The Sandwich: The Bobbie®—yes it’s registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Where: Capriotti’s, 1800 M St. NW
Price: $7.49/nine inches, $9.99/12 inches, $15.99/20 inches
Bread: A strangely luminous white sub roll
Stuffings: Roast turkey, bread stuffing, cranberry sauce, and mayonnaise.
Thickness: 2.75 inches
Pros: The turkey looks like the stuff of Thanksgiving leftover sandwiches, but the shredded dark and white meat tastes a little dry on its own. It regains some juiciness from the mayo and a plentiful serving of jellied cranberry sauce that brightens the monochrome muck. An acidic cranberry tang also attacks the Bobbie’s aggressive salinity. Cons: Where’s the texture? Everything in the Bobbie feels as mushy as mashed potatoes. The stuffing could use some celery crunch; the cranberry sauce would benefit from whole berries. The squishy Thanksgiving fare melded with globs of mayonnaise and an incredibly chewy roll makes this beige sandwich appear to be premasticated.
Sloppiness level (1 to 5): 1. The excessive slather of mayonnaise glues it all together, which is too bad: A Thanksgiving sandwich should leave some chin dribble.
Overall Score (1 to 5): 2. Dousing this bland sandwich in condiments only does so much; nothing can make up for wet stuffing. You’re much better off waiting until the day after Thanksgiving, and crafting a sandwich of your own.
Photo by Caroline Jones