef. Pastrami. Chicken salad. Salmon, either fillet or lox. You name it, Salvato's has got stuffings that put its competitors to shame. Plus, they sell beer.
Forget about lifeless iceberg or tough romaine. Salvato's features honest-to-goodness field greens. That's just one thing that sets Salvato's apart. Mayonnaise and mustard -- yellow, brown or Dijon -- come on the side, so you don't have to worry about your sandwich getting soggy if you can't eat it right away. And you may have trouble finishing a Salvato's sandwich in one sitting. Topping out at $7.45 for the monstrous Delmar -- which features corned beef, pastrami, roast beef, ham, turkey, Genoa salami, cheddar, Swiss, lettuce and tomato between two slices of rye -- these sandwiches are huge. The counterperson will ask if you want small, medium or large. Unless you haven't eaten in a week, don't go for anything above medium.
Each sandwich is served with your choice of potato chips (regular or barbecue) or a banana, plus a dill spear or a pepperoncini. To-go orders come in a classy brown cardboard box, but the décor, which includes a richly finished wooden bar and original artwork, makes a leisurely lunch a pleasure.
To avoid useless fat, check out the best of the meal of the day at WC -- breakfast, if only for the world's best affordable coffee. It's not pretentiously "gourmet," but it's good and hot and, chances are, it moves quickly. The worst thing for coffee is to sit and burn. A large java with a plain cake doughnut -- individually wrapped -- comes to a reasonable $1.11. It's just the right mix of sugar and caffeine to jerk you into alertness. While waiting for a WC employee to pour the coffee into a paper cup with a faux Starbucks logo, don't forget a napkin to wrap around it. Coffee-cup holders are nowhere to be found. But where else could you get good coffee, a government-issue doughnut and a chance to hear a customer at 8:30 a.m. in the drive-thru order chicken rings with melted "cheese"?