Am I alone in spending the last several Wednesday’s watching Adam Richman’s show about his search to find the Best Sandwich In America? Now that his search is over, a suggestion from one of my blog readers challenged me to a similar quest. That’s how I found myself at Gioia’s Deli this weekend.
As always, I did my homework before my visit. 95% like Gioia’s on Urbanspoon and most suggest to try the hot salami. Once I arrived, I grabbed a number and waited my turn. The place was busy at 1pm on a Saturday. I ordered the hot salami with the garlic cheese bread, pepper cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and mustard. While I was waiting for it to be toasted, 8 out 10 people ordered the same sandwich. That was a good sign.
The sandwich wasn’t particularly photogenic, and I wasn’t patient enough to try for perfection. I couldn’t wait to dive right in while it was still hot.
There was a generous amount of the thick slices of the salami. It was soft, earthy, and slightly salty. The rest of the toppings were fresh but respected the star of the show. I had a late breakfast so I struggled to finish the thing. However, I wasn’t going to waste a bite so I pulled through.
The verdict. With places like this, why waste your time going to some chain to get a $5 anything. Yes this will cost a little more and will take a little more time, but it’s worth it for the quality. Jared wouldn’t have lost any weight eating these tasty sandwiches! Is it the best sandwich in St. Louis? That’s a tough call, but I’m sure it will be top 5.
Dive 2 Five Scale – 3. Family oriented local business. There was a line the entire time I was there so it will continue to do a good business well into the future. There is limited seating inside but there is some great street-side seating. Nothing overly fancy about this place. The focus is all about giving you a great sandwich that will make sure you will be back.