Chatter: Cold Turkey
Who knew a sandwich could be so controversial? In her regular ’Wiching Hour column last week, Caroline Jones panned the heralded—and trademarked!—Bobbie from Capriotti’s, the Delaware sandwich outfit that recently opened an outpost on M Street NW. Fans of the Thanksgiving-themed sub flooded our comments (and the shop’s publicist sent over some sandwiches to see if we’d change our minds). “I don’t think you should be allowed to write about sandwiches anymore,” wrote S Tara. “Cap’s offers you Thanksgiving food all year round and you’re just going to throw it in their face?? For shame…”
Reader James questioned Jones’ description of the Bobbie’s sub roll as “strangely luminous,” offering a detailed if flawed scheme for investigating its luminosity. “My advice,” he wrote, “1) Find a friend 2) Go to Capriati’s 3) Buy one cheese steak with fried onions and one Bobbie 4) Observe how the bread is not luminous (unless you are eating it with an LED headlamp on in the dark which the author appears to have done) 5) Eat a half of each sandwich 6) Decide for yourself.”
That was nothing, though, compared to Jim G’s point-by-point rebuttal of Jones’ column. “1) ‘Everything in the Bobbie feels mushy.’ I disagree on two levels. Tangibly, the Bobbie does provide a range of textures—the bread’s exterior is slightly crisp, the turkey is harder than say, slices of Boar’s Head but it’s still succulent, and I’ll admit that the stuffing is soft but that’s a good thing. On the second and more abstract level, I would argue that a leftover sandwich is supposed to slide down. Spare me from having to chew through flavorless ‘celery crunch.’ I also don’t want to corral and worry about evenly dispersing the ‘whole cranberries’ that you recommended. 2) ‘Excessive slather of mayonnaise.’ Like you said in your [earlier] review of Earl’s, ‘Who cares about a little errant mayonnaise?’ Also, if Mayo isn’t your thing then just ask for light mayo and your problem is solved. 3) ‘A Thanksgiving sandwich should leave some chin dribble.’ What are you talking about? We’re not reviewing corn on the cob so I am lost. Do you want (whole) cranberries rolling down your chin? Are you suggesting that they add gravy? If so, that won’t help your texture problem. In my opinion, the Bobbie is a great sub for anyone who likes Thanksgiving flavors. I don’t work there but I am a longtime fan and I don’t want this confused review to prevent people from trying it.”
Twitter user @dcsmall tried it, and hear-heared Jones’ argument: “Am in full agreement with this review. Was so bummed out by this sandwich.”
A serious question: Why do so many people who despise movie reviews read movie reviews? Like many critics, Jen Chaney plotted the weakness in the play August: Osage County’s journey from stage to screen, but reader Betsy Donahue wasn’t hearing it. “For my friends and me the critics have no weight on our decision about this movie,” she wrote about the John Wells adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Oklahoma-set play. “We want to see it. Even if it’s all wrong, we want to see it. If Meryl chews the scenery and her relatives, we want to see it. We want to see her dance.”
Department of Corrections
Due to a reporting error, last week’s One Track Mind misspelled the name of the band Thee Lolitas as Three Lolitas. Due to a reporting error, an item about punk-rock show listings misidentified the parties who suspected pheer.com owner Pablo Van Winkle of bootlegging; Web hosts, not bands, thought he was posting illegal content. And due to a reporting error, a City Lights pick last week about Synetic Theater’s Twelfth Night referred to the character Viola as Violet.