At Erik's last week, I ordered a Chicken Salad Club Sandwich.
When it arrived, my heart sank:
* Instead of being on toasted bread, it was on untoasted bread
* Instead of being quartered, it was cut in half
* Instead of having meat-lettuce-bacon-tomato on each of the two levels, it had meat on one level and lettuce-bacon-tomato on the other
And it had no frilly toothpicks!
I've come to accept that what a menu calls "chicken pot pie" is rarely pie – it's usually just stew with a pastry shell on top.
I've come to accept that "baked Alaska" is almost never actually ice cream and sponge cake in a toasty meringue shell.
I've come to accept that "Caesar salad" will almost never contain raw eggs and whole Romaine leaves.
There's definitely room for "interpretation" of classic dishes, but that's not what this is. This ersatz club sandwich was the bastard child of carelessness and corner-cutting.
To have a popular time-honored institution like Erik's flagrantly ignore such basic club sandwich requirements as toasting and quartering and disposing ingredients equally between layers…that's just bullsh*t.
And no frilly toothpicks!? There's steam streaming out my ears now. This is a big deal!!