The Perfect Gobbler
This weekend I had an experience at a restaurant that warranted me blogging about it. Yes, it happens to be a client of ours but that’s not the reason why I am writing about. It’s the incredible sandwich and overall experience that has me wanting to sing their praises.
Let me start out by first telling you about the type of sandwich that makes me do a happy dance. For as long as I can remember my wife and I have referred to a turkey sandwich with cranberry sauce as a gobbler. We’ve been chasing gobblers since we met 20 years ago and we’ve had some of the best, all over the world. For us it all started in the mid 90’s when we were living in the seacoast of New Hampshire at a restaurant in New Market at the time called Wheelies Roast Beef. They had a version of the gobbler that had turkey, cranberry, and bacon and was served on an onion roll. It was awesome, and it probably still is. There’s place in Washington DC called Jetties that also does an delicious gobbler. The standard to all Gobblers and the namesake of the sandwich is from a place in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard called Skinny’s Fat Sandwiches. Their gobbler was always my favorite, but that’s a long way to travel for a sub. This led to other great gobbler finds from Maine to California and back again. My love for these has never dwindled.
Last weekend I was lucky enough to be invited to see ACDC at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA. Side note: The concert was unreal and Angus Young acted like he was 25. I’m not sure how he doesn’t blow his knees out every show. If they come to a city near you go and get a ticket. They may never be back again. Anyways, I had some time to kill and spent some time at Patriot Place looking for obscure John Hannah and Moises Tatupu jerseys, and I noticed there was a Capriotti’s Sandwich store in the shopping area. As they are a client of ours, I always like to try to buy from someone who invested in us. All I can say is WOW! The gobbler sandwich there is called the Bobbie and it is something to seek out. From the moment I opened the door to the brightly lit, extremely welcoming decor to the woman who took my order, explaining everything on my sandwich and soft peddling an up sell (clearly she’s been trained well, because the first impression of this business was professional all they way). I really hoped my sub would be as good as the service. I waited a few minutes for the Bobbie to get constructed and out it came wrapped in a nice sub paper.
When I unrolled this thing of beauty I could barely believe my eyes. This is no deli sliced turkey meat slapped on some bread with canned cranberry sauce. This was hand roasted white and dark meat picked off of a turkey, piled with the perfect amount of stuffing and some of the best cranberry sauce I’ve ever had. I can’t be certain but they might make it from scratch, it sure tasted like that. Who cares? All of this gets piled on the perfect roll. When I get a sub roll that can’t handle the sauce and just shreds apart it infuriates me. It ruins a good sub. The rolls that Capriotti’s uses are absolutely perfect, with enough chew and outer core to contain any sauce but soft enough that your aren’t going to pull out a molar. With every bite I loved it more and more. When I got home a week later I was still craving this amazing sandwich, so I went online pulled up a store close by and sampled a couple more. The Capastrami is as amazing as the Bobbie.
I can certainly say Capriotti’s is every bit as good as the hype or quite possibly better. I’d like to think that having a learning management system like LearningZen helps build this culture of excellence. The quality ingredients, the impeccable service and the inviting décor shows me they’ve built a franchise system that will be here for the long haul. If you get a chance try the Bobbie, thank me later and enjoy a post-thanksgiving sandwich any time of the year.