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of Sandwich (EoS). During a previous trip to Las Vegas, "P" went to EoS, ate an Original 1762, and turned to the dark side! Now, I love sandwiches and all, but the way my nephew explained it, Earl seemed to be way too good to be true. I started to believe the hype, though, when I saw its Yelp! rating - four and a half stars from 1500+ reviewers. After reading some of those reviews, I suspected that Earl of Sandwich just might be the real deal.
Interestingly, Earl of Sandwich is affiliated with THE Earl of Sandwich, you know, the guy who "invented" the sandwich. According to Wikipedia, the current Earl, his son, and businessman Robert Earl founded the restaurant chain. Also fascinating is the fact that the first EoS opened in the U.S., at Walt Disney World in Florida, and not in England as I would've expected.
Earl of Sandwich at Planet Hollywood is located on the south side of the casino floor. It's a no frills fast casual restaurant (no table service) with a dining room that I thought was a little on the small side. The first thing you do when you arrive is get in line - "P" told me there is always a line since EoS is so popular. Next, you place your sandwich order. Afterwards, you grab your sides and head to the register at the end of the line where you order drinks and pay for your food. Finally - this is the hard part - you head into the dining room to wrangle yourself a table.
What I ate:
1. The Earl's Grey Lemonade (1.99 USD): An infusion of fresh lemonade and Earl Grey tea. This EoS version of the Arnold Palmer was okay. I can see some people being put off the Earl Grey flavor in it if they're not used to it, though. After finishing it, I didn't say "wow" to myself about it.
2. Half of The Full Montagu (5.99 USD): Freshly roasted Angus beef, turkey, aged Swiss and sharp Cheddar, lettuce, Roma tomatoes, and the Earl's Mustard Sauce. I thought this sandwich was well rounded in flavor and texture. The cheeses really shone in this sandwich, in particular. But it paled in comparison to ...
3. Half of The Original 1762 (5.99 USD): Freshly roasted Angus beef, sharp Cheddar, and creamy horseradish sauce.
One of the best sandwiches ever. Ever.
It was a very simple composition, actually - bread, beef, cheese, and sauce. But the four components synergized to make something truly incredible. The best ingredient was the roast beef. It had an astounding depth of flavor that transformed me into a roast beef zombie. The toasting of the bread and the temperature of the sandwich - hot - made a big difference as well.
4. Potato Salad (1.79 USD). (You can see it in the photo of the Full Montagu above.) I can't even remember what the ingredients were in this potato salad other than potato. It was that memorable, wah wah.
5. Earl of Sandwich Kettle Cooked Sea Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips (1.29 USD). There was nothing distinctive about these chips.
Good, GOOD recommendation "P"! (For once at least. Nah, I'm just kidding you, "P Minus". Why are you so serious? Ha ha, hope you get it.)
I'm just spitballing here, but I wonder if a thinly shredded crunchy vegetable (like cabbage or fennel or a mix of both) would make a nice addition to The Original 1762?
Parking: "P" and I parked elsewhere on the Strip and walked over to Earl of Sandwich so I can't provide an informative description of the parking situation at Planet Hollywood. The entrances to the self parking garage at Planet Hollywood are off Harmon Avenue and Audrie in the rear of the property.
The Bill: 20.58 USD to feed "just the two of us." ("We can make it if we try ...")
My Rating: Overall, I give Earl of Sandwich out of four stars (very good to excellent). I was expecting more from the potato salad and salt & vinegar chips, which is why I shaved off a half star from a potential "excellent" rating. For just the Original 1762 sandwich itself, I give a full - solid. This location of the Earl of Sandwich is always open. (Dang, that's awesome!) Credit cards accepted. www.earlofsandwichusa.com
Last Word: Dear Earl of Sandwich ... Please ... oh please, oh please, oh please open an outlet here in Pasadena! I'm not even talking about L.A. Pasadena, PLEASE!!!
And next time on GabrielWooDotCom: Thomas Keller's Bouchon! Jyeah boyeee!
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