Saturday, January 28, 2023

It’s National Sandwich Day and James City County wants you to celebrate

Craft 31 makes sandwiches
Thursday happens to be National Sandwich Day, a fine time to indulge in a classic such as a crab cake or a fried chicken sandwich. (Photo Courtesy Craft 31)

Thursday is National Sandwich Day and James City County residents are in luck.

In celebration of the holiday, the county has released the following list of restaurants and suggested a sandwich pick for each one. Sandwich lovers, behold.

For modern traditionalists, Craft 31, 3701 Strawberry Plains Rd., offers a crab cake sandwich and a dill fried chicken-breast sandwich.

For bacon lovers, there can never be enough, so a BLT is the obvious choice and Emily’s Donuts & Café, 7123 Merrimac Trail, offers its version on freshly baked bread with double bacon. That’s right, it’s a BBLT.

Vegetable lovers take heed – you can get in on the action, too, with a Mediterranean-inspired option at Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant, 5525 Olde Towne Rd. It comes with artichoke hearts, Kalamata olives, mushrooms and tomatoes on Ciabatta bread, with feta and melted provolone cheese.

Straight-up classicists might opt for a fried fish sandwich at Oceans & Ale, 5601 Richmond Rd., or a turkey Reuben at Five Forks Café, 4456 John Tyler Highway.

If comfort food is in order, it’s hard to beat a meatloaf sandwich, like the one on the menu at The Corner Pocket, 4805 Courthouse St.

Or maybe this twist on a French classic from the Gabriel Archer Tavern at the Williamsburg Winery, 5800 Wessex Hundred: roasted turkey and brie on a baguette, with granny smith apple, lingonberry preserves and roasted garlic mayo.

Hold the garlic mayo, if you must, but not the bread. National Sandwich Day is no time to count carbs.

Joan Quigley
Joan Quigley
Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, TIME.com, nationalgeographic.com and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.

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