It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. I've been fighting something off and, worse yet, we're speeding our way into the busiest time of year for me at work. My back was screaming from lifting well over a literal ton of product and my mind was buzzing from being constantly bombarded with questions. When I left work, I was beaten and tired. Then I found myself walking across Monument Square and felt beckoned by the sign for Cobblestones. Truthfully, I hadn't revisited the site since Henry the VIII's vacated and it was a mixture of hunger and curiosity that led me inside.
I was extremely happy that I did. Granted, I was a bit thrown by the quote from FromAway that is plastered across the front window:
"A workaday sandwich shop as designed and imagined by people who clearly think about and care a lot about sandwiches."It's a nice, apropos quote but I just found extremely weird that a quote from a blog would be used so prominently to advertise a business. But, if it draws the curious and gets people in the door, then whatever works, right?
But, we're not talking about my personal feelings about that (and it's in no way personal towards either the shop or the blog) it is completely rooted in finding it weird that blogs, in general, are used to promote/market a business. But, you know, TV shows and movies are starting to use peoples Tweets to promote their shows... so, yea... I guess that's where this is going.
Anyway, back to the sandwich.
I ordered the Hot Boston Brisket Pastrami, served with Swiss cheese, caramelized onions, deli mustard and grilled on Marbled Rye. I lucked out by walking in five minutes before their door closed. If I had missed the opportunity... If I had just been five minutes later... My day would have ended on a much fouler note than it did because this sandwich was exactly what I needed. Perfectly peppered and tender Pastrami was definitely the star, cut thick and piled generously on the rye. And, c'mon, who in their right mind DOESN'T like Marbled Rye? If that's you, then you're no friend of mine. The onions were a bit of a throw away for me, though they did add a nice sweetness against the biting whole grain mustard.
While different, I will say that the owners of Cobblestones may actually be putting out a heartier, more satisfying sandwich than the former occupants. My visit may have been completely on a whim, but the wonderful, 'just exactly perfect' sandwich I had, on a not so perfect day, will bring me back for some of their other tempting offerings in the near future.