Erbert and Gerbert’s Sandwich Shop
J and I had another one of those rare baby-free outings yesterday as J’s mom was in town and willing to watch the little one for a while. After a long, relaxing lunch at Olde Peninsula, we needed to do some shopping in Portage.
I didn’t recognize the sign, but I did notice an open sign flashing in the window. When J got home from work today, she took L and went right to bed for a nap. I asked if she wanted lunch and since I had some time while they were napping, I knew I could run to Portage and get back before they got out of bed.
Erbert and Gerbert’s Sandwich Shop has 47 locations mostly in Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Portage location, which is also the only Michigan location, is on South Westnedge right across the street from the entrance to the mall.
The Erbert’s and Gerbert’s story starts in Eau Claire, WI about 25 years ago. The sandwiches all have wacky names but they are pretty standard sub shop sandwiches.
The small shop has a few tables for dining in, but it’s really not all that big. The order area is kind of squeezed in the corner next to a small sandwich creation area.
The sandwiches all start with choice of white or wheat bread. Once you decipher their naming system, you actually don’t have a lot of choices for customization. There are a few things you can add on, but they all cost a little extra. The sandwiches come with predetermined toppings which you can choose to leave off, but adding things on is going to cost you a little extra.
I found a lot of options that sounded pretty good, but the one I chose goes by the name Flash. I opted for wheat bread which held in the capicola, salami and ham. The toppings including lettuce, provolone, oregano, tomato, onion, oil and vinegar, and mayo (which I left off).
On J’s sandwich, I did a little more customization. She ordered the Girf which is turkey and ham with lettuce, tomato, provolone and mayo (left off this sandwich as well). For add on, I got banana peppers ($0.75) and sliced pickles ($1.19).
The total cost was a little over $13 with no chips or drinks. I was taking the sandwiches home and I’d rather stop and get a Pepsi than drink Coke which they have on fountain.
It took only a couple minutes for my name to be called. I was handed a pretty large, heavy bag wit the two sandwiches then headed home.
The first thing I noticed when unwrapping the paper to get to the sandwich was that there seemed to be extra bread on top of the sandwich. It looks like they cut out part of the middle of the bread to stack the ingredients. Instead of throwing that piece of bread away, they just include it on top of the sandwich.
The three meats on my sandwich were wrapped up and piled up high on the whole wheat bread. There was just enough lettuce to let you know it was there, but they didn’t fill the bread with veggies which I always enjoy. I’m not exactly sure why they put both mayo and vinegar and oil on a sandwich, but I really enjoyed the vinegar and oil without the mayo. I just don’t get ruining sandwiches with mayo. This was delicious without it.
When J unwrapped her sandwich I noticed it was much larger than mine. They really piled the extra veggies on hers with the large stack on turkey and ham. Since the sandwich was already cut in half, she wrapped half of it back up so she’d have lunch tomorrow. We didn’t really eat at the same time, so when I asked her about it later, she said it was good and definitely a place she would eat at again.
Ebert and Gerbert’s is another addition to the sandwich landscape. It’s by far better than the other big name chain sandwich shops in the nearby vicinity. It’s hard to get away from my favorite local sandwich place, but I did enjoy my lunch from Erbert and Gerbert’s and would go back if we were in the area.