As I get ready to announce this year’s Turkey Sandwich National Champion, the clock is close to 12 o’clock Noon. That means lunch time. And for me, that means hunger.
Our Turkey Sandwich National Championship pits Mendelson’s Delicatessen of Denver, CO vs. The Gristmill of New Braunfels, TX. This is going to be one hell of a match-up. The quaint restuarant on the banks of the Guadalupe River vs. the Downtown Denver Lunch-Stop with Triple Deckers.
Let’s get to it:
Mendelson’s gets uber respect because they are a Boar’s Head Deli. But yet in the National Semifinal, that alone wasn’t enough for Lori’s (also a Boar’s Head Deli) to take down The Gristmill. The Gristmill thrives on simplicity: top quality Turkey on wheat bun with a special sauce that will knock your socks off. No fancy shit going here. Just a straight forward Turkey Sandwich.
After hours of deliberation and arguments (furniture was thrown), our panel of judged have emerged with a champion: Mendelson’s. As the Head Honcho of this panel of judges, it came down to selection. Mendelson’s offers a variety of Turkey: Salsalito, Pastrami Seasoned, Smoked, Roasted, etc. That was just too much for the Gristmill to contend with.
By no means does this take anything from a very “game” Turkey Sandwich from The Gristmill. They are a champion in their own right, just not of this tournament.