Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Hagar's Manhattan Deli on Ingersoll: Quality Purveyors of the Sandwich Arts.

Hagar’s Manhattan Deli at 3705 Ingersoll Avenue has been crafting some darn fine sandwiches for over three decades. Here's a few of my favorites.

Hagar's Egg Salad on wheatberry with lettuce and tomato is thick and chunky, even the yolk boasts a hearty bite here and there. I'd eat this straight from a container.

The Reuben with corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing and pickle on dark Russian is mighty fine, piled high, tender, and tasty.

The Zach Johnson – named after the Iowa-born and raised Masters winning golf pro – is a magnificent ham sandwich with salami, pepperoni, provolone and hot pepper cheeses, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo and oil on a soft hoagie. Moist and zesty, everything works on this build!

As for sides the baked beans were mushy but I like that at times. Toothy squares of mystery meats add flavor and textural appeal. A simple Cole slaw is a bit rich, and could use a vinegary bite to balance the flavor. I'd suggest it as a sandwich topper. For dessert, Hagar's most popular item is the 7-Layer Bar. It may claim seven layers, but for me its all about the coconut and chocolate. Its a tasty finish to any lunch at Hagar's.

Thursdays are special at the Manhattan Deli. That's when Hagar's offers The Ultimate Grinder! Featuring homemade Italian sausage, with pepperoni, capicola, mild fried peppers, provolone, and a sprinkling of Hagar's Manhattan seasoning, the sandwich is equally moist and flavorful. a little zest in the throat completes the experience.

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