day forty-eight: shortstop deli

July 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Choice paralysis. This is what I feel when I step up to the counter of the Shortstop Deli and grab an ordering sheet. Choose your sandwich size, choose your bread. Toasted or not? Choose your toppings, as many as you like. Would you like that cold or hot? Extra meat? Cheeses? How many? Dressings? Which ones? Or, instead, would you like a Hot Truck pizza sub, which opens up with it, a litany of additional toppings as well as mysterious sandwich acronyms: PMP, WGC, MBC, SUI and CSC. (Only one of these mysterious acronyms–PMP, or, Poor Man’s Pizza–is defined.)

As Shortstop proudly proclaims on one of its outside banners, “Toasted subs really are a big deal” and choosing the right sub, toasted or otherwise, is a big deal as well. As such, my first time at Shortstop was an utter disaster. I was in a huge hurry and my partner asked me to pick up something with “meat, cheese, hot peppers, pretty much anything except a meatball sub.” Through an avalanche of bad decisions, a flurry of pressured, erratic choices on the ordering slip, I somehow managed to order him a sandwich with cheese, hot peppers, meatballs and sauce. In essence, a really disgusting-tasting meatball sub. Looking back, we laugh, but then, running late and very hungry, we quibbled. In front of friends no less. About what did or did not constitute a meatball sub. (I swore up and down that I had not, in fact, ordered him a meatball sub, though, looking inside his sandwich, I realized my position was, in the end, entirely untenable.)

The next time I visited Shortstop, even though there was a line at the counter, I took my time and chose more prudently. In addition to the usual meaty sub classics, there were a number of well-advertised vegan and vegetarian sandwich options as well. Though undergrads swear by the Hot Truck pizza subs, I am not a fan, and so stuck to the non-acronymed Shortstop classics. I ordered a single toasted French bread hot chicken breast sandwich with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, bacon, provolone and brown mustard. For Jacob, I ordered a single toasted French Bread cold salami sandwich with onions, black olives, hot peppers, pepperoni, provolone, oil and vinegar. Screw Subway, this is what toasted subs were all about! The Ithaca Bakery French bread was fresh and had a nice crust. The sandwiches were more than amply-sized and did not skimp on the toppings or meat. We were both much happier and domestic peace was restored.

Finally, one of the best things about the Shortstop Deli is that it’s open around-the-clock — to everyone but loiterers. Which is a shame: The benches outside the building, which feel like perfect places for loitering, have a 10 minute limit. While this may be enough time to consume a single sub, it is definitely not enough time to chow down a double or grand slam — unless, that is, your last name is Kobayashi or Perlow.

Price: Student-friendly (< $7)
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (including all holidays!)
Recommended: Toasted subs with your choice of convenience store snacks, ice cream treats and/or beverage
Location: 204 W. Seneca Street
Website: Shortstop Deli

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