What is the best sandwich that you have ever had? Think about it. Does one automatically come to mind? If you are one of those people that has gone your whole life without tasting a sandwich that instantly stands out in your brain above the rest of the mediocre fare you have experienced throughout your food eating existence, let me take care of this problem for you. It is easily solved. Just drive to 27th and Randolph in Lincoln, Nebraska, and go to M & N Sandwich Shop (near the northeast corner) and order anything on the menu. It is that simple. The M & N Sandwich Shop serves some of the best Chicago-style sandwiches around. Now if you are one of the lucky ones that has been fortunate enough to devour one of Norm K's (the man responsible) mouthwatering sandwiches, you know exactly what I am talking about.
When ordering food at M & N Sandwich Shop for the first time you have to put some thought into how you want your sandwich. It is not the mindless look at a menu and say "I'll have the number one" and then pay and wait for your food to arrive. First, you need to figure out what type of sandwich you want. I prefer the pastrami or corned beef depending on my state of mind. Some people that I know will crawl miles over broken glass to have the Triple Combo, which I have to agree is also very good. The next step in ordering one of Norm's sandwiches is to tell him if you want hot peppers or onions on your sandwich. If you like hot peppers and onions, I highly recommend you get both. The final and most important decision is how juicy you want your sandwich. To me, there is only one way to have a sandwich at M & N Sandwich Shop, and it is "sloppy". Plus, if you tell Norm you want "light juice" you will most likely get a strange look from Norm or even be suggested to at least get "medium juice".
Somedays, you can outright piss him off if you do not order correctly. Years ago one of my friends sent Norm into a tirade when my friend asked him if he still had any soup left when it happened to be in the middle of summer. But for the most part Norm is very kind and will treat you very well (unless you do something stupid). Sometimes, if he learns that you have not had a certain type of sandwich or meat before, he will give you a succulent sample of his version of it. And for goodness sake, do not ask him for samples. He will do it when he wants to.
Norm pours all of his efforts into his sandwiches and disregards other aspects of his business as secondary to non-existent. To me, this strategy is perfect (especially after you taste one of his sandwiches). Aesthetic features that other restaurants constantly fret over, such as having cool looking tables, chairs, plates, and silverware, Norm does not seem to pay any attention to or even care about. In ten years M & N Sandwich will look exactly the same as it did when he moved into the current building several years ago.
So when you are on a quest for some delicious food, especially Chicago-style sandwiches, head over to Norm's M & N Sandwich Shop. Not only will you most likely have one of the best sandwiches in your life, you will easily be able to answer the question: "What is the best sandwich that you have ever had?" If you still cannot answer that question after eating at M & N Sandwich Shop, then there is no hope for you.
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