A Sandwich a Day: Fried Tomato Special at Chickie's Italian Deli in Philadelphia
In this great country of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around the country. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.
The Fried Tomato Special ($6.75) from Chickie's Italian Deli in South Philadelphia is like a turkey club on steroids. The sandwich begins with a half of a giant-sized seeded roll from Sarcone's Deli split open and piled high with sliced turkey, crunchy bacon, shredded lettuce, mayo, sliced cheese, breaded fried slices of tomato, marinated roasted pepper, and your choice of either oil and vinegar or mayo.
Since this sandwich shares so many of the same qualities as a BLT or club, mayo is really the only go. This Philly-Italian take on a club sandwich is enormous, almost too big to eat in one sitting but there's something about those fried tomatoes along with the bacon and turkey that helps you power through.