I am flying to California later today and hate to travel on an empty stomach. Airport food is overpriced and airplane food is, well, unpalatable. I packed some snacks for the flight, but want to board this evening with a full belly.
I had some errands to run this afternoon that took me past one of my favorite sandwich shops, Tubs Gourmet Subs. For anyone that grew up in the Seattle area in the late 80s, it helps to say the complete name Tubsgourmetsubs, because if you just say “Tubs,” it conjures up images of that hot-tub-by-the-hour place called Tubs, that used to be located in the U. District. Yeah, not a very appetizing thought.
Despite the name, Tubs Gourmet Subs has one of my favorite sandwiches in Seattle: The Firecracker. A toasted baguette, with a shattering crust, is slathered with garlic mayo and sprinkled with “firecracker” seasoning. Then, they pile on slices of chicken, jack cheese, strips of bacon, jalapenos, lettuce, tomato, and a healthy (or unhealthy) few squirts of ranch dressing. It is served with warm BBQ sauce on the side for dipping. The Firecracker more than lives up to its name. After about four bites, my mouth is on fire, but it’s worth every bite.
The mister used to work near Tubs Gourmet Subs about 15 years ago. It is located in a strip mall right on Lake City Way, near Nathan Hale High School (and a gun store and a strip club, but what on Lake City Way isn’t near a gun store or a strip club?).
Gavin’s favorite sandwich was, and still is, the Joker’s Dip – an orgy of meat (ham, turkey, roast beef, and bacon) plus the requisite cheese, mayo, lettuce, and tomato served on a toasted baquette and with warm BBQ dipping sauce.
I believe Tubs Gourmet Subs (no apostrophe, by the way, that is their typo not mine) was a pioneer in the toasted baguette style of sandwich. Long before that naughty talking oven over at Quiznos started getting all the attention, Tubs Gourmet Subs has been toasting their bread.