What and Where:
Earl of Sandwich | 307 South State Street | Ann Arbor, MI 48104 | (734) 213-6762
Ratings (1=terrible, 5=mind-blowingly great)
- It’s hard for me to believe, but I wrote only one restaurant review last year, for a kind of lame place in Ann Arbor (that is surprisingly still open) called Vinology. Why the drop-off in reviews? I have no clue. But maybe this year, even with the unspoken and yet assumed desire to lose weight, I’ll manage to do a few more write-ups about place. Since I’m starting the new year at Earl of Sandwich, it’ll be here.
- Ann Arbor needs another place for a sandwich like it needs another coffee shop. Just on this block off of the U of M diag, there are six or so sandwich/quasi-fast food places. And yet they still come, I guess because college kids and their ilk eat a lot of sandwiches.
- The Earl of Sandwich is a chain, albeit a small and (I presume) relatively new one. Apparently, there is some kind of connection to the original Earl of Sandwich, though it’s based out of Orlando, FL. Go figure.
- I think special orders upset them because there isn’t any choice of breads or style– it’s all white and toasted. On the other hand, the bread and its toasting are very good, and the variety of sandwich choices is about as big as any of the other half-dozen sandwich places around. I am partial myself to the beef oriented ones.
- Kind of weird decor, in a way. It’s faux quasi-British library with a big screen TV and some clocks to indicate the different time zones in different places. Interestingly, the only clock even remotely accurate was the one for Ann Arbor.
- One thing that gives this place a bit of a bump over the competitors is they do have free wifi, which I am using right now.
- Overall, pretty good, though if I was in the mood for something a little more spicy and Italian-like, I’d probably recommend Potbelly’s across the street.