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May 24, 2006 01:10 PM

The Unwich

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From the "you'ze gotzta be kidding me" files, I bring you the Unwich.

Sandwich fillings in a lettuce wrap instead of on bread!

Come on now, Jimmy John.



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  1. Here in So Cal In 'n Out Burger has had the "Protien Style" burgers for some time. The burger etc. is wrapped in a lettuce leaf instead of the bun.

    9 Replies
    1. re: TomSwift

      I thought I also heard that Burger King tried this.

      As bad as lettuce has been lately I think I'd have to pass.

      Now if it's roll-your-own with Viet food, that's another thing all together.

        1. re: TomSwift

          I remember bread, I loved it, sob.

          1. re: Miss Claudy

            Day 12 of South Beach Phase 1. I cannot TELL you how bad I'm jonesing for a grilled cheese sandwich. On sourdough.

            Though I must say I didn't think the lettuce-wrapped sub looked so bad, but then I *LIKE* iceberg...

          2. re: TomSwift

            Thats what I was thinking .

          3. re: ODB

            Actually, the protein burgers at In'n'Out are pretty good. Messier, though, since lettuce doesn't absorb any of the condiments like the bun does.

            1. re: LBQT

              sounds like slop on a plate

              1. re: LBQT

                I think it would be faster to just rub the burger all over your hands and arms. That must be a massive slopfest.

                1. re: Bob Martinez

                  Actually it's not so bad. In-N-Outs come wrapped in a paper sleeve. I get mine regular style but I still have to eat it with the sleeve until the last few bites or I'd be a mess.

          4. So, the lettuce wrap instead of a bun hasn't hit Texas yet, ODB?

            Three chains that I know of offer it in California - In-N-Out, Carl's Jr. and Nations. You don't have Carl's Jr in Texas?

            As far as putting hamburgers on it, I guess it saves a few calories. Better with chicken breasts to reduce calories. And JJ's seems to have cold cuts so you could reduce fat even further.

            Some of us need to watch those calories. Better to ditch the usually tasteless bun and use the calories better elsewere, if at all.

            Better to eat on the go than a usually over-lettuced salad ... and salads don't come with catsup and pickles.

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            1. re: rworange

              I think Carl Jr's are only in El Paso so far. And El Paso is closer to LA than Houston.

              But these lettuce wraps are a rare bird as far as I know around here.

              So why even bother to wrap it in lettuce?

              Why not just wrap it in meat?

              1. re: ODB

                Fingers get greasy and would make the steering wheel slippery ... or cleaning the computer keyboard would be a mess ... and that greasy handshake never impresses a client.

                1. re: rworange

                  Now that makes sense.

                  I was waiting for someone to tell me the lettuce makes it healty ;-)

                  1. re: ODB

                    Nope , the lettuce keeps your fingers clean , lettuce ain't really all that healthy . Better than wrapped in meat , but not much better than paper .

                2. re: ODB

                  Carl's Jr is a west-of-the-Rockies thing. In the rest of the country they're called Hardee's. Altho in some places just east of the Rockies they just use the "star with smiley face" symbol (that they call "famous star") and avoid the name completely.

                  Same food, regardless of the name.

              2. This looks like a dead frog.

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                1. re: tubbie

                  You say that like it's a bad thing.

                  1. re: Loren3

                    a raw dead frog wrapped in lettuce.

                    (not the legs of a frog sauteed in butter )

                2. There is a hot dog place in the boston area that offers hot dogs on a lettuce roll up.
                  My boss and I usually have lettuce wraps at least once a week- had them yesterday with rare roast beef, muenster cheese, onions, sun dried tomatoes and wasabi. Delicious!

                  1. Aside from the fact that it does look like a dead frog, this is a low-carb friendly "sandwich," which many people are seeking these days. We wrap everything else in lettuce these days. Why not cold cuts?

                    6 Replies
                    1. re: Ellen

                      "We wrap everything else in lettuce these days"

                      Huh? Like what?

                      1. re: ODB

                        I make great sesame/hoisin steak tips you serve in lettuce wraps. I make a few vietnamese dishes that use lettuce wraps. My husband does the whole Atkins thing and he loves sandwiches made with romaine lettuce "wraps". Just to name a few....

                        1. re: foodiex2

                          Well of course. Vietnamese food is king in Houston, and we love these things.

                          Of course it's more exotic fresh herbs and mints, and not so much on iceberg lettuce.

                          Wrapping a stack of lunch meat in iceberg lettuce seems like an exercise in futility.

                          1. re: ODB

                            Where did anyone say iceberg? We use romaine for most of our wraps...

                        2. re: ODB

                          There was a thread on this website a week or so ago about this, although some of the recipes offered were fairly dreadful. But they don't have to be. Do a search.