When I visited St. Louis a couple weeks ago, my good friend, John Darren Allen took me out for a Turkey Sandwich. He chose a little, small-town grocery store in Cottleville called Mannino’s.
Mannino’s is one of those 4 or 5 aisle grocery stores with a butcher shop in back with a hard of hearing old man taking the meat orders. It was a typical Saturday when we went in to order our sandwiches and the place was packed. But big props to Mannino’s: they are a Boar’s Head Deli.
This may look like a simple hoagie-style Turkey Sandwich – but don’t be fooled. It has Provel Cheese on it. “Pro-what?” you might say. It’s Provel Cheese. If you’re from the St. Louis area, you know what I’m talking about. If you’re not, you probably have no clue. That’s because St. Louisans are stingy people by nature and don’t allow it to be sold outside of the STL metro area.
A little information on Provel: it’s a blend of Provelone, Cheddar and Swiss. It was invented in 1947 and although Wikipedia says that Kraft owns the company that owns the brand, I’ve heard rumors that Imo’s Pizza of St. Louis has their hands in the fact that it is not sold elsewhere. Imo’s uses Provel on their pizza and like I said, those St. Louisans are stingy people.
The sandwich; Wheat hoagie roll, Boar’s Head Maple-glazed Turkey, lettuce, onion, Provel Cheese. Nothing special, but mighty tasty. If you get a chance to smuggle some Provel Cheese out of St. Louis, do it. Just don’t tell anyone you’re doing it. Those St. Louisans will get all weird and shit.