A sandwich for sale at Weinberger's Deli in Grapevine, Denton and Westlake, Texas — named in honor of our website, “SummerSanta.org” — has proved so successful that sandwich genius Dan Weinberger inducted it into his Sandwich Wall of Fame.
Dan originally asked Summer Santa co-founder Dave Lieber, the Dallas Morning News Watchdog columnist, if he wanted a sandwich named after him. Instead, Dave asked if the sandwich could be named after Summer Santa's website. And so it was. A star sandwich is born!
From his popular Grapevine eatery at 601 S. Main Street, Dan tells us that the tipping point for the sandwich, which has competed for two years in his annual March Madness Sandwich Competition, was a feature story in DFW.com by food critic Joseph Daniel who praised the sandwich as “heavenly” and called it a “vegetable sandwich unlike any we've ever tasted — completely mind altering.”
The sandwich contains basil, mozzarella cheese, oil, olive salad, onions, tomatoes and vinegar on toasted rye. Dan says, “It's not just about the individual ingredients. It's about how they all combine to create a special flavor and texture.” Dan named the sandwich after us because he has always supported our all-volunteer charity. Try one!
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“The Summer Santa.Org is a vegetarian meal with provolone cheese, tomatoes, red onions and balsamic dressing on toasted pumpernickel bread. The sandwich is stuffed and well worth the $6.99. Having vegetables on pumpernickel is a great twist on the usual vegetarian sandwich, where the options are normally just white or wheat bread. The red onions were crispy, so while munching on the soft bread, patrons can be surprised by the quick crunchiness. The other vegetables were fresh, and the provolone cheese was a good complement. Combining balsamic dressing and basil mayo on the sandwich is a daring move and it works.
“Without those sauces, this would just be a salad on toast. Thanks to Weinberger’s smart choice in mixing salad dressings, the Summer Santa.Org is a completely different sandwich experience.”
– North Texas Daily
“Is it really possible to subsist on vegetables? I have my doubts. Up until a few days ago, I figured all vegetarians lived a healthy, albeit miserable existence. My view changed after a visit to Weinberger's, a Chicago-style delicatessen open since 2002 in the heart of old Grapevine.
“I felt like apologizing for all those vegetarian jokes I've made over the last decade. Well, almost.
“You can thank Weinberger's SummerSanta.org ($6.99) for the change of heart. It's a vegetable sandwich unlike any we've ever tasted — completely mind-altering.
“In fact, my guest and I were certain that we bit into something meaty, something like turkey. It wasn't until we deconstructed each plate that we realized we had ordered a vegetable sandwich. Are vegetarians entirely miserable? Not with this kind of salad-inspired weaponry at their disposal.
“What's the big deal? It's just basil, mozzarella cheese, oil, olive salad, onions, tomatoes and vinegar on toasted rye. Sounds pretty basic, right? Wrong. There's more going on in between those slices of bread than our simple meat-controlled minds can comprehend. There's a reason it's called the SummerSanta.
“We asked the owner, Dan Weinberger, the secret behind his super sandwich.
“‘It's not just about the individual ingredients,' he said. ‘It's about how they all combine to create a special flavor and texture.'
“Dan found a way to trick us into thinking that we were actually eating meat. It has been done before, but not like this. I shouldn't even be telling you. I want this place all to myself.”
– Joseph Daniel in DFW.com
Read Abigail Allen's story on Weinberger's Deli from ImpactNews.com right here.