Have you ever had a sandwich you loved so much you’d do anything to have one every day of your life? Schlotzsky’s Englewood’s owner Lea Dalleggio knew from her first Fresh Veggie that she would do whatever it took to open up her own restaurant. A New-Jersey native, Lea had her first sandwich while visiting her grandmother in Texas, launching a dream and a mission. Lea describes her relationship with Schlotzsky’s as nothing less than obsessed, fueling her dream to open the first and only franchise not only in New Jersey, but on the entire east coast. A small chick herself, Lea proved in true Schlotzsky’s fashion that if you follow your passion (and your stomach), the sky’s the limit.
I had the opportunity to try not just one of their new Route 66 sandwiches, but all three. I started with the Windy City Pastrami & Swiss, a fresh take on the classic sandwich. The meat to cheese ratio was the best I have seen from a sandwich shop. I had to cut myself off from the Windy City, in order to save room for the other two. I moved on to the Albuquerque Turkey, which ended up being my favorite by a landslide. The combination of the chipotle mayo and the jalapeño cheese bread gave it the perfect amount of kick, balanced by the melty cheddar, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese trio. Not to mention the generous portion of bacon. The California Chick came in at a close second, with its fair share of bacon, spice, and jalapeño cheese bread. In case that doesn’t sound delicious, the California Chick also features Schlotzsky’s guacamole, which is without a doubt the best sandwich shop guacamole I have had.
My first Schlotzsky’s experience was definitely a good one. I was very fortunate to get to sit down with Lea and I will definitely be going back hungry soon. Schlotzsky’s not only offers a great sandwich at a great price, but also makes lunch hour easy with to-go orders, delivery, and an order online option.
Schlotzsky’s would like to extend a special deal to SCBD readers. They will be offering a Two for Tuesday special if you “LIKE” Schlotzsky’s Englewood on Facebook and show them proof when you come in. Their slogan definitely rings true, “Funny name, serious sandwich.”
*Disclaimer: The PR team paid for my meal. I was not required to write about these experiences and my opinions are my own and unbiased.*