Matthew Lickona 2:43 p.m., June 19
Right across the street from Rite-Aid on Robinson and Fifth Ave., the Hillcrest Sandwich Co. has been cranking out scrumptious sammys since 1990.
The menu has a list of turkey sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, vegetarian sandwiches, club sandwiches, and "seafood specialties."
I decided I'd try out the Neptune's Delite, consisting of surimi crab and bay shrimp, with mayo, spices, and avocado on sweet Hawaiian bread. If there is a family tree diagram of all of the foods in the world, I would imagine these ingredients to be exactly equidistant from each other, because they cause a taste-harmony to oscillate perfectly in a human mouth, becoming something greater than the sum of its parts. And if the connection between these ingredients was not evident in said family tree diagram, I would question the validity of that system. It's kind of like when you are looking at those 3D pictures and can't see the image, and then all of the sudden it pops out. Well that's what this sandwich did to my mind, via the sense of taste.
The sweet, soft Hawaiian bread complimented all of the ingredients perfectly. The shrimp and avocado mayo mix was perfection. Well worth the $7.45.
My partner had a S.C.O.B.A.L.T., consisting of smoked cheddar cheese, onions, bacon, avocado, lettuce and tomato on black bread. She calls it her "dream sandwich," and claims it's the smoked cheddar that ushers in the dream, for $5.95. Since I'm a pescatarian I refrained from sampling it, which is fine because half of the Neptune's Delite sandwich was enough to get the pleasure centers in my mind going for hours.
The owner, Lilly, is very friendly and efficient. Our sandwiches were out in three minutes. When a rush of five people showed up, they were all doing the mac daddy within ten minutes. Although I didn't get a taste of the S.C.O.B.A.L.T., Lilly brought out some different tunas for us to sample, since we asked about the differences when ordering. Holy crap, they have a tuna with almond bits that is amazing — fresh and zesty.
3780 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1
Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.