Lenny’s is a franchise of sandwich chains that seems everywhere these days. Their slogan is “The Ultimate Sandwich” which, to put it mildly, speaks to me. Unfortunately, I’ve never had great success there. I’ve been a few times and I always get excited by all the ultimate-sandwich talk, but in the end it really seems to be just a re-branded deli: an assembly station stocked with cold cuts and some boring microwaved hot options. It’s a notch or two above a Subway, but the structure is the same: pick yer sandwich, pick yer bread, pick yer toppings — a total cop-out! The whole point of a sandwich shop is to get the ingredients and pick sandwiches that are delicious, not to play grocery store and have us play executive chef.
I tried their “All Time Classic #10″ which is their saying turkey and corned beef with cole slaw and Russian dressing. It was just sort of okay, nothing special and nothing to write home about. If you can’t tell by now, it’s really hard for me to get excited by these kinds of industrial factory sandwiches. They take a wonderful food, perhaps the greatest of all time, and reduce it to an uninformed assembly line of commodity ingredients that comes together to make an altogether underwhelming, dull, uninspired experience.