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Sep 11, 2010 03:29 PM

The Soft, Pillowy Goodness of a Hot ______ Sandwich

Try to remember, y'all. The bread that had to be pillowy-soft, deep caramelized gravy, ladled over slices of slow-cooked goodness. Turkey, beef, ham. W/ a small, paper-cup size of relish, chutney or sauce. I always had to ask for extra. Mashed potatoes, some vegie in a dish, but really, fellow chowhounds; does it get a whole lot better? Chime on in.

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  1. mmmmmm....I remember. :o) Hot open roast beef and's my old standby at my favorite diner. Always comforting, always hits the spot. Gotta have buttery mashed potatoes. Or disco fries - either way, it's a winner!

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    1. re: Sra. Swanky

      talk Dirty, Sra. I'm craving one right now, but feeling too lazy to seek it out. Woe is me.

      1. re: mamachef

        LOL!!! :o) Sr. Swanky just told me he's ashamed of the lengths he'd go to for a good hot open roast "beast" sandwich! It's true. There's gotta be a 24-hour diner near you that'll serve this up! Life's too short to deprive yourself...maybe they have delivery!

        1. re: Sra. Swanky

          Just couldn't pull my act together for yesterday, but today am going to oven-roast a turkey breast, make an herbed gravy and some toasted garlic mashed spuds with a lot of unsalted butter, last of the string beans, and the last of last year's frozen cranberries. I have some dill bread from Eduardo's in San Rafael. Not perfectly classic, but perfectly exactly what the weather and the mood calls for.

          1. re: Sra. Swanky

            Had to laugh at "roast beast". #2 son for some reason had trouble w/ the letter "t", and to this day it's "meafloaf" at our casa.

            1. re: mamachef

              LOL!!! That's one of the adorable things that'll stick with him for life! :o) Thanks to "How the Grinch Stole Chrismas", Sr. Swanky's favorite book from his boyhood, he's still calling it "roast beast" well into his 30s!!

      2. Philly cheesesteak from Pats (in Phlly)

        Beef dip from Philippe's (in Los Angeles)

        Red Chile Beef Fry Bread from The Fry Bread House (Phoenix)

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          Ohhhh, Philippe's, I remember it well. Doubledipped, if you please.

        2. I used to go to a lunch spot near my office that served hot turkey sandwiches...Thick, fluffy slice of potato bread, topped with sliced roast turkey (roasted daily), then two beautiful, round scoops of stuffing. All smothered in the silky, salty goodness of turkey gravy. Had to have a gelatinous slice of cranberry sauce straight from the can on the side.

          Now that I think of it, I really do miss that job. Not the work, just it's proximity to the cafe.

          1. Hot turkey sandwich at Gobblers in Gaylord, Michigan (northern lower peninsula)


            Not the most sophisticated website :) but you get the idea

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            1. re: coney with everything

              Jeez, I just looked at the Gobblers website. Amazing!!!

              This place HAS to be the double-wide of dining establishments.

              "Gobble Till You Wobble" -- indeed!

              1. re: Tripeler

                It's a hoot in the winter because it's alongside a snowmobile trail, so most of the clientele walks in dressed in full cold weather gear.

                The decor is pretty, well, "up North" (mounted deer and wood panelling being the primary components of that style), but the turkey is great!

            2. As much as I love the beef dips and hot open face turkey sandwiches I gotta go with a hot pulled pork sandwich ... nothing better than smokey tender pork with the crunch of tangy cole slaw and just a hint of home made BBQ sauce...Fried Okra on the side with mashed potatoes (mixed with corn nibblets) and gravy...that is good comfort food right there!