Was at the Stop & Shop on the Berlin Turnpike yesterday (the one by Joey Garlic’s), saw a stack of grinders in their prepared-foods section, and figured I’d try one out.
For grinder fillings, whole sausage links seem to be more common than sliced sausage – in fact, the only other place I can recall offering sliced is Nardelli’s.
And if you’re going to do it that way, your grinder roll had better have a sturdy hinge.
This sure looked nice, but overall, it tasted like what you’d expect from something made at one of the largest supermarket chains in the northeast. The sausage was salty, but didn’t have much character beyond that; the sauce was bland; the veggies and cheese were passable; the bread had a good chew, but also an odd chemical hint – and you know that if you bought one of those loaves standalone, you’d see a huge paragraph of ingredients.
It’s a lesson I’ve had to learn over and over at big grocery stores: no matter how visually appealing their in-house foods may be, they’re just never that good!