RE: Pretzel Sandwiches
The Pretzel Shop on Pittsburgh's South Side has served me several very good pretzel sandwiches.
However, this topic provokes me to rant about one of the most fundamentally misconceived meals I've ever eaten:
More than a decade ago, a Loew's movie theater opened near us with a restaurant inside. We ate there once when we were running late for a movie, because it would be so convenient to eat at a nice restaurant inside the theater that it was worthwhile to experiment with that restaurant.
I ordered a pulled pork barbecue sandwich served on a pretzel roll. It wouldn't be authentic, of course, but it might still be tasty.
Perhaps the fundamental flaw of this sandwich is clear to you already. I no longer remember whether I thought of that problem before ordering; if I did think of it, I assumed that such an easily circumvented problem would be avoided as a matter of course.
It was not until I was served that the misbegotten nature of this sandwich became apparent.
Here's the problem: pulled pork is sloppy, and yet the pretzel roll it was served on had large holes. So when I lifted the sandwich, most of the filling fell through to the plate or my hands. And the restaurant didn't provide silverware until I asked.
I have seen in the past year that the pulled pork sandwich on a pretzel roll is still on the Loews menu.
Perhaps no one else has had an issue with the sandwich. Perhaps they have changed the sandwich to use a pretzel roll without large holes. Or perhaps they are relying on the fact that most of their patrons are eating in the dark.