Earl of Sandwich | Downtown Disney, Orlando, FL
Really interesting to see the difference in the quality of a chain when you travel through the United States. Like Pizza Hut in the north east vs Pizza Hut on the west coast or in the South. Pizza Hut in the north east is pretty much non-existent and sometimes not the safest place to go. On the West Coast and in the South or in Florida, for example, they’re really nicely maintained and there’s a location almost everywhere you turn.
The same goes for Earl of Sandwich.
Friends have told me that their experience with the Earl of Sandwich in NYC was rough. It’s funny — if you read through Yelp reviews for the Earl of Sandwich location in NYC, some people have cited that the reason why they visited the Earl of Sandwich in NYC is because their experience with EofS in Downtown Disney was one to remember — it was almost as magical as the Disney experience. They’ve also added that their experience at the NYC Earl of Sandwich essentially deflates the experience. #SadDays
At any rate, the good part about this is that we’re focusing on our experience at the Downtown Disney location. The experience was great.
We tried as many sandwiches as we could. Ironically, we only took a picture of one. But.. Let’s talk soup first!
Tomato Soup | croutons
Yum. And I mean… YUM. If you’ve had the creamy tomato soup from Whole Foods, which is delicious in and of itself, this is a heightened version of that great soup! Even if you’re eating it out of a to-go container, this soup is something you’d find at a Smith and Wollensky or other restaurants of that caliber. The soup was the right balance of tomato and cream. The cream is super important because it reduces or even eliminates the acidity of the tomato.
Now that I think about it, imagine a delicious vodka sauce that you’ve had in the past. This sauce comes very close to a vodka sauce. It’s that rich, but not too rich to become unbearable.
The croutons were crispy and buttery all at the same time. They made sure to nicely season those croutons to perfection, adding the right amount of texture and flavor to the soup.
So many layers of goodness. There may even have been some mozzarella in there somewhere.
The only missing touch was fresh basil. I’m all about the fresh basil with anything that has tomatoes.
Oh… and do not be afraid to dip any of the sandwiches into this tomato sauce for a nice twist!
Cannonballs! | Meatballs, Mozzarella & Parmesan Cheese & Marinara Sauce
This was an eye opening sandwich for us. The signature bread was flavorful, fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside. It’s like they’ve perfected how to toast a sandwich. Subway Franchises around the world should find a way to learn how to do this! There’s love found in the bread.
As you can see in the picture, the cheese was melted and stringy, just the way you want it to be. The tomato sauce was nicely seasoned, acidic as it would be in a meatball parm, and really fresh. I mention how acidic it is because I am not that into very acidic tomato sauces but this could be an exception to the rule.
The meatball, well… Damn. That meatball was the right texture. If not the perfect texture. The outside seemed like it had been put on the grill, so crispy and flavorful. The inside was pillowy and moist. Sometimes, the meatballs turn out to be a mixture of meat and too much bread/breadcrumbs. Not these. These are on the money.
The Original 1762® | Freshly Roasted Beef, Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Creamy Horseradish Sauce
This sandwich has earned itself a fantastic tenure because it’s really that damn good. This is the sandwich you must get before all else. The roast beef was as fresh as they sell it and the cheddar and creamy horseradish came together with a punch of flavor. Each bite is balanced and not one ingredient was too over powering. Hallelujah.
If you’re the type to push then envelope, ask for extra horseradish sauce. If they have you pay to add it, it may just be worth it. It’s that good.
Do not be afraid to dip any of the sandwiches into this tomato sauce for a nice twist!
The Earl’s Club | Roasted Turkey, Smoked Bacon, Aged Swiss Cheese, Lettuce, Roma Tomatoes, & Sandwich Sauce
Think of a standard turkey and bacon sandwich. This is what you’ll get when you order the Earl’s Club. Exactly what you’d envision it to be. This is a world above any other club sandwich you’ll get because of the bread. The bread at Earl of Sandwich is so good it has the ability to raise any standard sandwich to a new level.
Caprese | Fresh Mozzarella, Roma Tomatoes, Fresh Basil & Drizzled Balsamic Vinaigrette
This one surprised me. I expected it to be a standard caprese salad with a simple vinaigrette but boy was I wrong. The vinaigrette they used was wowza. I have a feeling they may have reduced it or mixed it with some balsamic vinegar because it was more flavorful than what you’d find on a store shelf. It’s also very possible that they added salt and pepper to season the sandwich but… I have a feeling that they did more to achieve that flavor profile. The vinaigrette wasn’t too strong, but it was sweet, tangy and of course had a balsamic base. Yummy. If you’re like me and enjoy a caprese sandwich or salad, this is one of the few I would recommend.
Philly Cheesesteak | Roasted beef, provolone, sautéed peppers & onions
Imagine your standard Philly cheesesteak with freshly sautéed peppers and onions, perfect texture and seasoned like they’ve known you for ages. Then add on some classy povolone — creamy, bringing a little salt and nuttiness to the dish. Then finally, the steak, thinly sliced strips of beef, layered evenly throughout every bite. I mean, at the end of the day, all you’ll need with this is a blanket and pillow because it’s comfort food at its finest.
Everything was awesome, delicious, and something you must have. Enough with the descriptions though! — Find your way to Orlando and make your second meal an Earl of Sandwich meal.