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Where Has The Real Ham Gone??

Hey, am I the only person out there who has noticed that it's become nearly impossible to find a real ham sandwich anywhere?? Seriously. Many of the chain sandwich shops are using turkey ham. (This includes Subway.) The rest have switched to that awful re-constructed, gelatinous, sickeningly pink ham-mystery-meat-loaf!

Its not much better at the grocery store. Most of the ham is artificial.

I'm not looking so much for some fancy Italian place where an exotic ham sandwich costs $9. I'd just like to find some place that sells a normal, reasonably priced hot or cold ham and cheese sandwich.

Any ideas??

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  1. The Mother feels the same way about the sodium nitrate enhanced crap out there. she buys a whole ham, bakes and slices it up herself, granted not as convenient, but cheaper and one has a better idea of what's in it. it keeps well and you can always freeze it in portions.

    1. Doesn't Honeybaked Ham do sandwiches too?

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      1. re: Stiles

        I'm pretty sure Honeybaked does serve sandwiches. There's one near me, I'll have to do some research and report back. They're not open at night though, so it's not the most convenient place.

      2. I like Boars Head and usually get that. I love to bake my own spiral and then freeze the slices in small bags. I use that and find it great.

          1. In Arlington, I think Heidelberg Bakery on Lee Hwy would meet your criteria. A variety of real cold cuts, including some German-style ham, at a decent price (around $6, IIRC). Carry out or eat there. Good potato salad, etc. to go with it.

            And the bread is fresh, of course.

            In the district, try Litteri's. Italian, but not unreasonably priced. No seating there, though. Wait for a nice day, and take it to a park or the National Arboretum.

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            1. re: Gonzocook

              Question off track, Any relationship to the Old Heidelberg Castle, they have a few locations up in TN and VA. I worked at the restaurant down here in SRQ part time for 7 years, they were planning on opening a deli. I believe Wolfgang new Hanz and Rosie (last name escapes me) he was a partner at the start. He was the one who wanted the bakery. Just wondering.

              I am sure they would have excellent ham. At the restaurant they would have great deli meats all the time for lunches.

              1. re: kchurchill5

                k, i don't think they're related. here is the heidelberg's "story": http://www.heidelbergbakery.com/?q=about

                ...although the man's name is wolfgang!

                btw, i remember the old heidelberg castle there in sarasota. wow, it was a hoot in the '70s, when there were the oompah bands and lots of beer drinkin'!

                is it still there? or long gone?

                1. re: alkapal

                  It was a blast to work there, 3 years on and off, part time bartending and waitress. I could order a steak in rare, medium and well. Count to ten and do the big elk horn, they even had the trampoline act. TN is the main one but I think a couple of other locations.

                  Lots of beer, brandy and jagermeister and good sausage :) It was fun