Have you heard of Earl of Sandwich? Well it’s growing in popularity across the Tampa Bay area and this restaurant is sure to please. We had the pleasure of being invited to a tasting of their menu items. Earl of Sandwich is opening yet another location and it will be in Downtown Tampa off of North Tampa Street
We were not only amazed by their signature hot sandwiches, they also have soups, salads, wraps and freshly baked desserts!
There are currently four locations in operation around Tampa and there will be a Dale Mabry location opening later this year. Our visit to the newly opened Earl of Sandwich location in Downtown Tampa was super convenient as it was really close to the John F. Germany Library, The Glazer Children’s Museum and the Straz Center. If you’re in the downtown area then it makes for a great spot to pick up lunch.
With an eating area indoors and outdoors you can cool down from the heat or enjoy the Florida sunshine. While their signature hot sandwiches is what have made them so famous, the rest of their menu choices are great contenders.
Here are some of our favorite Earl of Sandwich menu items
Chipotle Chicken Avocado
This delicious hot sandwich was probably one of our favorites. We could order this one over and over again. The sandwich came with grilled chicken, bacon, cheddar, avocado, lettuce and a perfect amount of heat from the chipotle sauce. The avocado was fresh and their was ample amounts of bacon.
Don’t think this sandwich should only be eaten for the holidays. Filled with turkey, cornbread stuffing, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce & mayonnaise, it’s comfort food all wrapped into a sandwich. Feel free to indulge it’s definitely worth every bite.
Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Our daughter loves broccoli so when I asked if she wanted to try the broccoli soup, she was super excited. She thought it was super yummy. She ate half of the soup and was already full. It came with little crackers as well. She gave the soup an A+ grade.
Berry Chicken Almond Salad
There are many salads to choose from at Earl of Sandwich. We tried out the Berry Chicken Almond Salad. The salad included a fresh spring mix, grilled chicken, fresh strawberries, fresh blueberries, almonds and a side of balsamic vinaigrette. I loved that they were generous with the fruits and almonds and chicken. It really felt like I was getting a “meaty” salad.
Don’t ever leave Earl of Sandwich without getting one of their made fresh daily dessert options. They are moist, chewy and perfect!! It really is that good. So make sure to round up your eating experience with a tasty dessert. Our favorite is the sugar cookie.
Mac ‘N’ Cheese
Who knew a sandwich place could make a decent macaroni and cheese? This wasn’t some boxed macaroni and cheese that came with powdered cheese. This was the real deal. Thankfully my daughter was nice enough to give me a few bites. We both decided that we would highly recommend this cheesy goodness. I like that it comes in its own cute container. It gives it that homemade feel.
Overall, I love that you can pair a sandwich, soup or salad together for the perfect meal at Earl of Sandwich. I would highly recommend pairing your sandwich on your first visit so that you could get a wider taste of their menu, and of course don’t forget the cookies!
Check out the newly opened Earl of Sandwich off of 811 N Tampa Street
Tampa, FL 33602. They are open from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Food review by Family-Friendly Tampa Bay Guest blogger, Toby Walsh: Review is the expressed opinon of the author.
It is 11 a.m. at the International Plaza in Tampa and the kids have had enough of shopping. You’ve successfully ushered them through the search for a new pair of jeans and flowery lotion, but your time is up.
The whiny 3 year-old’s forty-five minute good behavior limit has expired. The older kids are worn down and hungry – they say they are “starving” in fact. It’s time to head to toward the food court. With nerves frayed, you lead the troops toward International Mall’s Bay Street Food Court.
The crisis is not immediately averted when you see all the food choices available. Each kid has a different desire – the 10 year-old wants pizza while the overly-emotional 3 year-old demands mac and cheese.
In the center of the line of same-old, same-old restaurants lining Bay Street is a unique, new entrant – Earl of Sandwich. Problem solved.
There is something delicious for everyone in the family at Earl of Sandwich. The Kid’s Menu is perfectly simple and affordable – showcasing pizza, homemade mac and cheese, and a children’s hot sandwich. Any of these choices is priced less than $4.
As sufficient as the choices are for the little ones, the full menu offers a variety of sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups and desserts to fit any hungry parent’s taste. The food on either menu is fresh, made to order and customizable.
The menu also highlights Gluten Free items for those with allergies. Earl of Sandwich’s General Manager, John Dozier, explained what sets their menu apart from a run-of-the-mill sandwich shop. “We bake all bread on sight, each day. All sandwiches are made-to-order and served hot, with fresh ingredients, in less than five minutes.”
If you’re looking for a hot sandwich, the three top sellers are:
1. The Original – an appropriately sized portion of roast beef topped with cheddar cheese and horseradish sauce
2. The Chipotle Chicken Avocado – fresh chopped, grilled chicken with generous portions of bacon, cheddar cheese and sliced avocado, all garnished with lettuce and chipotle dressing
3. Holiday Turkey – the sandwich-version of a traditional turkey dinner – sliced turkey, cornbread stuffing and cranberry sauce topped with mayonnaise.
If you prefer a salad, every selection offers fresh ingredients and mixed greens presented in clever, delicious combinations. I recommend the Thai Chicken Salad.
To finish off the meal, the Ghirardelli chocolate brownie is out of sight. If a brownie won’t do, the freshly baked chocolate chip or sugar cookies will perk up any still-weary kids. Earl of Sandwich claims to have “invented the sandwich”. For any parent, though, Earl of Sandwich has done more.
They created a way for kids and parents to eat well, quickly, and without the regret of having to settle for traditional, deep-fried, fast food.
About Tobin Walsh
Tobin is a husband and father of 5. His rambunctious family life provides ample opportunities for thoughtful pieces about parenting.
His blog, The Good-Bad Dad has been featured by parenting publications such as Fatherly.com and Babble.com.