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Jul 10, 2008 05:34 PM

dsm - Gateway Market on Bon Apetit top 10 list

Gateway was named to Bon appetit list of best sandwich shops in the U.S. I have to say I am a little surprised, although I think it's a fine place for lunch. I like George's shop next door to Centro better for sandwiches. And, I would rather eat a Bread Pork Tenderloin or a Gunder Burger. Other Iowa places that were overlooked?

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  1. J,
    I feel like I should know the answers to these questions, and at some point I probably did, but, what place next door to Centro, and what's a Gunder Burger?

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    1. re: Bobfrmia

      Never mind on the Gunder Burger. Google knew it. Sounds like an excellant destination for a early Fall drive.

    2. Stopped and got a couple sandwiches based on the article. If we have what anyone considers a top ten in the country sandwich shop, I gotta go.
      I had the Hot Italian Sub, Described as " Thurmans Salami, roast beef, cappicola, and mortadella, on ciabatta, with pepper rings, lettuce, tomato, provolone, and Italian dressing".
      I think the best part of the sandwich, was the bread. Fresh, chewy, delicious. The roast beef was overdone and dry. The Italian dressing was mostly oil. It made for a very greasy sandwich. I think I'd have prefered a creamy Italian. If they put the Provolone on, I couldn't find it, or taste it.
      All that said, it was a good sandwich. Far superior to anything you would get at a Subway, Quizno's, etc. The quality of the ingredients was very good. I tend to analize as I eat, and found myself thinking that if they would have backed off the oil, used properly cooked roast beef, good thick slice of provolone, maybe hit it with a little oregano, backed off on the peppers, they overwhelmed, it would have been great.
      It was of adaquate size to fill me up, a very important part of an 8 dollar sandwich experience.
      GF had the grilled tuna sandwich. She loved it. The bite I had brought overdone tuna fillet, saved by the fact that it was real good tuna. The tarragon aioli needed too be a bit more pronounced, but otherwise there was a lot going on flavorwise.
      I will probably return to try a Cuban, but otherwise was left thinking that If I can get that bread, I can make a better sandwich. But I think that about almost everything.

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      1. re: Bobfrmia

        I am thinking about South Union, which is next door to Centro. Sorry to talk in code, Bob. The Hot Italian Sub sound like a winner and the bread at Gateway can't be beat.

        1. re: jwagnerdsm

          Thanks, J.
          I've been to Centro several times. I did not know South Union was next door. For some reason, I assumed it was on South Union.
          Rather than say I am not very observant, I'm going with, I was extremely focused.
          What is your sandwich(s) of choice there?

          1. re: Bobfrmia

            I like the big italian roast beef sandwich that they have there. But I can't think of too many sandwich that I wouldn't eat there. And, of course, the bread is a great reason why. The soups are also very good. Looking forward to the completion of the sculpture garden because it will be a great spring or early fall lunch spot.

          2. re: jwagnerdsm

            Great lunch spot. I love the chicken pesto sandwich, and the roast beef is pretty good too. I haven't been very adventurous with the menu. I really like the flavor of the potato pepper jack soup. The consistency is pretty light for a potato cheese soup. And there's a basket of sliced foccacia on the counter, which is awesome.

            1. re: jamiski

              I prefer the Gateway Market West. Its up the road from Super Target in a half-finished development. I was thinking to myself while shopping at the original location, "This place just isn't expensive enough", they need to make it more suburban and snooty.

              1. re: trza

                Sarcasm? The best thing about the original is that you don't have to dodge a parade of mini-van drivers with cell phones to their ears to get to the store.