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The Unwich

ODB May 24, 2006 01:10 PM

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.

Link: http://www.jimmyjohns.com/

Image: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedconte...

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    TomSwift May 24, 2006 01:25 PM

    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.

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      ODB May 24, 2006 01:35 PM

      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.

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        TomSwift May 24, 2006 01:42 PM

        Think: Larb.

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          Miss Claudy May 24, 2006 04:44 PM

          I remember bread, I loved it, sob.

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            Will Owen May 26, 2006 12:59 AM

            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...

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            GoalieJeff May 25, 2006 11:59 PM

            Thats what I was thinking .

          3. re: ODB
            LBQT May 24, 2006 03:18 PM

            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.

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              ODB May 24, 2006 03:31 PM

              sounds like slop on a plate

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                Bob Martinez May 25, 2006 11:33 AM

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

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                  Frosty Melon May 25, 2006 07:40 PM

                  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.

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            rworange May 24, 2006 01:39 PM

            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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              ODB May 24, 2006 02:53 PM

              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?

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                rworange May 24, 2006 02:58 PM

                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.

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                  ODB May 24, 2006 03:10 PM

                  Now that makes sense.

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

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                    GoalieJeff May 26, 2006 12:03 AM

                    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 .

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                  John May 25, 2006 04:35 PM

                  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.

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                tubbie May 24, 2006 01:46 PM

                This looks like a dead frog.

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                  Loren3 May 25, 2006 01:28 PM

                  You say that like it's a bad thing.

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                    tubbie May 26, 2006 01:27 PM

                    a raw dead frog wrapped in lettuce.

                    (not the legs of a frog sauteed in butter )

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                  macca May 24, 2006 01:49 PM

                  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!

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                    Ellen May 24, 2006 02:04 PM

                    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?

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                    1. re: Ellen
                      ODB May 24, 2006 02:50 PM

                      "We wrap everything else in lettuce these days"

                      Huh? Like what?

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                        foodiex2 May 24, 2006 03:14 PM

                        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....

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                          ODB May 24, 2006 03:36 PM

                          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.

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                            foodiex2 May 24, 2006 03:57 PM

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

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                              ODB May 24, 2006 04:11 PM

                              See the picture of the Unwich.

                              Image: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedconte...

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                          Ellen May 24, 2006 03:29 PM

                          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.

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                        a&w May 24, 2006 03:14 PM

                        Many asian cultures wrap meat in lettuce to eat. This is simply a logical extension of the practice. Try it with some grilled pork chop, veggies, vermicelli, and hot sauce -- delish.

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                          Mouah May 24, 2006 10:39 PM

                          On ICEBERG?

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                          butterfly May 24, 2006 03:37 PM

                          You think that is bad--check out this. A branch just opened up in Madrid.

                          Link: http://www.konopizza.com/

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                            Phillip J May 24, 2006 03:46 PM

                            A PIZZA CONE!! I might like this, actually.

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                              Dommy! May 24, 2006 04:03 PM

                              Me too! :) LOL!! :)


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                                Liz CT May 24, 2006 07:04 PM

                                Pizza in a cone? Looks like fun.

                                Kind of reminds me of Pizza in a Cup from "The Jerk".

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                                  butterfly May 24, 2006 08:50 PM

                                  Okay, now I feel like I have to go try this cucurucho de pizza. I'll report back.

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                                    rworange May 24, 2006 09:15 PM

                                    Leave room for the flan in a cone (it looks like that) or the dessert fruit in a cone.

                                    This does seem great to me too. Looking forward to your taking the bullet ... uh, trying it for us.

                                    It is really not that differnt in a sense than say a small calzone or stromboli. However, unlike a pizza slice, you can't put it down it would seem without oozing cheese over everything.

                                    Gee, you could put all sorts of stuff in a portable cone like chili or tuna salad. Savory food cones. An idea whose time has come?

                                    Hope it is good.

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                                      John May 25, 2006 04:39 PM

                                      An idea who's time has come? Look up temaki zushi, I'd say it's an idea that's been around for a long time.

                            2. re: butterfly
                              TomSwift May 24, 2006 04:20 PM

                              Reminds me of Thomas Keller and his signature tuna tartare in a cone.

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                                a&w May 24, 2006 04:42 PM

                                Agreed, though I think Keller uses salmon.

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                              Mouah May 24, 2006 11:03 PM

                              I have been making stuff like this forever.

                              But silly iceberg is not required.

                              Think Jewish Deli cold-plate special.

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                                rebfrew May 25, 2006 09:58 AM

                                So I read through all the replies to this hoping someone would mention the fact that not everyone can eat bread. And not by a conscious choice due to a diet either.

                                For the tens of thousands that have Celiac or a wheat allergy in the US, having this option at places allows a person to actually eat without feeling like they are being an inconvenience and making someone make something special for them. Its on the menu, so its legitimate.

                                What exactly is wrong offering this option?

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                                  GoalieJeff May 26, 2006 12:16 AM

                                  Uhh ... nothing . Most americans should lay off of the processed white bread corn starch laden processed junk we eat every day . You just happen to get physically punished for it . It ain't your fault . More of us should choose to eat the way you have to . The only thing I would say is , do you have to eat at places that serve food you shouldn't ( or in many cases cannot ) eat ? Go somewhere that serves healthy food . There are a number of posts on this string that mention that vietnamese food has a number of dishes just like this , with nary a processed grain of wheat in sight . Perhaps you live somewhere that prevents you from exploring alternative dining options , regardless , understand that I and to a larger extent , we , are on your side . Celiac disease is a crappy deal , but it's the cards you got . The more healthy choices we have , the better off we all will be . Thats my soapbox moment for the night . I will finish by saying that that picture does indeed look like a dead frog or something , it looks like iceberg , and it really does not look all that appetising .

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                                    renfrew May 26, 2006 08:27 AM


                                    To answer your question, no I dont have to eat all the time at these places. However, its not as easy as going to a "healthy" place and not getting sick. Cross contamination is a huge issue. And frankly, if I go to a place where the people do not quite understand english all that well, I am usually in for a rough time.

                                    Asian places are some of the worst for people with Celiac. Dumpling wrappers, soy sauce, seitan, the list goes on of things that cant be consumed. Food handling procedures must be exact, and most places, asian and non alike are simply not up to the task.

                                    Its also not as simple as not just going out to eat. Work activities, travel, etc all give you limited options. Social pressures steer a celiac to restaurants they cant eat in safely either.

                                    The US in general is not prepared to handle celiac. Go to Europe and it is a different story altogether.

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                                  zorgclyde May 26, 2006 01:21 AM

                                  Is it me or does the color of the meat look like dead raw squid?
                                  That's seriosly what I thought before I read the rest of the stuff.

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                                    Spike Jun 9, 2006 01:00 AM

                                    I thought those were frogs legs poking out.

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                                      Nrasser Oct 13, 2010 09:11 AM

                                      This sandwich is great for the no-gluten celiac diet, too.

                                      Might look like a dead frog, but sure tastes better. :)

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