Today's dinner was the #14 Calling Mabel. This sandwich was named after Mark Hamel's mother, Elaine Mabel Hamel. It was a must to name a sandwich after his mother, and he picked this one because of it's simplicity and popularity.
The #14 is made with our house made tuna salad (tuna, mayo, celery), and Vermont Grafton cheddar on grilled Zingerman's Jewish rye bread.
Although this sandwich is incredibly simple, it was one that I have been dreading. Really dreading. More so probably than the liverwurst or even the pastrami, because with tuna I know what to expect, and with the others I never really know. I'm going to start by saying I used to be a tuna-lover, when I was six years old. No one ever believes this, but really it's true. Somewhere along the line though, I stopped eating tuna and added it to my "dislike" list.
When my sandwich was made, it came out of the oven with the cheese all melted and gooey, and it really did look like something I might like. The picture I took doesn't even do it justice, this sandwich really looked good. However, after trying it, I am still haven't made it back to being a tuna lover. I still dislike tuna, and I don't think any sandwich will change my mind about that.
I do see the sandwich ordered all the time, so the "tuna lovers" out there must think it is a fantastic sandwich. I can see why it has earned it's popularity, however...I don't think it is for me, at least not yet.