Earl Of Sandwich


April 06, 1991|By Steve McKerrow

7 East Lexington St. (between Charles and St. Paul). Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; closed weekends. Call 385-1595, or fax 528-2740.

One of the nicest developments in downtown lunching in recent years has been the arrival of the elaborate salad bar, where the customer fills a carryout container from a variety of items and pays by the pound.

Separate hot and cold presentations, for $3.49 a pound and with a decided tilt toward Oriental entrees, now make this longtime lunch spot one of the better such arrays. (At one time the Earl of Sandwich was part of a national chain but is now under independent management.)

Among the hot choices, you usually find both barbecue chicken and chicken-and-vegetable (often broccoli) dishes, a particularly good lo mein (noodles), fried rice and spring rolls.

The cold bar includes a good selection of the familiar vegetable and pasta salad choices.

Given the retention of the old name, there has to be a sandwich menu. A variety of subs and standard sandwiches is topped by a selection of "Sandwich Royale" choices, including a $4.30 King Klub (turkey, bacon, lettuce and tomato), a $3.19 Royal Burger and a $3.89 Reuben.

There is ample room to eat inside, and the Earl of Sandwich also offers party trays.

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